I'm not going to lie - the past few months have felt like a lengthy creative slump. Aside from doing stuff for Solé (something I'm very passionate about), I was having trouble motivating myself for school. I blame this in part to this cold I've been having trouble shaking and maybe the cold weather, but I also have been bogged down with some less-than-good feelings about certain aspects of school. It's put me in a pretty bad mood. However it definitely got me thinking, through a series of random 'Katia-Mind' connections, about which person I want to be - the average artist or the above and beyond artist?
The art/design world is one in which being 'average' gets you nowhere. You know those days where you go through class thinking "I'll just get it done, I'll be happy with a 70, so long as I pass."? I'm starting to feel like I can't let myself think that way, because no one's going to care about me or my artwork unless I do something new and different and NOT average at all. No one's even going to remember my work. This is more applicable for after you're done with schooling and need to attract clients with your body of work, but why not start now?
By the way, I am in no way bashing 70's. I've been working hard and am at a 73 ish average and am more than happy with it! I'm a definite 70's average kid since I got into university! I'm just saying that personally I've made a commitment to myself to push the boundaries and actually feel proud of my artwork. I'm always in a much better mood if I'm happy with my pieces and can feel a significant downward mood swing when my assignments just DON'T turn out how I wanted them to. So I guess this is partly a way to try and keep my mood UP.
On that note, this is a piece I did with pen and ink this past weekend. It's for a book cover assignment for the book 'Perfume' by Patrick Suskind, it's a really weird twisted book about a man with an incredible sense of smell but no human emotion who resorts to murder to attempt to make the world's most beautiful scent. It's awesome though.
(c) Katia Engell
This is a piece I'm happy with. It turned out the exact way I wanted it to, it's got a distinct style, it looks finished, tidy, without sounding like I'm tooting my own horn - I JUST LOVE IT.
My prof wasn't such a huge fan though, which broke my heart, but I think it's a matter of differing style preferences - he has a thing against too many clean controlled lines. Ah well, now I know.
Hurricane Sandy is also hitting us in Toronto. So far a woman has been killed by a metal sign that got blown off a store or something, and a Roots store downtown was set on fire somehow. I'm feeling quite lucky to have been unaffected so far apart from some serious draft coming in through the window where my air conditioner sits. Made for a cold movie-watching-session though! I also love how facebook has become a total weather channel - I don't even need to go looking for information, it's just there for me to see, wew. My heart and best wishes truly go out to those who are more seriously affected by Sandy <3
And last but not least - A few links to share!
• Miss Indie is throwing a little costume contest on her blog, link up your costumes tomorrow, HERE!
• Soy from the adorable blog 'Soychild' tried out my granola recipe! Eee that warmed my heart!
So I definitely was not intending on going on a big 'I refuse to be average when it comes to school' rant when I started writing it, but welp. Those are my unfiltered thoughts on it. Is anyone else studying art in school? Do you feel a similar pressure?