I recently hired someone to do an art project for me because, on paper, she was years ahead of me in regards to formal education and what looked like artistic talent.
I had a concept which I felt could have been done better by a “professional”.
I was pretty disappointed when what she gave me was something I could have done myself, and without going far outside my current digital design abilities. Which, I have to say are rustier than a 70yr old veteran truck diver’s ability to ride a bicycle. In today’s atmosphere, however, I wouldn't be surprised if he rode a unicycle while joggling toy tonka trunks for Burning Man.
Where was I? Oh yeah, don't judge a book by its (digital) career portfolio. I kept asking myself “How could this be SOoooooo basic?”. I gave a full sketch with details. In truth, it was like the designer couldn't follow instructions, what she didn't do however, is add to the design. No flair, nothing new or extra, just a digital version of the sketch, but without a vision. It wasn't until I came to this IG post -
- When I realized how much of me was my own problem in this case, and a few others.
I expected someone to understand me because I thought they were smarter than me. That could mean smarter in a field, skill, etc, and fundamentally this can hold true. But what does it mean for my vision if someone has the skills to build it (arguably speaking) but lacks the imagination to see it? I expected an artist of a different type, to understand my craft and idea because we were similar. We both went to school for some type of degree in some type of digital Art that sounded good at the time. We both seemed like hustlers, self-starters. Yet their portfolio was more extensive than mine. I imagine had I actually pursued the profession, I would have a more extensive showcase myself.
Looking at my big picture, I know why I design things. What little meanings each stroke on the canvas could have, or how I play with shadow and negative space in my work. Moments of objective acceptance helps me understand the issue with, and appreciate for some contemporary art.
Not many years ago a city artist was making urinal sculptures. Turning the men’s room standing piss pot into pieces of appreciation. either that or he/she was having a laugh (aka being ironic in their social commentary) .
What the hell were they really thinking, and was it fully conveyed? That's the difference in repurposed toilet ware art, and a master sculptor who can capture any likeness perfectly; imagination, ingenuity, creativity, boldness. I was exposed to more urinal art than fine works for that period and that artist made enough of a name to likely propel attention towards their next contemporary work. Thus making a name, gaining fame or infamy, or whatever their goal is.
If I’ve tried to learn anything from this ongoing experience is this;
"The difference between you and everyone else isn't what you know, its how you think. Sometimes you may not be able to properly communicate what you think. But sometimes, that makes it even more valuable, worthy of the efforts it takes to prove it to yourself first. The same vision you have now may be something your mentor wouldn't think of for another decade. "
And don't forget, sometimes people “get” you, but they just don't respond how you want or need them to. Sometimes, thats not their fault.