I often look to the greats to advise my own work and look to them for inspiration. In conjunction with my reading for the week, Creativity Inc., I have of recent grown an even fonder appreciation for Disney and Pixar, to companies at the pinnacle of creative success for their attention to detail, appreciation of story, and dedication to the growth of the artist. I believe that in following these principles with dedicated team can lead to boundless success in the classroom and real world.
In this clip, Disney goes on to quote from the book, The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri.
'The best advice I have ever given to students who study under me has been just this. Educate yourself. Do not let me educate you. - Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
Students become confused by honest admiration for one school of painting mixed with the recognition of the success and popularity of another style along with advice to follow a different approach. Frequently a student will ask which one he should imitate. Robert would advise don't imitate anyone.
"One of the great difficulties of an art student is to decide between his own natural impressions and what he thinks should be his impressions."
This advice is brilliant to drive in the point that ultimately when creating art, the artist must be aware of him/herself in order to create work that is meaningful, powerful, and showcases his/her unique ability.
Henri's and Disney echo the same driving point which I hope to some degree is echoed throughout my writing, photography, and mindset. That creating good art starts with you, your willingness to convey your own style, emotions, ideas, concepts and share them with the viewer. In the words of Henri,
"Go forward with what you have to say, expressing things as you see them. BE YOURSELF."