O ego do Artista

Acho as vezes que este blog servirá mais para mim do que para vocês, mas vamo lá, como primeiro post blog, vou traduzir um texto de Shawn Barber sobre o ego do artista desde sua infância.

“Eu acho que a barreira mais prejudicial para se tornar um artista melhor é a parede de tijolos do nosso ego. A maioria dos artistas são criados em um ambiente cercado por elogios, em uma idade precoce, sendo elogiado por seus talentos artísticos. O apoio dos, especialmente quando novos, pode levar à conceitos mal compreendidos sobre suas habilidades.

Anos sendo “o melhor da classe” e ganhando troféus de bronze pode definitivamente traçar o subconsciente de “mestre”. É um grande obstáculo pular, mas é possível com um salto de “fé crítica”. Sinceridade, honestidade, auto-crítica e uma grande porção de humilde é um ponto de partida perfeito. Entenda primeiro que você não é realmente tão bom no que faz e você que nunca será tão bom quanto os grandes, e você estára pronto para a longa jornada da vida como um estudante de seu ofício escolhido.

Se você pisar fora de sua zona de conforto, se desafiar a reconhecer suas fraquezas, estar completamente crítico de suas deficiências, e sinceramente internalizar seus hábitos (bons e ruins), você irá se surpreender com a progressão do que o espera pela frente. Analise criticamente o quanto o seu trabalho revela a sua influência, seja pequena ou grande, sempre adicione novas influências na mistura. O medo da mudança ou, pior ainda, o julgamento externo de fãs de sua arte, destruirá qualquer esperança de progresso real. Autenticidade vem de destemor. Dê o salto.”

Original em: sdbarber.blogspot.com/2009/06/artistic-ego.html

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2 responses to “O ego do Artista

  • adam

    fearlessness – definately becoming a ‘cure-all’ in my toolbelt. I find that almost EVERY problem I encounter, deconstructed, always roots in fear. And it is such an easy thing to surmount, when you name it for what it is, and look it in the eye, it just dissolves like mist.

    I was taught a lesson in ego recently (it always gets the better of me!). I was on stage (off to a bad start!) for a live painting competition. As the only ‘painter’ amongst the competitors, who were mainly designers, i thought I had it in the bag. Ego was licking my balls already, and I didn’t catch it.

    The universe in its usual smart-arsed way, let me progress all the way to the final round replete with cheering from the audience and a general swelling of my head. It all came down to the final round, neck and neck with 3 others, and the unthinkable happened – photoshop crash!

    Instantly my ego reared up – THIS CANT HAPPEN! I was handicapped, etc etc. The time was up, the round was over, I sat back and amid all the (americanised) intensity on stage, something went quiet in me. I barely even noticed the announcement of the winner – who was the guy sitting next to me. He was genuinely amazed. His eyes lit up. He had NO idea it was coming. And I thought i ‘had it in the bag’. For a second the dust settled in my mind and a wash of ease came over me, and all I could feel was genuine happiness for HIM, that HE was off to the finals in new york, that he was up in lights, I was just genuinely happy for him.

    I felt so stupid for being so full of myself, so overconfident, so stuck in my ways. Incidentally it was the same day as the Buddha’s birth, death and enlightenment and I was told int he morning that it was a day where the things I learned would be multiplied. I came out of that venue so happy – and what I learned will stay with me the rest of my life.

    That night I feel like I came to the very bitter end of a 23 year habit of self deception, of wanting to be number one but outwardly acting humble. It was the burning out of the cigarette of my single child syndrome, the end of my selfish, walled up defensive nature. But it wasnt recessive – the contrary. It taught me to absolutely, completely whole heartedly embrace my skills, my successes, to be proud of what I did, to love it, to strive, to go at it with my all – but it took out the ‘spin’ of ego that externalised my success and made it about prizes, accolades and heirarchies. it seems to always be ironic like that – by being MORE self-centred, you actually become LESS selfish. Now that I have started to paint purely for myself – because I want to, I enjoy it, and not because I’m getting recognition for it, it has actually opened me up in a massive way to freedom and honesty with my own work.

    It was a huge experience for me, internally, that probably noone had any idea of from the outside – but I felt like sharing it here.

  • cerkvenik

    Thanks for your comment here also Adam!

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