Sunday, June 20, 2010

Life through Artists Eyes!

Cam ~  sketch of a little cutie-pie

Something got me thinking the other day which intrigued me. I was wondering why artists see the world around them differently?. Why do they see things non-artists don't see?. Is it something they are taught or is it just inherent in them as artists?.That's really fascinating and as someone who wasn't always a visual artist, I've definitely found myself looking at the whole picture more and more. I have had no formal training but it's just something that seemed relevant to my work. Have I subconsciously taught myself to look for things like form, textures, light & colours other than the actual picture.

Ravi Vora, a Creative Director with a degree in advertising , summed it up quite simply... we can teach ourselves to observe things in order to release our creativity.

So, all the artists reading this, have a look around you and see if you can seperate the observations of an object or picture from assumptions.


Sandra said...

Wow! What an amazing drawing! The eyelashes are so good - I am not good at those at all. (I must practice.) These beautiful, big eyes look so alive! I was looking at your web-site the other day - totally in awe, I must say :0)
Like you, I didn't always see the world through an artists eye, but I have learned to see (as we all can learn), and I am still learning!

Debbie said...

Sandra, I think as artists we are 'forced' in a way, to see the shapes, lights and textures etc. It seems an integral part of how we eliminate the 'unnecessary' detail which can kill a subject or painting. Thanks for you sweet reply and thumbs up in my sketch. Those eyes were too irresistible not to draw.

Krista Meister said...

Debbie, your drawing is amazing! So innocent and childlike. Interesting topic too. I've always seen with artistic eyes, but didn't know that's what it was and didn't know that other people saw things differently until a few years ago. I think creative people FEEL and experience events differently. I try to explain this to my non-artist husband. An event that has impacted me so emotionally has no effect on him. I think we slow down and observe more and appreciate nature and life at a slower pace. And it's so nice to open up someone else's eyes to the beauty of light and shadow, the wonder of a spectacular sunset, etc.
Sorry to be so long-winded!

Debbie said...

Hey Krista. Thank you for popping in. You are so right about others who are not so tuned with seeing the finer details of life.. my hubby is one of them.... I think they miss out on so much.

Lovely to hear you stay in Michigan. My stepson lives there too. He attended MU and now works for Google there. I also popped into your blog and loved your work! Thanks for your response!

martinealison said...

Hi Debbie,
Merci pour le gentil commentaire laissé sur mon blog. Je profite encore cette semaine de vacances, mais je reviendrai vite admirer votre travail.
Fabuleux dessin et sujet intéressant... Je pense que non seulement nous regardons les choses autrement mais nous sentons autrement. L'association de la vue et du touché est similaire et s'associe aussi à la musique et aux odeurs...
Bisous à très bientôt