“Help! Should I Get A Degree In Art?!”: When It Works & When It Doesn’t
By Daric Gill
There are times when it makes sense and there are times when it doesn’t. In this article I’ll address some questions surrounding this topic. First, knowing which questions you’re actually asking is important to finding true answers.
“Do I need a degree to be an artist?”
“I need to go to college to get a job, right?”
“College is a TON of money!? Is it worth it?
Each question is justifiable and indeed has their own individual answers. There are plenty of views to wade through. This is my attempt to address each one of those concerns and hopefully cut through some of the mental clutter. Of course, I openly encourage you to consider other views to help gauge where you fall on the matter . Read on for more.
Many artist concerns could be remedied by suggesting that whatever works for you, works. However, this doesn’t really help map out possible solutions for what is causing the concerns to begin with.
Sketchbooks have been the artist’s companion since the invention of paper. It’s one of the best ways to form simple ideas into reality. But finding the right idea-making process isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Not everyone has landed on a type of sketching that works for them. What process works well for a painter might not work for a sculptor, digital artist, or a photographer. In this article, I’ll land on a few suggestion/tips along the way. Read on for more.
Reversing The Starving Artist Paradox: Why Constructive Language Matters
by Daric Gill
We use the term “starving artist” as a playful descriptor for the career, a cheeky marketing ploy for arts events, and even in catchy brand names for arts related businesses. Its influences are so ubiquitous that we often fail to see the phrase for exactly what it is, a harmful title that doesn’t actually jive with how we see creativity in today’s world. In this article, I will make the case that this little idea is at best a self-fulfilling goal, and at worse one of the most damaging outdated paradoxes one can wear as an artist. Read on for more.