Be Patient

With yourself it takes time. Be ready to put in the hours into your craft. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take the criticism that come with growth, develop a thick skin, easier said than done. Especially in a world where trolls exist online. It’s funny that these trolls can’t and won’t be able to say these things in front of you, if the circumstances were different.

Be patient with yourself as you discover yourself and grow. It can be difficult in a world express delivery is not fast enough. Trust me I know the feeling. 

Be patient with yourself because you enjoy what you do, even if it is a hobby. Own you mistakes, it’s all part of growth. You’ll look back at some of them & laugh. I’m sure we all have at some point in our lives. 

Be patient with yourself as you push yourself to your limits. Money should not be the focus, easier said than done. In an age where everything is a subscription based service and no amount is ever enough. Your sanity as an artist is also important so how do you balance things. The need for money and the need for fulfillment is ever strong. Tilt too much to one side & you can get in trouble real fast.

Be patient with yourself, eventually you’ll get there.

The Fundamentals…..

What do you want to get good at? coding, photography, art, sports, etc you name it, the best way is to master the fundamentals. Note the word “master”. I believe a lot of people don’t do this, most are adequate not masters. For example you want to be good at art, there is no getting round it, you have to understand & master these core fundamentals:

  • Color
  • Composition 
  • Value
  • Form & Structure
  • Brush work
  • Perspective 
  • Values

The truth of the matter however, is that it can take you years to master each one, let alone how they combine in your work. Just being good at them is not just going to cut it in the long run. You have to dedicate your existence to becoming a master & understand that you’ll never be perfect at any but continually strive to be. From experience I think you’ll have things you’re great at & others you are good enough. My advice focus on your weaknesses.

Focus on the fundamentals, become a master & then you can start to bend & break the rules in whatever you are doing. Your images in drawing for example will work because there is a core basis from which your art is grounded. 

It shouldn’t feel like work though, I think if it feels like work something is off. For all intents & purposes you should enjoy the challenge, the experiments & realizations as you forge ahead. 

Realize however that from time to time you need to go back & relearn the basics. Even if it’s  just a reminder, there is always something good about looking at things from the eyes of a novice.

How can you do this you may ask? become a teacher. You not only help the student but yourself because the act of teaching takes you back to the beginning that you may find difficult to do on your own. Hope this is helpful to someone, don’t take the fundamentals for granted, don’t. 

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My Confessions……

I’m not a writer, not by a long shot, so bear with me when reading my blog. The whole purpose is to communicate with my readers. I try to convey what I know to those who care and hopefully they can learn from me, or even teach me something in the comments section. 

I really tried avoiding writing a blog on my website when I first started I have to admit, but I think it’s imperative. Surprisingly it hasn’t been that bad. I’ve been doing my best and so far so good. I hope it’s helped those who have taken time to read it. Thanks a million, you know who you’re. 

I have made a lot of mistakes in my blog posts but I guess it is essential for growth, as Denzel Washington said in one of his speeches; it is ok to fail but make sure you “fail forward”. I definitely think I have done that looking back. There is still much to do but I think I’m getting a hang of it. I think the quality has gotten better and readers have been able to benefit from it from time to time.

It hasn’t been easy I must admit. I think it is just natural to want to spend time doing the things you really enjoy. In my case the artistic stuff. I think however that the blog allows me to connect on a different level that is also essential. I won’t lie I don’t enjoy it as much but we all have things we don’t enjoy but we have to get good at for our own benefit for example finance. Don’t get me started on that it is critical and the moment you make a conscious decision to get good at it the better for you and those around you.

So not to take too much of your time because I understand that there is so much online that competes for our most valuable resource, time. I want to say a big thank you. Thanks for bearing with us while we grow and get better.

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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