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How can I attain artistic
Leonardo da Vinci. Michaelangelo. Pablo Picasso. Vincent Van
Gogh. Pollack. Hearst. Artistic genius is a sought-after
commodity. We worship the great masters of art. But how can YOU
attain artistic genius? How can YOU develop your artistic
intelligence. This is the question that burned in the mind of
Nate, a fellow reader of this website...
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008
hi. do you know of
any courses or books on attaining to artistic genius
Here is my reply:
Thank you for your email and your question.
Answer: Specifically? No. But here is my brain dump on
resources that you could look at within this dimension:
'Drawing On The Right Side Of Your
Brain' by Betty Edwards
The Carder Method: http://www.thecardermethod.com/clips/overview.html
Jacques Fresco teaches drawing:
'Cosmic Memory' by Sheila
Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder, chapter 15: Multiplying
Memory, section on Artificial Reincarnation -- where
Russian art students were hypnotized into believing they
were famous Masters like Rembrandt, Picasso, Raphael etc.
After a number of weeks the talent (but not the personality
of the Master) seemed to filter through.
Emulate: If you are already a skilled
artist, but not a genius artist, then my recommendation
would be emulation (reading about lives of great artists,
copying their works and styles, obsessing over a particular
artist that you feel drawn to, inhabiting their lives as it
From emulation and imitation, you will educate your mind
to the importance (to you) of brilliance, innovation,
originality and then you can use the shoulders of these
giants to launch your own art to the next level. Just as
they often did.
If you have any opportunity to be around other genius
artists, or in a super creative part of society where art
is valued and financially well-supported, you will benefit
by association. The benefit of like minds, benefactors,
mastermind groups, and a little competition is not to be
Mastering fundamentals in art, or any other skill, is
essential. Once that knowledge is unconscious and 'in the
blood' then you have the freedom to start dumping
convention and innovate according to your own muse.
See also 'Why Artists Starve' for
some useful distinctions, about half way down page, under
May 19th 2006, sub-section titled Why Artists Starve
Thank you for your question. I hope that you find something
of value in my answer.
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