Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Things I Learned From Don Suggs

This is Don Suggs.

Don Suggs is a guy who talks a lot. Here is what he told me.

General Advice:
- Steal everything you can while you are a student. Take everything that you like and put it into your own work. Originality is not important now. Building a wide vocabulary is.
- Visual Representation alone is not interesting enough by itself. You need something more.
- Things put where we least expect them create interesting pictures.
Art vs. Illustration
- Illustration is about giving you all the information necessary for you to receive it and move on.
- Art is about provoking you, grabbing you, and giving you a deeper meaning.
- If you want the viewer to linger on your piece, don't give them all the information. Use inferences.
- Art is NOT about inspiration. Art is about working through boredom for 8 hours a day to produce something that is not horribly unnattractive.

Art Advice:

- Don't look at the details. Look at the big picture. Work from the formless to the forms.
- There is no reason why you can’t tilt the horizon.
- Don’t be too cute. Always be a little sinister in your pieces. [???]
- Still lifes are boring. [...]
- Don’t overwork one area of your image. Concentrate on the image as a whole. Work on everything with equal priority.
- Repetition (or echoes) creates visual interest and partnering balance [...].
- Unifying patterns or textures help to break up the space in an otherwise “clean” image.

Important Advice:

- Adding birds makes everything better.

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At 1/22/2009 6:53 PM, Blogger ifedajay said...

yay for birds!

At 1/25/2009 1:48 PM, Blogger TheJBurger said...

He was really adamant about birds. And rubber duckies. And his still life props.

When one of his students lost one on a field trip, you could see the tears welling up in his eyes. But, he found it again later on a bus.

At 1/26/2009 7:47 PM, Blogger ifedajay said...

wowww lol

At 1/26/2009 7:47 PM, Blogger ifedajay said...

is this ur teacher?

At 1/26/2009 8:38 PM, Blogger TheJBurger said...

He spoke to me in my dreams, yes.


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