Process Portraits: Exploring the Creative Journey
How does the creative mind work? What’s the journey that takes artists from spark-of-an-idea to finished product? Choreographers, composers, painters, sculptors, photographers, writers—these are the people who bring us joy, insight, beauty, and heartache through their chosen media. But at what price?
An enigma to those on the “outside”—and often a shock to the naïve and unsuspecting emerging artists—the creative process is a rollercoaster ride of self-doubt and fulfillment, hopelessness and bliss. Why is the pursuit of one’s passion so fraught? And how do artists cope with these struggles—and persevere in spite of them?
These are the questions that we at Process Portraits explore in depth as we probe the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of creative process as experienced by actual artists.
While BFA and MFA students—and even established artists—may be well trained in theory, mechanics, and technique, they’re often ill equipped to deal with reality: While pursuing your craft, you will face unanticipated obstacles. You will feel terror and frustration. You will blame yourself. You will want to compromise your vision or up and quit. This is normal. And it’s all integral to your artistic process.
How reassuring it would be to know what to expect and see how fellow artists navigate the rocky road. That’s why our inaugural project, the book Portrait of an Artistic Journey: The Creative Process in Real Life Context, is an invaluable resource for both students and professors. And for art enthusiasts, this portrayal of one artist’s creative journey is an enlightening and fascinating read.
Join us as we dive inside the mystifying inner workings of the creative mind. To learn more about the mission of Process Portraits, contact us now. Or head straight to our book page to claim your copy of Portrait of an Artistic Journey: The Creative Process in Real Life Context.
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