I pick up a paint brush, I'm already thinking like a critic, analyzing my moves, content, intent, subject matter, all that craziness which is basically useless when it comes down to color and shape.
I pick up an ink brush, nothing matters, i want to WORK!! I'll do anything, well, MOST anything without a second thought. With ink I'm fearless, with paint, man, it's just so LOADED for me.
I did do some "Ugly" paintings a few months ago, to lighten up. They're funny.
Like I said, my opinion. L.A. sucks. 'Traffic' is the least of the problems in that place.
Im with Maynard James Keenan...
'One great big festering neon distraction...
Ive a suggestion to keep you all occupied...
Learn to swim.'
Dont mean I dont love some folks there...except Gil.
DWITT- It can be compared to someone having to make a presentation before a bunch of people. If theyve written out an outline for the speech, and sometime during the speech they mistakenly skip a point...no big deal. Because if they are the only person with an outline...no one will know.
Hold your cards close to your chest. Thank your Impressionists, your Expressionists, the Nabi and the 'Vogues'...and Picasso and Pollock...and a bunch of other cats who eliminated all the rules in painting. People are too expressive about their work sometimes...even on here. Many times, no matter what a person says, they dont want to know WHY you drew something...or what the REAL story is behind a piece of art. It's too much information: let them 'own' the work...apply their own emotional chains to it.
Like, if you see problems with your paintings, dont say a word. Work it out...just you and the canvas...one on one...but its between you two. Oftentimes, you'll see flaws...others will see genius.
:mrgreen: many thanks, it was my second silkscreen (no!) like the completely ruined halftones and lack of border are on purpose!!!! But I still think it's funny. I don't have it anymore, lost it in the fire that destroyed e'thing two years ago in Hermosa Beach. So I don't have any of like my first 40 posters.
LA is crackin. Tons of work/music/people etc... It definitely does not suck. It's what you make of a town. It's just personal preference. I for one could never live in Texas or Maine for that matter but I don't think those places suck, just couldn't do it. LA is one hell of a town with lousy traffic. I've lived in several of the majors for extended periods of time and LA is a GOLDMINE with lousy traffic.
I can't separate, so I listen to every dickhead critic thinking "I know I suck, but I'm tryin and tryin, and some people are enjoying the effort, so just give me a breath." I gotta learn to shrug it off like you guys.
I don't think there are any rules about making posters, which is why I'm having so much fun.
Comics has rules, and takes time. Posters are pure fun for me, and I don't make ANY money doing it.
Painting can frustrate me, only becuase i am paralyzed by my own inner critic. I've seen so much, read tons of theory, I just don't feel it there like I do drawing stupid stuff for rock shows.
Nothing on this site keeps me awake at night. I value the opinion of like 10 people here. The rest are easily shrugged off. It's funny I always get more irritated slams on others work more than my own. I know I suck. I can't be objective about that. It's black and white. Other peoples work IS subjective so it just bugs me when people slag it.
Yay! I get to go home. nice 12 hour work day in the record books!
You know I got big love for LA. I just burnt out really, meltdown, got really sick. SO I had to come back down South. I miss it, I was libing in Los Feliz right off Vermont and having a good time, but sometimes, you gotta take yer self outta the sit-chee-ay-shun.
-exposure to new 'fans', most of whom are more financially 'gifted'
-the ecstasy of the 'painting zone' cannot be matched.
-take 5 of your posters, add the fee you got for doing em, plus the money youd make if you sold out of the entire runs...and it almost equals what you can get paid for ONE painting, once your base is 'established'.
-the sense of 'accomplishment' is orgasmic
-there are NO rules
L.a. rules. You just got to know how to work it.
Dave, I'm fine with critique, it's statements like
"This is not a slam or dis or whatever The Game may call it, I ask this in all seriousness... how does a person, (Speed), with such sub-par skills as a designer get so may gigs and for big names to boot? I just don't get it." that make me discoureged about this site.
Sacking groceries? You're going to play football?
I AM quitting by going back to school in a city where flip-flops are high fashion and the street parties rival mardi gras. Hell could be worse, it could look alot like LA.
And congrats, I hooked up with friends at Covered Dish in Gainesville for my first 8-10 posters. That led to a LTJ poster which led to goldenvoice hooking me up to make posters, which led to everything else. Just stay busy (which I don't, half the year I'm in a black depression, but that's just to give my homies time to catch up!!!)
Yeah DW, I just hooked up with an East Coast promoter that should keep me busy, that's always cool to just have a flow. My super-agent is working something out for exclusivity on a west coast venue of note, and the pay is good, so my untalented fingers are crossed.
Exactly. The secret is in the footwork, and of course the mediocrity of the portfolio!!!! But really, you do get it started by just staying busy on the phone, the internet, and learning that most promoters care about it being ontime rather than ontarget.
Thanks Max. This was my 2nd silkscreen ever, done in my old living room. I get the gigs by picking up my phone generally. Or my answering machine, or by calling my agent and seeing who wants me to make a poster. Pollstar is good if you want to get sued or work for free, and get sued.
goto Pollstar. find a show coming to you that you would like to do. contact the venue and the band...tell them who you are...ask if you can do the poster.
its really that easy...just don't expect to be paid.
This is not a slam or dis or whatever The Game may call it, I ask this in all seriousness... how does a person, (Speed), with such sub-par skills as a designer get so may gigs and for big names to boot? I just don't get it.