Steve Huston is one of the best artists and teachers of our time. His advice has been helping me figure out how I should approach making art and why I create art in the first place.
In this interview, Steve Huston talks about how to grow as an artist, how to develop a unique style, how to find what calls to you, and much more. It’s a mighty 106 minute conversation filled with golden nuggets. Don’t miss this one.
Steve recently published an instructional book on figure drawing. I think it’s a must have for every artist learning how to draw: Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count
01:44:44 - Where can we get your book?
00:00:33 - Steve’s new book
00:00:45 - Going to Art Center*
00:01:21 - Drawing Comics as a Kid
00:02:15 - Illustrating after art school
00:03:36 - Teaching at Art Center*
00:04:21 - Taking over the classes of famous teachers
00:06:28 - Learning paint and color
00:09:00 - How did you learn color?
00:13:28 - Finding your style
00:14:34 - Working after Art Center
00:15:44 - Becoming a better artist
00:19:49 - Growing as an artist through teaching
00:21:20 - Making a finished art piece
00:26:25 - Thinking critically about the art you’re making
00:27:58 - Good copying vs bad copying
00:28:59 - Art as philosophy
00:30:26 - Developing an art style
00:33:34 - Creating a truly unique style*
00:46:36 - Drawing and painting better by asking question*
00:53:27 - Steve Huston’s inspirations
00:58:39 - What does an artist do if they don’t have any good ideas?
01:01:23 - How do artists balance idea and craft?
01:02:55 - Being afraid of drawing something “wrong”*
01:09:58 - The tools for creativity
01:11:40 - What is the purpose of creating art?
01:16:28 - How do you find what calls to you?*
01:27:00 - What was your creative learning schedule like?
01:33:52 - What would you have done differently in your art education?
01:36:16 - Did you study more from life or more from masters?
01:37:48 - Consistency in your artwork
01:39:13 - What do you enjoy more: quick-sketch or longer drawings?
01:41:09 - What medium do you want to learn?
01:42:02 - Any new books coming up?
01:43:18 - Where do you see your art going in the next 10 years?