November 12, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

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4 Responses to November 12, 2012

  1. Tom Newton says:

    Ira Glass is spot on with this speech. When I started college at AI (Art Institute), some of the first things I’ve created were not as good as I hoped they would be. I didn’t quit, but I’ve met several of my fellow students who wanted to quit because their work, whether it was for a class or something they came up with wasn’t that great. Personally, I’d like to think of it as practice, so I can be ready to make something better down the road.

    Strangely, this doesn’t just apply to people who work in animation or do oil paintings as a hobby. It applies to all of the arts. Deems Taylor, who was the host in the 1940 Disney film “Fantasia”, stated that it was funny how wrong an artist can be about his own work. Tchaikovski was a prime example example, because he hated his musical composition of The Nutcracker Suite. However, it would be hailed as a beloved piece of classical music, even today. I believe anyone who is going into the arts can take something like this into consideration.

    Artists have to criticise, even on their own work. It’s a fact proven time and time again. This is why we have critics who write for news organizations or independantly through a blog or fansite on movies, television, music, etc. The logical way to take such criticism is to learn from it, so you can apply it to your future creations.

  2. Joe Murray says:

    I agree Tom.

    In my experience, all of the greatest talents I know have so many insecurities about a great bulk of the work they do, and are very hard on themselves. This is what gives them drive that ends up pushing them to the highest levels. Over confident artists become complacent and never move themselves to a higher level. It’s the drive to constantly improve, to learn to grow.

    • Tom Newton says:

      I couldn’t agree more, Mr. Murray. In my opinion, self-discipline and reflection are two things that can drive an artist into great success in the near future. An artists first creation could look like a third-grader’s art project. The next project could be the equivelent of a Goya masterpiece. That’s pretty much the arts summed up in a nutshell.

      BTW, I’ve been a fan of your work since I was a kid, and you’ve been an inspiration for me as an artist ever since. For that, I thank you. 🙂

  3. Dan Sills says:

    Thanks for posting this, Joe. I’ve been in that phase while working on my short, where I want to fight through and get it done but I have moments where I get caught up in thinking its not good enough. It’s tough when there’s so much left to do, I’m far enough into it where its worth getting done, but I keep getting ahead of myself thinking of all the ways it needs to be better on the next one. This post is a good reminder that my moments of doubt are normal and not necessarily a bad thing as long as I push though.

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