Scientific illustrator and photographer that loves to knit and kayak.
This book is a lot of fear mongering about making art. First they give you a laundry list of why you should fear or be anxious to make art that most people have never even considered. Then tell you don't worry it's OK, make art anyway. Why even go there?
The author could have taken a positive approach instead of spending so much dwelling on the negative. I had hoped for something inspiring. I'm a professional artist - earning my living at it for decades - and I have never second guessed it all as much as when I started listening to this book. Luckily, those doubts went away once I turned off the audio book and just sat and did art for a while.
Arther Morey has a calm deep reading voice, which is a bit soothing.
It was well organized, and clearly presented.
My recommendation to any artist - skip this fear-mongering and spend the same time just doing your art. Ignore any naysayers, just get out there and paint, draw, write, whatever and delete the naysayers from your mind. Don't dwell on it.
I haven't read the print version
It was reassuring and although it didn't go deep into how to get out of a block or overcome many creative difficulties, it did have a few solutions and ideas. The strength in this book for me was that it describes many of the things i have experienced as a growing artist, and the narrator is so casually (in a good way) reassuring about them. The authors are both artists and they are simply expressing that many difficulties of being creative in most fields, are either an intrinsic part of the process, or more importantly, your process. They emphasise that not all art can be Mozart, or Picasso, that actually most art is good art, but how can we make good art, or even great art if we get lost in the process and quit. The authors talk about how quitting is forever, but starting and stopping is an important part of it all. It's cyclical and you must learn to start again, because when you don't that's quitting, and its forever...
A gentle reassuring tone, that still manages to stay matter-of-fact. I wasn't distracted so i could listen to the book attentively as if i were reading it myself.
The part about quitting. The way i understood it was in that its never quitting if you start again. They say that quitting is forever, but actually, you can always start again. The work is so important but until you're well on your way to technical mastery, its easy to forget along the way, when you're largely working with talent, that this thing that you love and have a passion for, is work. It's dedication, discipline, perseverance, patience, and a host of other things.
I had to leave a review because i tried a few others and it was looking bleak until this book surpassed my expectations. I seemed to have lost my bibliophilia when this block settled in, and i'm trying audiobooks as an alternative. I keep falling asleep before the end, but thats not a bad thing, and after this book i'm more interested and committed to this audio thing.
As someone whose stuck to his art, long past the point that most people would, this book brought me a little peace and inspired to be even more irresponsible in the issue of working on my art vs. attending to real-life issues. For that I'm thankful, because life is too short to be worrying about menial issues like money.
I purchased the audio version of the book, and I might have detected a discrepancy in tone of the person reading it and the tone I'd hoped the authors had taken in writing it. It didn't come across as overly nice. Then again, the reality of art isn't overly nice, and in that respect it worked.
Still, I have an issue with the reading of it, although I was able to overlook that and concentrate on the content, which is good. I'd recommend this for pretty much any artist.
It started off as what I expected. An observation of the artistic process. But towards the latter portion of the writing it seemed to become more of a self improvement book to help artist with their own unique workflow. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I thought it was just a little offsetting.
Never read the print version. But I thought the audio was excellent.
I'm a big fan of Steven Pressfield's The War of Art. I put this up near that on for calming my nerves about my work.
The right attitude.
No, nothing extreme, just a feeling that I'm not alone in my worries and fears about my art. That I'm not crazy. ALL artists feel like I do, and that alone makes doing my work easier. My new mantra is "Embrace uncertainty."
It's the doing. It's the process. It's what we learn and become while making our creations that matter, not the end product.
It inspired me to do more with my creative self.
It's analysis really, not story. I like all the different scenarios, the different ways we can be successful.
Yes and no. Yes, because it is very interesting, but no, because it makes me think, and I have to take a little time to digest the ideas, think how I could put them into practice, and then try listening to a little more. Like eating a good steak, it's great but you don't want to just wolf it down all at once.
Very Insightful Book
The example give of quantity over quality
Arthur Morey is a great narrator