Waiting for Inspiration? Spend the Time Practicing

There’s a belief that all the great artists are inspired, that what makes their work wonderful is a brilliant idea or new insight. But this is just a myth. A single moment of brilliance can be blinding to the rest of us, but there’s more to it than that. You can’t make use of inspiration if you don’t know how to use your medium. Great art comes from lots of work, which can be summed up in one word: practice.

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Kiri Leonard, Fantasy Illustrator: Her Talent Is Working Hard

Kiri Østergaard Leonard is a fantasy illustrator with a lush realism to her work. Most people seeing her paintings would … More Kiri Leonard, Fantasy Illustrator: Her Talent Is Working Hard

No Talent or Patience? You Can Still Make Great Art

Not long ago, I asked a friend if she was interested in writing a book. I was gearing up for … More No Talent or Patience? You Can Still Make Great Art