Why I Love Art

JonathanPugh

I like to start off this discussion with an apology. For the past few months I’ve been hard pressed on what topic I could discuss as I have been more busy creating digital content for my other social network pages. I think after an extended absence of blogging, a topic about how I got into illustrating and cartooning and why I love creating art to this day should be interesting for those who might find it to be inspiring. I also would like to share a few tips on how to build a social presence online as an artist who is just starting out in his or her career as well as using platforms to show off your artwork.

 

Background

From the time I was about five or so, the single most memorable thing I did growing up was watching cartoons every time I visited my grandmother’s house while my parents went to work during the day. I grew in a time where cartoons virtually ruled the media of children’s television. The main network I was known for watching was PBS, Nickelodeon (Nick Jr. in the mornings), and Cartoon Network. There were also Saturday cartoons specials I’ve watched during that time, Kids WB-4kids (Channel 11) in the mornings and Toonami at night on Cartoon Network. There was one time while watching an episode Blue’s Clues on Nick Jr. one day, I’ve decided to get a pencil or crayon and a few sheets of scrap paper and started drawing as Steve, one of the main characters of the show often using his Handy Dandy Notebook to draw out the clues marked by a paw print of his pet dog, Blue. Since then, I would find any surface to randomly draw anything from construction paper to table cloths! My passion for drawing only escalated as I drew characters based off of Saturday cartoons (Dragon Ball, Samurai Jack, Transformers, etc.) Cartoons like those forever shaped my love for cartooning and my skills as an artist had only improved tremendously over the past 17 years, and I only continue to get better!

 

My Presence On Social Media

During my time in college, where I went to receive my associates’ in Digital Media, college really opened a lot of doors of opportunity for me to not only improve on my artistic talents, but to build an online presence in the World Wide Web. Since many of my generation thrives on social media on a daily basis, even those seeking professional careers, it made sense to me to use social media to help with starting my career as an illustrator. During my third semester for associates’, I’ve created my own art brand, W.P. Showcase (Walker Philip’s Showcase), as a starting point towards my career on Facebook. From there, I have been creating my own content from traditional to digital artwork featuring myself in different scenes and imagery while improving my skills as an artist ever since.

Of course, things hasn’t always been the same as of recently. My page has been primarily about building on my own career and name as an artist. However, as of late, I thought to myself that I may be like most young artists of today, having limitless talent but no sense of direction nor anything to share with others who only just want to get in the same business I wanted to get into all this time and are looking for help. That was when I’ve decided to change things up about my initial goal for my social page.

 

Get Your Name Out There!

For starters, creating an account online is pretty much essential to obtain recognition. To me, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are among my recommendations, including DeviantArt. Using these platforms, you can upload pictures of your artworks and photos taking by your camera or phone (if you’re into photography) and enable sharing and commenting for others to give feedback. Always appreciate their complements and understand ways of improving your craft.

Secondly, #TagEVERYTHING! this will increase the changes of your art content showing up during search results that may direct people to your page and gain new followers. It’s a small detail, but an effective way to attract people to like your content online.

Third, always remain consistent. Aim to post new content at least two to five times a day. People will admire you if you continue to provide what attracts them. Keep in mind that you don’t always have to think of new ideas to create art to post. Share other content you find on social media that can be useful for people to discover and take action. Doing this will get people to credit you for sharing useful information.

Finally, be actively social. Find groups on social media, follow them, and talk with other users. Once you get acquainted, you can talk to them about your social page and encourage to take a look, thus gaining more followers for your own. It’s okay to freely express your passion for art as long as you carry yourself professionally and not ignorant in a way that most people would consider you as “trolling.”

 

That concludes my topic. These are just the basics on starting out in the realm of digital media as an artist and those are methods I use for my own page as well. Speaking of which, be sure to like me on Facebook and Instagram, and stay tuned for more updates and other discussions I have in mind to share.

 

Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts about the topic in the comments!

Also, check out these articles below of about building social presence as an artist. I guarantee you they’re a good read if you have the time.

https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/10-easy-social-media-tips-for-the-struggling-artist–cms-24209

http://artbistro.monster.com/education/articles/9687-5-ways-to-improve-your-online-art-presence

https://heroic.academy/artists-guide-getting-more-fans-social-media/

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My Top 3 TV Shows That Inspires Me

Today, I will be talking about my top 3 favorite TV cartoons that inspired me as a child and still do to this day to pursue a career as an artist. Most artists get their inspirations by watching cartoons themselves (no matter what the genre is) and a lot of their art style reflects those cartoons in one way or another. As an artist myself, that experience is no different, though some of my favorite cartoons may not be the same as other artist. Most of these cartoons vary from being funny and entertaining western-cultural shows to cartoons based on a different cultural setting. In the following list, I will explain what these shows are and why they are important to me as a rising artist.

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      To begin, one of my most memorable and funniest cartoons, if I may add, growing up was Ed, Edd, n Eddy from Cartoon Network. The show ran from January 4, 1999 to November 8, 2009 with its 10 year long run culminating in the sequel movie, “Ed, Edd, n Eddy’s Big Picture Show.” From start to finish, it was a comedy series for kids that provided timeless humor and exciting moments that takes place in a small suburban area known as “the Cul-de-Sac.” Three preteens; Ed, Edd (nicknamed Double D in the series), and Eddy spend their lives pulling pranks and scams on other kids in the Cul-de-Sac, which often leads to failure in all their attempts. This show inspired me tremendously because it was able to capture its target audience and goes above and beyond to entertain its fans. The animation at the beginning was hand-drawn with cel coloring with a variety of extreme facial expressions that made up the most funny moments of the show as the animation improved during the later seasons. As a child back then and as an adult now, it was always a treat to see the show because the amount of humor its provides in every episode makes it one of the best cartoons of all time due to how much entertainment it can give to any audience.

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     The second TV show that inspired me to draw in the first place was Blue’s Clues from Nickelodeon’s morning network for kids, Nick Jr. The show takes place in a red and yellow colored house with a young man named Steve (before being later replaced by Joe, his cousin in the story) with his pet dog, Blue. Together, they would go on various adventures, solve puzzles and riddles in order to find clues that involves Blue trying to give a message for the audience to figure out. As an educational cartoon for little toddlers, the most important aspect about the show to me was the use of the Handy Dandy Notebook, which was used by Steve to draw out clues that are marked with a paw print by Blue. I wanted to draw the same way as Steve did in the show, even going as far as making my own Handy Dandy Notebook from scratch because of how cool the theme of the show was and it became a driving factor for my dream to becoming an artist in my own way. The show was not only fun but it was also very basic and easy to understand. It makes problem-solving fun and engaging that it encourages kids to do the right thing for a better future.

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     And last by not least, the third TV show that took my admiration of cartoons to new heights is the one that holds a special place in my heart to this day. That show is none other than Dragon Ball Z, best known in Japan as the second storyline series of Dragon Ball created by Akira Toriyama. Highly popular in both the U.S. and Japan, the show serves as a direct sequel that follows the original Dragon Ball storyline, where the main character, Goku, who was once a child now a young man continues his quest to become the strongest fighter in the world, not knowing the adventures that lied ahead of him will later challenge him to become the Earth’s sole protector. The show, with all the non-stop action and with over 200 episodes, was very exciting and exhilarating growing up not only for its kung-fu based genre, but unlike other animated works that depicted superhero stories like Batman and Superman, Dragon Ball Z brought on a new dynamic to cartoon television as a Japanese-oriented anime that achieve even greater success in America as it did in Japan. Aside from the highly episodic plot, the character designs were my favorite aspect of the show. Each character appearance had their own meaning and uniqueness that fit well with the already action-packed drama the show provides. Dragon Ball Z still holds the honor, to this day, as one of the most highly rated animated cartoons worldwide that provided some of the best moments in cartoon history that stood out against all other cartoons during its initial airing on Cartoon Network’s Saturday night network, Toonami.

     There are many cartoons I’ve watched and enjoyed as a child. These TV shows I have explained, however, have been driving factors on what I want to do for my future. They all encourage me to create my own cartoons and provide great storytelling for audiences to enjoy and remember for decades. I hope based on what I learned watching these cartoons would help me inspire others to believe in cartoons and they, in turn, will inspire themselves to build their own future where they can be happy as the shows they watched as children like I did.

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Images:

http://crazy-frankenstein.com/ed-edd-n-eddy-wallpapers.html

https://www.pinterest.com/taniafuller/blues-clues/

http://seabridge.pl/?show=dragon-ball-z-title-song

First Blog Post

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      Hello Everyone! For my first blog, I will be discussing about one of my most recent artworks and what inspired me to create it and what was the purpose. As you can see in this artwork, there is a stream of clouds passing through the sky. There is a cloud in the middle shaped in humanoid form with one of its arm stretching across as other clouds pass through, possibly to catch up to them.

 

    In a way, this artwork of mine inspires me more ways than one. For instance, I can imagine myself as that human-looking cloud and having my arm outstretch, reaching for something I want to make me feel satisfied. It could be a goal, a dream, or a reward that I must have. As for the other clouds that are passing through the air, they could be view as my competitors trying to achieve the same thing I desire. What I can see from this artwork is a race taking place between myself (the humanoid cloud) against my competitors (all other clouds).

 

     However, my views and opinions may different from others. A trivial incident came to me during the night while I was drawing out this artwork. My little sister saw it and said it looked like a bunch of demonic souls rising from a fiery furnace, even though that wasn’t the final image I was creating. As for many individuals, they may have a different perspective once after looking at this image. Depending on what the perspective is, I made this artwork to serve a stimulant for individuals to test their imagination based on the appearances they see for themselves.

 

     In most recent months, the artworks I’ve made, including this one, all represent a certain aspect about myself as a artist and a perspective I chose to share with the world. The idea of their imagery stems from my feelings at the time of its creation or based on incident that I experienced in my life, no matter the amount of time it was. I truly believe that most artists that started out in their careers often based their artwork from either themselves or anything concept that relates to them. It is also a way that expresses who they really are in life and how they portray themselves  in a variety of scenarios.

 

     In summary, I wanted to share this artwork as a way to introduce myself as an artist to the world and explain my intentions on how I would like to leave an impact on it. I do believe that this profession will help me build my identity as well as sharing with other people my theories about art that is more that just a sculpture or a painting on a wall.