First up, here’s the weekly artwork:
Art is generally intended to make the viewer feel something. However, it is also vital for the artwork to make the creator feel something as well, and, importantly, for the creator to feel during the creative process. The viewer, if the artwork is successful, is transfixed by the artwork, and through that transfixation the viewer feels emotion specific to that viewer. In order for transfixation of the viewer to be possible, however, the creator themselves must be transfixed as they create the artwork. It is through this channel that meaningful work can emerge.
I talk about this process more in My Aim, though I just wanted to mention here that music is a powerful tool for an artist, because it makes the artist feel. If the creator does not feel, is not transfixed, during the creation of the artwork, then I don’t believe it is truly art they create. This isn’t much of a restriction, since most of the time artists do feel something from their work. But I think this process during the creation of artwork is what is often overlooked, and is what separates the incidental mark-making from creation of artwork, even if the artwork is as simple and abstract as a few lines.
All images, writing, characters, artwork and related indicia are (c) Earl Isbell
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