I want to use this forum for a Friday Focus Post in order to spotlight some really cool artists that are making a name for themselves and share this with my friends.
A couple of years ago, I was introduced to this artist by my friend, Tony Steele. We ran into each other again last November at the One Fantastic Weekend art workshop where we spent four days talking about creating art, discussing the business of art, and focusing on our own art projects. His name is Jacob Walker. He’s been forging a career for himself through graphic design and his art work. If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft you should check out his website at http://www.jacobwalkerart.com.
He has just finished a very successful Kickstarter campaign for his pen and ink drawings inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. His art book, has also become a coloring book and I’ve been watching it develop over the past couple of months. It’s been exciting to see this develop and watch his success.
His artwork speaks volumes by itself. I strongly encourage you to check it out and if you happen to see him at a convention, go introduce yourself. His work is spectacular.
When I see this statement, I have to admit that it bothers me. It bothers me a lot. What the heck is a Self Taught Artist? Are there self taught writers? Self Taught dancers? Self taught actors?
When I look back on my history as an artist, I have had a lot of great teachers, mentors and instructors. I have taken formal art classes, I have read numerous art books, watched instructional videos and blogs to soak up their information. I have attended workshops, and build a group of artist friends that I have turned to for advice, critique and instruction. I can not possibly say that I am a self taught artist.
What I can state is that my teachings are now self directed. I am no longer enrolled in a formal art school but I continue to seek out workshops and professional artists where I can advance my skills. At the end of this month I will be participating in a 12 week conceptual art summer camp. Then in November, I will be participating in the One Fantastic Weekend hosted by 6 professional artists.
I appreciate all the instructors and mentors who have contributed to my education. This is why it drives me crazy when people say they are self taught.
Larry Elmore teaching perspective