I loved this illustrated video from Neil Geiman`s commencement speech at the University of the Arts in 2012.
And as artists, we tend to forget that.
In art, It is our task to find our own voice and people tend to confuse that process with plagiarism. It`s ok to copy other`s work, that`s how you learn and find your signature. You`ll notice you do the same thing but in a different way. After that, make your own art. Do the things that only you can do.
You are your greatest tool.
“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
It`s a lie that you can`t live off of art. This industry has been degraded because society has drastically undervalued artists. People who choose this path are considered weird or crazy. But at least we are crazy enough to chase what we want.
“Art is everywhere. Try to imagine a world without it. Without graphics. Without font design. Without logos. Everything done in the same, bland typefaces, with no images and no sense of color. Artists are more than people who sit and make pretty pictures. They are what gives companies an image, an identity.”
But this goes beyond that. To the performers, painters, singers, actors and all other artists in the making, keep making good art, someday, it might inspire someone.
-THE URBAN DISTRICT