to better resolutions
Happy new year! If your new year’s resolution is to rekindle your relationship with drawing and painting, and to get your art seen by people who matter, you’ve arrived at the right place for inspiration and guidance. In our news section, a collection of professional artists and art directors reveal how you can make this year your best in art. I’d advise you to read their insights on page 20.
It’s hard to hear this, but it’s true: it’s all down to you. What you get out of art (and life) is what you put into it. I know that taking something you’ve created in the security of your own home and putting it out there for others to see can seem like an enormous undertaking. But everyone – even the professional artists you see in this magazine – has to start somewhere. And if you don’t even start, you’ll never, ever, end up anywhere. Take the artists in our Concept Art Legends feature (page 40). The art in this collection is a celebration of the unique styles and different voices an artist can bring to their creations. But these people didn’t start out as fully formed creators and I’m sure that even now they have days when they don’t feel up to scratch.
I saw a great quote on Twitter recently from Chris Oatley, where he said: “Artists, you chose one of the most challenging creative paths imaginable. Don’t make the challenges MORE difficult by beating yourselves up.” Does this sound like you?
So, here’s to 2015. I hope it’s a happy and creative one for you all.