So far, over 140 artists have been interviewed and featured at Artpromotivate. We have also been featuring these in retrospective posts (such as this one) where the 10 most recent artists are featured again.
One of the things we ask these artists is: “What is your process of creating art, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion?”
Listed here are the responses to this question.
- Lana Grant
New York ; NY
Mediums: oil on canvas & drawings
PAINTINGS - I paint with oil on canvas. Before I start painting I make small sketches to see what is the best composition to support my message. During painting I making changes until I am satisfied, I paint with heart, my brain is my gage.
My - DRAWINGS are made with different art material to ketch fast changing sunset to express and ting or short story, that inspire me
- Katie Hone
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Style: Abstract, Portrait art
Mediums: Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen
Usually I come up with the idea in an extremely unlikely and inconvenient situation, (before I go to sleep or on long journeys for example). When I finally get down to doing the art I like to know I can complete it all in one session, I find that if I wonder off for too long I may have lost the initial motivation to keep at it. Perhaps this is why I don’t use oil paint! I like to take photos of my progress for viewing afterwards. I also stick on some loud music, I hate working in silence and music just keeps my energy so high. When the piece is done I might display it for a little while just so that I can feel proud and inspired to do the next piece.
- Rob Davenport
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Style: Happy paintings
Mediums: Acrylic, Digital art
I use a digital art program called Artrage to do a few digital explorations . With digital art It is easy to change things around until you get them about right. Pixels do not cost much of anything, so you can feel very free to create. I use a Wacom tablet to draw on.
I then make a bold digital outline traced from the digital painting, detailing the important parts of the work. I print that out, and then use a projector to then copy it to a canvas. The bold outline makes it easier to copy from the projected image. If it is simple, I just draw it by hand.
At that point, I start to work on the painting using Golden fluid Acrylics. I am free to change things of course, and usually do. Its not completely "paint by numbers" or like filling in a coloring book, but I find the outline keeps me focused.
- Renee Oglesbee
Wimberley, Texas, USA
Style: Counter Culture, Macro Photography, Pop Art, Abstract
Mediums: Graphite drawing, watercolor, photography, mixed medium, acrylic
Well, I typically get an image of what I want to do in my mind….it has to really excite me for some reason. I take the time to meditate and allow ideas to come to me from my relaxed mind…then I begin. Nothing ever turns out as I plan it though and it is always a surprise for me. “I” step out of the way in the process and allow the source of my talent, which is not the “I” we typically are aware of to have expression through me. I am not there and actually am always amazed at what comes through as the final project. I get completely immersed in emptiness and the absence of actual “effort”. I don’t rely on technique. I rely on inspiration and intuition every step of the way.
- Rhys Allen
Newport, South Wales. UK.
Style: Everchanging. Flexible. Loose.
Mediums: Traditional. Digital. Untraditional.
I'll tell you about the latest piece I've been working on. I start with pencils, and spend up to a day rendering the image out 'perfectly'. I start out with basic shapes, and slowly carve into them. I always start loose, then tighten as the hours whittle away. Then I scanned into Photoshop and worked on colour flats. I never have any interest in finding the ''right'' colours at such an early stage, as this can offer up alternate explorations and routes for your mind. After that's done I worked all the separate colours into each other to add shape and direction to materials, and to flatten the image. If a colour isn't working definitely I change it now.
Then it's a case off duplicating layers, messing with hue/saturation and erasing where applicable. This is my favourite part of the process as it reminds me of throwing paint onto a wall (And not getting shouted at for it). This is where I am at the moment, but the next stage would include painting some textures into the piece and working on highlights. I have no idea where I'll go after that.
- Rachel Bingaman
Washington DC, USA
Style: Contemporary & Abstract Oil Paintings
Mediums: Oils on canvas
A typical piece is finished within the day. I have never been one to let a piece of canvas lay blankly or unfinished on the easel for too long. I start in the early morning and love to watch the sunrise as I paint. The longest I have taken (on a larger 36 x 48 piece) is 3 days to complete a work. Each piece receives full attention until its completion.
- Tammy Mike Laufer
Style: Contemporary Art
Mediums: video art and 3D digital drawing
When I start working on a new scene, it's like enter to a fantasy dream.
Like starting your new only virtual world. “Everything is possible” and in the majority of my works I am trying to combine visual realities, with subconscious emotions and philosophical thoughts.
- Genevieve Esson
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Style: Contemporary art
Mediums: Mixed Media and acrylic
I sometimes think about it and plan it in my head, sketch it out and then paint it. Other times it just begins or comes to me out of the blue. It depends on what is going on in my life or what I'm being influenced by at the time. Sometimes, it's very spontaneous. Boom, I throw the paint on the canvas or whatever medium I’m using at the moment, and it becomes art.
- Samantha Lesley
London, United Kingdom
Style: Abstract art
“I am interested in the process of painting and how different colours are mixed together to create a ‘torn’ effect. Inspired by Gerhard Richter and Piet Mondrian.”
- Teodora Totorean
Style: semi/lyrical abstract, naive
Mediums: mixed media (collage), Acrylic
I think about my art all the time, about possible pictures and colour combinations, what tools and techniques I would use, etc. Once I have an idea I start painting. I very rarely do sketches; I paint mainly from memory and imagination straight onto the canvas. I am not too concerned about the image being perfect. Sometimes I use the paints straight from the tubes and create textures with the palette knife or the other end of the brush. Sometimes I create a background using paper cuts, fibre washers and other collage materials, and then I would create the image on top of it.