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Hey, everybody. Welcome to Chiu’s dream,
talking about art and life as an artist.
Here’s your host, artist and educator, Bobby Chiu.
As we travel through this road called our art careers,
one has to be careful of taking the wrong turns, and making sure to avoid bad habits.
For more than a decade, I found many of these bad habits to be quite common.
So in this video,
I want to share with you six habits for us to avoid,
so that we can have wonderful long-lasting careers.
1. Getting information from only one source.
You don’t want to do that.
Because if you are just learning from one person, or
just one book, one whatever course,
then you become a watered down version of that person.
And think of it this way:
The more info that we get, the more options we get,
the more knowledge we get,
and the much higher chance of evolving to a level
that perhaps would be unreachable any other way.
The other day, I was talking about the influences in my career.
Many of them you wouldn’t really guess,
if you just kind of looked at my art,
and I asked you what do you think this artist influences were.
One of my big influences from very early on with
very different from what I do.
Or is it the thing that I took away from him is that
Sergio Aragones is work is so universal.
You don’t need to know English to really understand what he’s trying to say to you.
You could speak only Chinese, only Arabic,
His humor is universal.
And that was something that I loved about his work.
And I tried to put that into my work as much as possible.
Then there’s other influences like Stephen Silver, Peter de Seve,
Chris Sanders for character design.
If you look at the shapes, the general shapes of my characters, my creatures,
you’ll start to see that influence as well.
If you ask me early early on in my career,
who were my influences of those would be the ones that I would tell you.
So the other day the topic of influences came up.
And those were the ones that I said right off the bat. Those were
the ones I’ve been saying for years and years.
But after some self-reflection and looking at my art again,
I realize I missed so many more.
Because I just kept picking up these influences.
I kept sprinkling the things that I loved about their art into my
cauldron of style. So to speak.
And just like a big wonderful soup,
you’re only going to put in ingredients that you like to eat,
which makes that soup reflect you and your personality in a way.
And many of the best artists in the world,
when you look at their art, and you meet them in person,
you can see the connection,
you can see why they draw the way that they do.
Because their style actually reflects them as a person.
And that level of connection from
the artist to her or his style,
I find to be the similarity between most,
if not all, the best artists in the world.
So even if you found a style or an artist that you really love,
I’m telling you: Don’t stop there, keep going.
And this is really hard for me to say, because I’m a teacher.
So as a teacher,
naturally you would want to take kind of like credit,
or ownership for molding your students,
and making them awesome,and developing them into wonderful amazing artists.
But the best way I can do that is to tell them:
This is how I do things. These are my thoughts behind my process.
But please do not stop there.
Learn how other people do things, that’s how we’re going to become really great artists.
The number two habit to avoid is when people stop posting on social media.
A lot of times, social media I’ve said this a few times in many different ways
but it’s such an important one.
When you are in the beginning of your career,
a lot of times that’s exactly how we start our careers by posting on social media,
by getting our stuff out there for people to know our names,
to know our work, and hopefully give us more work.
And then hopefully, if things are done right,
people will pick up on it, you will get noticed.
And your career will start, people will start giving you work.
But as you start to work more and more on amazing projects,
many times these projects they can’t even be shown for a very long time,
sometimes never at all.
And many times, we’ll put the idea of doing work as being more important
than doing art just for yourself,
personal work, personal exploration.
Art becomes just a job. There is no more personal work.
And your stuff isn’t really shown on social media anymore.
We’ve all seen artists like this, if you’ve been on the internet long enough.
You’ll see artists really flare up, and everybody loves them, and they’re
everywhere, and people just can’t get enough.
Then they slowly just disappear.
Sometimes this is fine.
Sometimes, you get into the industry, your name gets around,
and you go from project to project.
And you have tons of work. And it’s a wonderful time.
People like Crash McCreery comes to mind, for this example.
You know he worked on things like Jurassic Park.
He’s worked on things like Pirates of Caribbean, designing the
incredible iconic character of Davy Jones,
as well as so many other movie projects.
If you just look up his name Crash McCreery,
you’ll know what I’m talking about.
But if you look for his website, you look for his social media,
I don’t think he really has any.
Yet he’s been able to work for decades,
doing amazing top-of-the-line projects that anybody would be lucky to be a part of.
但我要告诉你 Crash McCreey这种成功模式会越来越少见
But I can tell you that that will become more and more of a rarity,
especially for the people that don’t actually live in the hub of
wherever the industry is happening.
But even if you do live in one of these
booming cities for your particular art industry,
I’m telling you it’s still super important to keep
posting on social media, to keep putting your stuff out there.
I’ve seen too many people kind of depend on the studio that they’re working for
as their claim to fame.
I knew of one such artist that got laid off by probably the… the most
sought-after animation studio in the world,
And now he was unemployed and looking for a job.
The first little while is great, because he could say,
” Who am I? Well, I used to work for such-and-such studio.”
然后别人会说：噢 哇 那太棒了
And then people would go, “Oh, wow, that’s amazing.” ,
“Oh, you worked on this you worked on that.”
And then time goes on.
And then it becomes,
“Oh, well, I used to work for such-and-such studio a year ago, two years ago.”
How long can you keep using that before you feel like,
“Oh, man. I’m… I need something new.”
If we use the studio or the project that we’re working for,
or working on as our claim to fame,
that’s only good until you stop working on the project,
or you stop working for that studio for a while.
因为随着时间流逝 这段资历变得无关紧要 它将成为过去的一部分
Because it gets old, it gets irrelevant, it becomes part of the past.
Also, when you’re depending on a studio,
and that is your only ticket for people to know
who you are and what you do.
That’s only going to be as good as how long you’re at the studio.
One thing that nobody can take away from us is our name.
And that’s why your name is the most important thing.
And that’s why we should always keep the habit of
posting art to post stuff through ourselves on social media.
Because when it comes down to it, and things get challenging.
The people that have been putting their names out there all this time,
those are the ones that will bounce back the quickest generally.
The third habit to avoid is being all about business 24/7.
You know, I’ve always prided myself for my efficiency.
I’m always trying to be more and more efficient.
我总是想要更快 更好 更迅速地完成工作
I’m always trying to do things in a quicker, better, faster way.
nowadays I have a lot of meetings with very high profile artists, and trying to
help them create their schools and class.
Now, these are people that are extremely busy:
people that have a lot on their plate, a lot on their schedule.
So I try to make it as easy as possible, try to make these meetings
as short as possible.
So then I would just make it all about business.
也就是我们谈任务1 任务2 任务3
You know let’s talk about task 1, task 2, test 3.
How did they go? Do you need any help?
What’s next to work on?
And even though this can be very effective to produce work,
I think, in the long run,
it’s still really important to work on your personal connection as well.
I found that with some people, you know,
they want to talk about personal stuff with me,
and you know, just everyday stuff.
So I would do that.
I found that over time, I felt closer to those people.
Then I did with the others where
I would just go bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.
And “Did you do this?”, “Did you do that? “
And it’s all about business.
But to get anything big done,
many times that personal relationship becomes a super
important part of the overall success
that you’ll have in a project or career.
With tasks that don’t involve other people,
yeah, I would totally be all about business,
“Let’s get it done.” ,”Let’s go efficiently.”
But now when I’m talking with people,
I make sure that I try to get to know them better,
let them have an opportunity to get to know me better.
This way not only are you building stronger bonds between people,
but you’re also getting to know them better, which will help you with the work as well.
Some people you want to give them very harsh criticism perhaps, very strict criticism.
也有一些人 你非常想称赞他们 鼓励他们
Some people you want to really compliment them, and
encourage them, and try to pick them up.
Some people when you pick them up too much,
they think that they already arrived,
and they… they don’t have the motivation to push even further.
So by getting to know people on a personal level,
you’ll be able to know what will move them
better, what to avoid,
and everything in between to make whatever it is that you guys are trying to do
more effective, more efficient.
4. One of the big habits to avoid is getting jaded.
Now, a lot of times this usually happens to more like veterans in the business.
They’ve been in the business for like ten years, and they kind of hate it.
But I’ve also seen this with many just students even
getting jaded super-quick.
One priceless piece of advice came from one of my absolute artistic heroes
that I feel very privileged to call my friend, Brenda Chapman,
first ever female director
for animated film to win the Oscar.
And she said, “when you’re not feeling good about your project and things like that,
what you want to do is
focus in on the slices of that project that you really love,
and really try to expand that.
Focus on those things, focus on the things that you love,
and you’ll have a much better time and
ability to enjoy the project you’re on.”
Something else I do to keep myself from being jaded is feeding my artistic soul.
Every few years,
Kei and I, we will take some time off
to do a gallery show at our friend’s gallery, Arludik in Paris France.
It’s a chance for us to get away from it all,
to go back to making completely independent art,
to go back to traditional painting and drawing,
and just do something completely different and fun
from our everyday work that we usually do.
But, of course not everybody
has friends that have a beautiful gallery in Paris France
that they can do a gallery show for, that would be fun.
But every day we have an opportunity to make our own art.
有InkTober Sketch Dailies或者Mermay这样的网站
And then there’s things like InkTober, Sketch Dailies, or Mermay,
where everybody draws Mermays for the month of May.
Now sometimes this advice doesn’t always work.
I was going through a slump with my own art earlier this year.
And it’s because everything that I wanted to paint, even for myself, I didn’t like it.
And most of all, I didn’t like any of the ideas that I was coming up with.
I didn’t feel like they were exciting enough for me to really
简直对不起我付出的感情 精神 和努力
put my heart and soul and my effort behind it.
I just didn’t want to do them.
The solution that I found for this problem was I started to learn something.
我报了班 我没有尝试自学 我想学有所师
I took a lesson. I’m not just trying to learn by myself. I’m taking instructions.
I’m looking for somebody’s instructions of how they did something, how did
they think about things.
And I try to learn that.
Hopefully, it comes with assignments, too.
Because then it gives you kind of parameters of
what you can draw, what you can paint.
And then it becomes much easier to come up with good ideas that you can get behind.
Or perhaps they supply the idea for you,
and you’re just trying to learn
the techniques and apply them correctly.
Because all of a sudden, so many other questions go out of the door:
What should I paint?
How’s this idea?
Do I like this idea? Things like that.
It all goes out the door, and you can just do what you’ve been instructed.
A lot of times that becomes very energizing.
It’s great for their artistic soul,
and will keep you away from being jaded.
Number five habit to avoid:
Don’t tag artists on your work,
so that they’ll look at it.
This is a horrible habit.
You know, years ago it came in a different way.
Perhaps it is on a forum, you put up some art,
people go and they look at your art,
and they go, “Nice job.”
And then they go check out my work,
or they just simply say check out my work,
and they put a tag there.
Exposure isn’t always good.
You want to have the right kind of exposure.
You want to send the right message.
Nowadays, I get tagged on my Instagram,
or whatever else on a constant.
Does it make me want to look at your work,
and say how awesome it is? Actually never.
Because it’s kind of annoying.
Well, then how do you get people to look at your work?
If we want people to be helpful to us,
then we have to try to be helpful to them.
And a lot of times,
if you want to start the interaction,
then start being helpful to people first
before you ask them to do anything.
Like what I said in the previous tip:
Don’t make it all about business 24/7.
Try to be personable.
Try to get on people’s good sides.
Try to learn what they’re all about.
Get to know them.
Create a relationship before you ask for any favor.
And when you ask for a favor,
think about it from their perspective.
If they’re super busy,
and they are very prolific, very up there artists,
and most likely they won’t have a lot of time to write big long responses for you.
For those kind of things,
make your questions very specific and very easy to answer.
Another really great way for artists that you admire to
notice you, appreciate you, and appreciate what you do
is first be an advocate of them.
You know, if you admire them, you like them for some reason or another,
help them spread the world.
Most of the time when people say nice things about me, I know that
I will respond to them, I will retweet them,
or share it on my Facebook page, or whatever it might be.
You do that enough times, and
I start to recognize your name.
There’s many people in my live stream that
I feel close to, and if I ever met them.
You know, many of these people I never have met them.
But if I did meet them, I guarantee you there is going to be instant connection.
And they become much more to me
than one of the likes on an image I might have posted.
Number six, we left the best for last,
and that is don’t stop learning.
Learning is the ultimate antidote for most, if not all,
the different problems you can have in your art career.
Even people that have a bad attitude to a certain extent,
if they kind of have like, I mean, not so good attitude,
But they can draw and paint amazingly.
They will still get jobs.
当然了 如果你态度端正 那就再好不过了
But of course, it is much better if you don’t have a bad attitude.
If you never stop learning, people will
notice you a lot more.
So when you put stuff on social media,
it will gain the attention on the right people.
If you never stop learning,
you won’t have to worry about the first point I was saying of
getting information from only one source,
because you’re constantly learning,
you’re constantly leveling up.
It’s this never-ending cycle, that’s what we want to go towards:
Being a person that is constantly learning.
Just the other day, I had this really nice compliment from
one of my artistic heroes, Thomas Fluharty,
一个不可思议的画家 插画家 手绘家
an amazing painter, amazing draftsman, amazing drawer.
And he was saying that one thing he
admired about me was that I constantly keep learning.
I’m always taking a class. I’m always diving into a book.
It’s more than just practicing.
I do that as well,
but I’m always looking for more information,
more lessons, constantly leveling up.
And even if you start off with very little talent,
very little skill in the beginning,
if you are a person that adopts this one trait of never stopping your learning,
always putting in the effort, always putting on that time to level up your knowledge,
you will have a successful career,
you will become an amazing artist.
Because so few people keep doing this.
This is exactly why we created schoolism.com.
It’s because I had a bit to offer, and a bit to teach other people.
But even more than that, it gave me the best excuse ever to ask
all of the people that I would love to learn from.
To teach, to teach on schoolism, to teach the world, and in turn
I get to learn from them.
So, even though that could be looked at as slightly a kind of selfish reason,
to create schoolism is a very honest reason of
trying to gather the best information in the world,
the best artists in the world, so that I can learn from them.
It wasn’t about building a living off of teaching,
so in other words, it wasn’t about the money.
We all have our jobs. We do this out of passion.
And in the grand scheme of things, I could tell you firsthand:
working on a really cool project
like designing the characters for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland,
that was really great, that was really fulfilling.
Perhaps you might inspire a few people.
But when you teach somebody, it goes beyond
just inspiring somebody,
you can literally change their lives in a better way.
And that’s why I encourage you to teach someone else,
if you have something to offer.
对我来说 开创schoolism 分享我的所学
I know, for me, starting schoolism and sharing what I’ve learned has become
literally one of the most humbling,
and most gratifying things I’ve done.
So I hope this video has helped you.
And I hope to see you guys next time. Take care everybody.
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