The Isolation….

So the quarantine messed up the whole world. It’s no different for us, we can’t shoot, period.  So it has been impossible to produce new images. Instead I’ve been working on old images from my archives. I’ve been doing a bit of compositing as well as you can see in the images in the art section of the website. 

These images are however limited in number, I mean the reason they’ve ended up the archives is because I felt they weren’t the best images at the time, hence they were archived. 

Covid-19 has changed the whole world as we know it. It remains to be seen how things are going to turn out. It’s weird going this long without even being able to go to my studio. I guess that is the period were in, we just have to make the best of it by acquiring new skills and knowledge in the mean time.  

I think coming out of the quarantine an improved person will be the ideal although it won’t be easy. Psychologically the isolation has taken its toll on everyone. We need to all keep in contact with our loved ones and take care of ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. Be it through video conference calls with family members, friends, praying, meditating, exercising, whatever helps. Just do it. Be kind to yourself.

This period has put a great deal of things into perspective for me and a lot of us in general. I’m sure we all value our freedom a lot more; the importance of our health care institutions can’t be overstated as opposed to entertainment in general, such as sports in general which has been nonexistent. As we deal with more important things. It has also brought a lot of us together albeit online. We all need each other at this point for comfort and company. For parents who are away from their children, I feel you please stay strong.

On a brighter note various countries have started easing lock-downs thankfully and things are slowly but surely getting back to normal. We are however a long way off what used to be normal if we’ll ever get back to that. But at least it is progress.

For those that have lost loved ones, please accept our condolences. For the rest of us stay safe, where your face masks, wash your hands regularly (for 20 seconds) and maintain social distancing especially in public spaces.

Covid-19, what you need to know.

The world is dealing with Covid-19 at the moment, so I thought I’d share this informative video. I also think it is important that we all try to maintain a good emotional state and try not to panic. Easier said than done I know but I think it is important that we do our best in this trying times.

A big thank you to the experts and the producers of the video.

Covid-19

Wishing everyone all the best during this trying time all over the world. I believe we will all get through it. Be safe, stock up at home if need be, wash your hands regularly and if you have flu-like symptoms, please self-quarantine and help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Finally for those infected my prayers are with you and yours.

Sorry it won’t save you

I think we’ve all tried it at some point, especially if you are a Photoshop user, you think if you purchase those brushes, actions or gradient maps your work will get better. Sorry to burst to your bubble it won’t.

We all want short cuts in achieving desired results, be it art or anything we do. It’s just human nature and it seldom works. 

The most important recommendation I can suggest is to get the basics right. It’s the foundation everything is built on. If you get the basics right these “extras” will add a bit of panache to your work. Conversely if the basics are off, no amount of custom brushes in Photoshop or unique photography technique(s) will make the work any better. 

Focus on the fundamentals, I can’t stress this enough. Use what you already have to get better. Talking from experience you’ll just waste money on things that you don’t need & wonder why your work isn’t any better, especially in this day and age where all your favourite artists are selling brushes, actions and so on. You just don’t need it, at least not yet.

So how will you know when you need it? When your work is good enough and you don’t really need it; that is the time. A bit contradictory, I know, but it is.

So have you wasted money on such? if so share, like & comment below. 

Remember art is subjective.

You need to get comfortable with people not liking or connecting with your work. It’s difficult I know, remember you ultimately do it for yourself. At least I do. You do it because it brings you joy to share something you are good at or at least want to be good at. There is something inside you that needs to be shared with the world. 

In an ideal world, everyone likes or appreciate what we do but the reverse is the reality. We need to be comfortable with this, it’s imperative. When we’re not, we alter our work for others appreciation or acknowledgment. I think this is dangerous having done it in the past. Eventually you look at your work and you just don’t like where it ended up. Trust me it’s a place you don’t want to be. In no man’s land, you’re not happy and neither is your audience. A better scenario, they are happy and you aren’t. 

Get comfortable with the fact that some people will not like your work, no matter how hard you try they just won’t. You just can’t please everyone and embarking on that journey is just futile. Focus more on your fans, they are the fuel you need to go further. I’d say that you should ignore the haters but I think they can also help. How? You may ask, well they can keep you grounded and can be a source of constructive criticisms which can also be helpful. You however want to avoid the toxic ones for obvious reasons. Hope this helps.

So what has been your experiences in the past with fans & haters, please comment below, like & share. 

What you don’t see.

People often forget that what they get to see is the final product. The pictures posted on my website or Instagram feed has been curated. It’s invariably the best of the best. So much has happened in the background that people are not aware off or ignore. There are images that won’t see the light of day, for whatever reason. It could be because it is a bad shot (yes that happens even to the best of us), it could be because it just doesn’t connect with the viewer; the image may just may not work for whatever reason and so on. Artists only let you see what they want you to see.

We’re not perfect, we don’t always get it right the first time round. Art invariably needs to be refined until the desired result is achieved or abandoned. Yes, it does happen. What is key however, is the never ending pursuit of good art.  For example, some studio sessions can last 30 mins depending on the concept, some longer. It depends on the model, the vibe in the studio, the team synergy and so on. 

Furthermore there are days nothing works, it does happens. The atmosphere during the shoot may not be right no matter how hard you try or the drawing just isn’t working and needs to be scrapped. Trust me there are days like that. But it’s ok, don’t think that every endeavour works as planned. The important thing is to keep working. 

Next time you appreciate art, take time to think deeply about it. What is the concept, colours, what do you think the artist is trying to say, how successful do you think the artist was able to achieve what he/she set out to do and so on. Two things happen, you start to appreciate the work put in from a different perspective and subconsciously you start to incorporate this critical thinking into your work, which always works for the better.

Do you think about art this way already? or is it a new concept to you? If not, are you going to try it out?

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2020 Plans….

What is in store for 2020 at Papishe Studios? Honestly I don’t know. Why? Because when it comes to creativity I believe you shouldn’t set boundaries, not for yourself or for others, just create on a consistent basis, which can be difficult. Don’t get me wrong I know what direction I want to take the Studio in general, but in terms of art it remains to be seen, which is ok. I think.

The photography is important but so is the art, we plan on doing more of that this year as opposed to previous years. We will also be doing this differently this year, how? more on that in due course. We also want to improve on the work being produced where possible. Yes, there may be less art works, but quality over quantity any day. 

Finally we would like to use this opportunity to thank our fans, clients & well-wishers all the best this New Year. 

What are your 2020 plans as an artist?

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Don’t be a battery.

Yes you read the title right. If you work to earn a living doing a job you necessarily don’t like for the sole purpose of a salary. Then you are a battery for the various money making institutions and when they are done. Like you do when a battery has exhausted its use it gets replaced. In humans it is termed retirement. 

So what do you do? You might ask. I’ll suggest you live your life doing what brings you joy, whatever that may be. It’s easier said than done, I know we all have bills to pay. 

For those that are adventurous you start a business around your passion, for those that are not, I suggest you take on a hobby that brings you joy after you’ve done you regular day’s job. I can’t stress this enough.

Think about it, you need to live your life without regrets and the only way to do that is to live the life you’ve always dreamt of. It should be one of your main goals or at least something to strive for. You want to live your best life as cliché as it may sound. 

Time will be an issue that is just a fact. So utilise it wisely. Furthermore some of us will be more successful than others that is a fact. However remember that we are all on different paths as such we have different goals. Try not to compare too much with others. We’re human beings not machines that exist for the profit of our various economies. We all need to start living our life and not just exist to make money.

I think it is so paramount to look back and have as little regrets as possible. If we are lucky we may look back and smile on the things we have done and the achievements we have made in line with our passion and goals.

What are you doing to live the life you want to live, whatever that may be? How are you taking a break from your 9 to 5 if you’re not self-employed? What are you doing differently to get out of the rat race?

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Keep creating.

It’s one of the closing statements made by Umesh Dinda one of my favourite YouTube instructors. The statement is so apt. You create to put out your vision into the world. To satisfy a burning desire to give back, that which you love that brings you joy and hopefully others. 

You learn, you grow and become overall better.  There is always something to learn, there is always something to aspire to. So what happens when a goal is achieved? On to the next one, I’m afraid. You push your limits as far as you can and as you do, you get that addictive feeling of accomplishment. 

I find the joy is in the creative process more than the accomplishment itself. Achievements are very short lived. In so many instances the moment I’m almost done or nearing the end of a project, another one has invariably commenced, maybe mentally or in my sketchbook. It’s like reading a good book on amazon, the algorithm immediately recommends something similar for your next read or Netflix recommended another similar movie based on your previously watched movies or shows. 

As an artist keep creating. 

What are your thoughts? Can you relate? How do you start a new project?

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