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Art: Put some lines in the right place

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Art: Put some lines in the right place

A round-up of the best advice we’ve found from artists. For when you’re feeling bleh.

Sometimes the art just won’t come. Your pencil may as well be broken, your found items remain lost, your oils are watery and your waters are oily. When you need a bit of a boost to keep chipping away at that block of marble, here are some helpful tips from people who’ve been paid cash money to make an art. We call them artists.

Jamie Hewlett

“That moment when it’s really happening before your eyes, and everything is just perfect, and all the lines you’ve got on the paper are in the right place. That’s all drawing is really, just putting some lines in the right place. Exactly the right kind of lines, and then lots of colour, and you’ll find something amazing.”

Andrea Zittel

“You have to learn to feel confident about the prospect of failing because it’s so inevitable.”

Idris Khan

“Try everything. Don’t worry if the work you are making isn’t what you want it to be… remember, work creates work. Make sure to stay up really late, see the sun rise and have fun. All your experiences feed into your art.”

Marion Peck

“Now there are endless images at your fingertips, but you need to find the ones that awaken your creativity and keep them near to you. Sometimes it can be something blurry and vague… I have this one little scrap of paper with a very low-res image of a kitten’s face on it, and something about it makes me come back to it again and again, trying to capture something elusive about it. When you find an image like that, hold onto it like it was gold.”

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