As we get closer to the deadline for final art (Just a few weeks away now!), all the fantastic WIPs have been pouring in. Everyone’s ideas are starting to come to life and there is a beautiful assortment of colors, styles and themes! Continue reading “Works-In-Progress, April 29th”
This week, Boneshaker Press brings you some one-on-one time with Sara Burke in San Luis Obsipo County, CA! You can find her portfolio here.
What’s your background?
I was raised in a home that supported my artistic endeavors. My mom, an artist herself, always made sure that I had pencils and crayons to create with when I was little. I think this has helped me pursue my dreams as a professional; not everyone is lucky enough to have such supportive parents as I have.
What got you interested in the arts to begin with?
This goes back to my mom again. She would draw me pictures to color, and when I was a little older I would start drawing my own pictures. I drew a lot of Pokemon and Sonic the Hedgehog!
Full disclosure before we begin: I’ve never been to art school. I came close, once, but I didn’t have the money or time to make it work. I’d already earned my bachelor’s degree, too, so I wasn’t entitled to financial aid or easy loans.
Noah Bradley says “The traditional approach is failing us. It’s time for a change” (Don’t Go to Art School). This is an opinion I’ve heard over and over again from artists of all levels.
What’s your background?
I fell in love at fifteen years old, and that has never changed. When the film, Forrest Gump, came out, I was five years old and still barely speaking, but I demanded to see it in theaters four times. My family has at least nine ethnicities represented. I used to want to be an ornithologist. I went to business school for all the wrong reasons, and didn’t go to art school for all the right reasons. I got my BA from the University of Chicago and lived and worked for a time in China. I spent six years cooking professionally, and then over a year in an office.
We’ve all experienced struggles related to feelings of isolation. Maybe it’s because there isn’t a strong artistic network in our area. Or our loved ones can’t relate to our passion. Or we spend so much time inside of our own heads that we forget how to talk to other people. Whatever the reason, all artists feel alone from time to time.
Our most profound conversations often occur within our own mind. Think about it. We’ve all been there. There is nothing more isolating than stumbling upon the Most Important Thought Of Your Life, and having no one to share it with. It highlights our need for a receptive audience already engaged with the same ideas. Continue reading “Why Artists Need Community, Even if You Hate Community (and I Know You Do)”
Boneshaker Press is proud to introduce the first in a series of articles we’re calling “Bound For Greatness” wherein we’ll get some one on one time with each of our artists. First up is David Joyce, hailing from Calgary, AB. You can find David’s portfolio here, or contact him at Davidjoyce.firstname.lastname@example.org.
BP: What’s your background?
D: I’ve got a BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technologies from the Alberta College of Art & Design, as well as a certificate from the Media Classroom. Personally I don’t put much stock in either of those (they were both predominantly disappointing experiences), but that’s what I’ve got.
While we’ve been working hard to get Boneshaker Press up and running, we’ve also been creating illustrations for our collaborative art book! We wanted to share a few of our sketches and other preliminary work, so here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been working on. It’s so exciting to see the different directions everyone is taking!
To get the ball rolling, we asked a few of our members to stand up on our collective soapbox and share their thoughts on the project–their expectations, ambitions, hopes for the future–and to give voice to Boneshaker Press. Across the board, their insights have been fantastic. Without further ado, allow me to introduce some of the team: