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The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.

― Chuck Close, portrait painter

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th 2011

Cue the goldmine of inspiration coming from Markover.

Two members of the Markover team are still students at the University of Notre Dame, which conveniently gives them access to huge databases of archived images from magazines like the above images from Vogue 1999.

We will be mining this database for inspiration images and giving you only the best.

For more information about the above photos, here’s the source:

Fashion & Features: Date With Destiny: A New Generation Of Talent—From Actors To Artists To Athletes—Is Blazing Its Way To Superstardom. Model Raquel Zimmermann Wears Fashion’s Boldest Upstarts. Photographed By Norman Jean Roy.

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st 2011

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.


Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. 

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.

Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Ira Glass - writer/radio host/TV producer

Via http://tigerpony.tumblr.com/

Posted on Saturday, October 29th 2011

Reblogged from Matias Corea