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Career Breakout: Artist Dyanne Parker Leads

Artist’s Square member and respected artist Dyanne Parker shares professional insight regarding inspiration and the process of capturing and expressing new ideas.

How does an artist stay inspired and get new ideas?”

Inspiration is a 24/7 thought process.

I’ve read many excerpts on this subject and have been amazed at how many self-proclaimed stumped artists there are in the world. Regarding a strict time table, sometimes it takes days or longer too actually come up with an idea that you think will amaze the world. That is, if amazing the world is what you are looking to do.

In all honesty, an artist never really knows what will amaze the world or even speak to a potential client. It is not uncommon to work on a project for a long period of time and think, oh yeah, this one will get attention. Unfortunately getting noticed may take a “long” time, if ever at all. Then again, there have been times where I randomly painted a subject, posted it online, and sold the creation on the same day.

New and fascinating ideas are everywhere.

My professional advice is to paint everything. I’ve also heard many professionals state than an artist should find their own style so that they are known and recognized for their own work. Problem is, the only way you find your passion of what and how to paint or create in any field is just do it, borrowing a phrase from Nike.

Discover beauty and paint everything. When you need inspiration, find a subject as small as an item you have around the house and paint it. Who knows, perhaps the crumb will evolve into a bold cake… in other words, even the tiniest seed can cultivate into a revolutionary position.

Again, paint everything.

As with any passion (no matter the career you find yourself in), get out of your comfort zone and discover new techniques, colors, and effects. If, during the process of painting, you become stumped or truly frustrated, take a breather and simply walk away. I have found it helpful to put work in a different light or sometimes even put it away.

Research current trends but always stay true to your heart and definitely don’t try to be someone else.

Walk, sing, shop, or even clean and see what thoughts come to you. The time away from the chore or stress may do wonders for your psychological health (and those around you).

Here’s a proven rule: For many, inspiration comes while performing the most mundane task. As we all know, great ideas come in the shower, so take a shower. Still stumped? It’s okay, just don’t stop creating.

Finally remember, even if you don’t feel that great inspiration that makes you want to jump out of bed to start your piece of work, you know that you absolutely love to paint, sing, write music, or engage in other forms of creative endeavors. If you have the passion, you WILL create. Just do it!

For those interested in seeing more of Dyanne’s artwork on Artist’s Square, take a look at:

Submitted by Dyanne Parker, Artist
Owner/Found Canvas and Cheers, Inc.

Thank you Dyanne for your helpful insight. For the artist eyeing to network with fellow peers and professionals, check out (and become a member) http://artists-square.com.

Danny Huffman, MA, CEIP, CPRW, CPCC
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Digital Painting: Career or Play?

Artist’s Square member Candy Buckley, “Saja” recently responded to one our reader’s inquiry dealing with graphic design. Her insight is not only informative, it is inspiring. For those interested in viewing more of Saja’s work, visit http://artists-square.com/m/photos/browse/album/Photography/owner/Saja.

What is digital painting?

Saja: Digital painting is an emerging art form and is becoming more and more popular among new and seasoned artists alike. The paintings are created through a computer using tools such as a digitizing tablet, mouse or stylus, and software.

Like traditional painting, there are various painting tools: canvases, paint type options, textures, mixing palettes, a very large variety of color options, along with different types of brushes, knives and other frequently used painting instruments. Most programs also have a feature which allows the artist to create their own brush style, which is accomplished by using a combination of textures and brush shapes. This enables you to add a personal touch and flare that is found in real life painting.

To me, one of the most appealing things about digital painting programs/software is the way that it mimics a real life painting environment while allowing the artist to create in a mess-free and more cost efficient setting.

Do you consider this true art? If so, why?

Saja: I consider digital painting a “true” art form, and I personally use this medium quite often and with very good results, they are also quite fun to work with. The reason that I do consider this true art is because, in my opinion, anything that one creates with the intension of self-expression can be considered art.

Digital painting programs are simply another “tool.” Not only are these programs being used by individual artists who work and sell their art independently, but this medium thrives in production art, and is widely used in conceptual design for films, television, and in video game production.

Thanks Saja for defining this new form of art expression. From all accounts, digital painting is an up and coming career move that allows for an eclectic creative license.

Thank you Racquel for providing one of the most organic and passionate forums for creative minds to meet: Artists-Square.com; for those interested in learning more or would like to submit questions for one of our expert panels to respond to, we are ready. For those not part of Artist’s Square, join and share your thoughts on a global stage.

Danny Huffman, MA, CEIP, CPRW, CPCC
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Career Breakout: Graphic Design, Passion Realized

Artists Square’s CEO, Racquel Cruz, knowing the art of Graphic Design is a very diverse and demanding market asked fellow graphic designer and member, Eliot Cruz for his professional view and the following:

“If someone were to ask you where they should start or how to expose their work, what would you suggest?”

If you’re creative and don’t know what career path you’d like to take, you’re not alone. By my own experience, I’ve learned so much. I would advise someone to learn about the different forms of art in the Graphic Design Industry, choose the one that interests them, and go for it.

1. Learn about the different forms of Graphic Design

Taking the path of a graphic designer comes in many different forms. It was not until my later years after college, that my career started to take off. In high school I got the “bug” by hand drawing large structural buildings, so I enrolled in a technical drawing class also known as “drafting.”

My pursuit of becoming an architect was short-lived, but my passion for creativity and my continued education has taken me to a different path and now I’m creating 3d graphics in the Simulation and Training Industry.

2. Choose the form of Graphic Design that interests you

Graphic design is art and comes in many different forms, such as: web design, print, interface design, architectural, simulation, animated movies, gaming, engineering, and much, much more.

Learn what’s out there, and figure out what’s going to interest you the most. Graphic design requires an understanding of presentation and principles; such as page layout, perspective, lines, typography, and of course creativity. You have to make it a point to find what interests you because many design careers can be very technical and detail-oriented. I got lucky in my line of work. Not only do I work on simulation training products, but I get to create all of my company’s marketing graphic demands; such as interface design, logos, posters, brochures, trade show displays and motion-graphics.

3. Stick with the Career Path you Have Chosen

As I have mentioned earlier, life has taken me to a different path from my earliest dreams of what I wanted to do in life, but I feel fortunate to have been working in the Simulation and Training industry. I have flourished in my artistic abilities throughout my career and continue to learn to this day. I have worked in it for quite some time now and love it. (Heck – One day I’m 3d modeling a helicopter and animating missiles being fired. Then the next day creating graphics for the company newsletter) I am fortunate that my path has worked out for me.

If you have a clearer picture (focus) of what you want… you have an advantage. Stick with it. You could be as fortunate in finding your dream job.

Career tip: Passion and investing in yourself will help you grow to be one of the best designers in your industry. Be that person that comes in early and leaves late.

As a manager, I mostly hire people that have a great balance of knowledge, efficiency and quality when producing graphics. For this reason, I personally test most people by giving them an hour to recreate a 3d scene from a photo (which coincidentally is about 50% of our daily tasks).

I recently tested two people. One of them has been in the industry for years, he did well. I gave the same test to a young man who was deaf and right out of school. He did just as well, but didn’t have the same experience as the first guy. I’ll be honest, it did concern me that I’ll have to invest time in training him and that communication could be an issue in this demanding field, but what grabbed my attention the most about this young man, was his passion and excitement about art.

His passion was infectious. His attitude and willingness to learn and grow showed me that he is on his way to finding his path. And to boot, he is one of the best artists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. What he does with a pencil is amazing. Well, I ended up hiring him and he has been doing great ever since.

Career tip: A degree and experience is great, but your passion will push your career further and will give you an edge on the competition.

Unsure as to your first step? I encourage you to go to Autodesk and download a 30 day trial of 3dsmax. Artist’s Square also provides a feature very similar to Photoshop to edit your artwork.

Good luck!

Submitted by: Artist’s Square Member Eliot Cruz. View samples of his work at:

Thank you Racquel for your question and special thanks goes out to Jimmy. For those wishing to reach out directly to Jimmy and/or view his work, he is an active Artists-Square Eliot. For those not part of Artist’s Square, join and let me know your thoughts.

Danny Huffman, MA, CEIP, CPRW, CPCC
Got Twitter? Follow me @DannyatECS