Published: June 14, 2017
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By: Tiffany Liu, University of California San Diego
To be an artist, in part, entails a never-ending drive to create, and to improve. To be an artist is to feel your heart soar when your last brushstroke finds its place on a piece, to step back and proudly admire a freshly completed piece only to be replaced almost seconds later with an almost omnipresent dissatisfaction that you knew was coming, anyway. And that's a more favorable scenario than most, even, because sometimes-- more often than not--the pride and happiness never make it.
The truth is, nobody is born an artist. We may work just as hard, but most of the time, our efforts are given less value than efforts in other activities; we pale in comparison to other professions, and are almost always first to be undermined, because a dedication to creating beautiful things feeds no mouths. And yet, even to those who respect and admire our trade (or are even prospective members), our hard work is often unintentionally invalidated, dumbed down to something as simple as seemingly effortless natural-born skill, or the dreaded word "talent". Something so inherent like blood and genetics, even, as my own grandma once claimed about my love for the arts. But only those who have toiled away into the morning hours for as long as they can remember, who have poured their heart and soul into their works and the drive for something better, would unconsciously know this.
This is a short speedpaint video of my drawing process on a traditional art piece, as has been requested for awhile of me by some of my fellow artist followers on art-sharing sites I'm a part of, as well as the customer base I've built over the years. It's an extension of my personal narrative, and in it I expand a bit on certain things I feel both beginning artists and art admirers should know—mainly, the issue of talent vs. hard-work and what such terms truly mean for artists in relation to other professions. The video is intended not only to give a little bit of background information to its viewers on what 's down the path of being an artist but also to show, not tell, some of the stylistic tips/tricks other artists may find useful in their own works.