Make a tiny portfolio of your very best shots.
It’s like holding an IRL version of your portfolio website or IG feed in the palm of your hand (or the hand of a potential client).
Susan Lovejoy ©
Building detail of a NYC skyscraper…
For additional images please visit my Tumblr page at http://susanlovejoy.tumblr.com/
evanworsham asked: Hey sterling, I'm an illustration student at Pratt graduating this fall. I'm terrified to be in the real world as I'm in the middle of a rut. I am not happy with my voice as an artist but I don't know how to get to where I want to be. I am constantly trying new things but I keep getting discouraged. I can see what I want in my head but when it comes out its different. I feel tight, like I'm so worried about the outcome that I can't enjoy the process. Is this normal? How do I pull out of this?
Evan, sorry for the delayed response. Finding personal voice is the single hardest thing that you will have to do as an artist. God knows that I have searched, discovered, abandoned, only to search again. The discover of something unique is always the answer to a question that you are pursuing. Think of it as a hypothesis. It is a thing that lives beyond your current skill set, your knowledge base and your abilities. If you knew what you were trying to accomplish, there would be little need for the labor in the pursuit of the thing. Leaving those things that you know behind means a departure from the academic understanding of what is quality and what isn’t. There is no set path and yours will be different than mine. Remember that each obstacle that you face is the end of the journey for most people and is seen as an opportunity to solve a problem by those with the confidence and belief that there lies a space where they alone will own on the other side.
I’m developing an online course that covers this very concept and will include exercises, mechanisms of accountability, a community component and other additional elements. You can stay posted through my blog: www.blog.sterlinghundley.com
All the best in the pursuit of your endeavors. No one gets to fire you when you are an artist. You either pursue it or you quit. Stay with it.
“A young woman was restrained, force-fed and injected with cosmetics in a high street shop window as part of a hard-hitting protest against animal testing.
Jacqueline Traide was tortured in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers in a bid to raise awareness and end the practise.
The 24-year-old endured 10 hours of experiments, which included having her hair shaved and irritants squirted in her eyes, as part of a worldwide campaign by Lush Cosmetics and The Humane Society.
The disturbing stunt took place in Lush’s Regent Street store, one of the UK’s busiest shopping streets.
Jacqueline appeared genuinely terrified as she was pinned down on a bench and had her mouth stretched open with two metal hooks while a man in a white coat force-fed her until she choked and gagged.
The artist was also injected with numerous needles, had her skin braised and lotions and creams smeared across her face.
Passers-by were gobsmacked to see Jacqueline, a social sculpture student at Oxford Brookes University, forced to have a section of her head shaved.
The gruesome spectacle aimed to highlight the cruelty inflicted on animals during cosmetic laboratory tests and raise awareness that animal testing is still a common practise.
The Humane Society International and Lush Cosmetics have joined forces to launch the largest-ever global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics.
The campaign, launched to coincide with World Week for Animals in Laboratories, is being rolled out simultaneously in over 700 Lush Ltd shops across forty-seven countries including the United States, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia.
Lush campaign manager Tamsin Omond said: “The ironic thing is that if it was a beagle in the window and we were doing all these things to it, we’d have the police and RSPCA here in minutes.
“But somewhere in the world, this kind of thing is happening to an animal every few seconds on average.
“The difference is, it’s normally hidden. We need to remind people it is still going on.”
For more information about the campaign, visit www.fightinganimaltesting.com”
I HOPE EVERYONE READS THIS AND REBLOGS IT!
"because this is what you do. get up.
blame the liquor for the heaviness. call in late
to work. go to the couch because the bed
is too empty. watch people scream about love
on Jerry Springer. count the ways
it could be worse. it could be last week
when the missing got so big
you wrote him a letter
and sent it. it could be yesterday, no work
to go to, whole day looming.
it could be last month
or the month before, when you still
thought maybe. still carried plans
around with you like talismans.
you could have kissed him last night.
could have gone home with him, given in,
cried after, softly, face to the wall, his heavy arm
around you, hand on your stomach, rubbing.
shower. remember your body. water
hotter than you can stand. sit
on the shower floor. the word
devastated ringing the tub. buildings
collapsed into themselves. ribs
caving toward the spine. recite
the strongest poem you know. a spell
against the lonely that gets you
in crowds and on three hours’ sleep.
wonder where the gods are now.
get up. because death is not
an alternative. because this is what you do.
air like soup, move. door, hallway, room.
pants, socks, shoes. sweater. coat. cold.
wish you were a bird. remember you
are not you, now. you are you
a year from now. how does that
woman walk? she is not sick or sad.
doesn’t even remember today.
has been to Europe. what song
is she humming? now. right now.
Marty McConnell, “Survival Poem #17” (via larmoyante)