You could say there’s an art to being an artist with a day job

Thursday, 28 April, 2016

A question that has been asked, since who knows, the beginning of time, or might that be the industrial revolution… is it possible for a budding, or even a not so novice artist, to make a living from their art, without the need for a day job? For a fortunate few, the answer is yes.

For many others though, art, in whatever form that it takes, must co-exist with a day job, but reaching the conclusion that may not always be a bad thing is necessary, writes Los Angeles based musician, writer, and artist, Evan Brown:

I used dread something I called the “Rock Star Hangover.” The RSH occurred when I would be out playing a show at night, sometimes to hundreds of people, basking in the adulation of the crowd, getting free drinks, making new friends, and generally being treated like a champ into the wee hours of the evening, only to lug my gear into the car, go home, wake up early and shuffle like a zombie into an office I hated and go back to being treated like the same old nobody I had been the day before. It sucked, hard, and I predictably hated a good chunk of my life.

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If you sail across mirror lake will you have bad luck for seven years?

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016

Swedish photographer Erik Johansson’s idea to create the surface of a lake using shattered mirrors, that is titled Impact, was intriguing enough, but the behind the scenes video clip that records the work being produced is equally fascinating.

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A newly painted work by Rembrandt… how can that happen?

Friday, 8 April, 2016

A new work by seventeenth century Dutch painter Rembrandt? Sort of. Through a visual study of his existing paintings, together with the aid of some learning algorithms, a painting, that “averages” Rembrandt’s previous works, has been created.

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Brad Eastman, Bali based Australian visual artist

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

I was just thinking that I hadn’t been hearing much about Sydney based artist Brad Eastman in recent times… only to learn that he’s now based in Bali, Indonesia. He now has a commute to work that many of us could surely only envy.

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Artists don’t judge books by their covers, they’re inspired by them

Tuesday, 15 March, 2016

If filmmakers can be influenced by paintings, it surely stands to reason that the work of painters will be inspired by book covers. Makes sense to me.

Lately, a handful of well-read visual artists have looked to book design – specifically, the classic covers of the 20th century – as a source of raw material and inspiration. Some paint book covers straight up, carefully replicating type and illustration, as well as the marks of wear and tear on particular copies. Others alter existing designs or invent their own jackets and titles. It’s surely no coincidence that artists are choosing the book as a subject in this era of new reading technologies.

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Quietly he paints the night, the artwork of Peter D. Harris

Monday, 14 March, 2016

While we slumber, Canadian artist Peter D. Harris is trawling the dark streets of the city and suburbs, capturing the often unseen, quiet, moments, on one of his canvases.

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Kern Hendricks, Sydney based documentary photographer

Wednesday, 9 March, 2016

Photo by Kern Hendricks

Sydney based photographer Kern Hendricks has only been working for about a year, but already he put together an impressive collection of images.

Via Lost At E Minor.

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The hyper-real artwork of Christophe Berle

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016

Christophe Berle is a Zürich based hyper-real artist… that’s another way of saying his works look more like photos, so intricate, and detailed, they are.

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Heavy seas, of tyres, that’s heavy going for the environment

Monday, 7 March, 2016

I see nothing but tyres, as far as the eye can see… that’s Heavy Sea, by Barcelona based artist Pejac. We are told that no CGI, or other image manipulation, went into its production. If that’s not making a statement about what you can see, what is?

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Photos of accidents and calamities waiting to happen…

Friday, 4 March, 2016

Photo by Aaron Tilley, Kyle Bean

Don’t let it happen, might be your response to this series of possibly anxiety inducing images, by London based photographer Aaron Tilley, and Kyle Bean, an illustrator and art director.

Via designboom.

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