“I’d rather live for one year and do exactly what I want to do, than live for 60 years and never get to do what I want to do.“
~ Dorian Vallejo
What makes you an artist?
In this podcast, Dorian Vallejo explains how he made the transition from illustration commissions to making incredible paintings full of mystery and meaning.
As you鈥檒l discover, it鈥檚 one thing to create a beautiful piece of representational art that鈥檚 rendered to perfection鈥?/p>
But it鈥檚 a different challenge entirely to express deeper, more complex ideas and meanings in your work.
You鈥檒l also learn why now is the right time to follow your true passion of becoming an artist, and why taking risks can actually be a good thing鈥?/p>
So What Makes You an Artist, Really?
Dorian Vallejo always knew he wanted to become an artist. In fact, he was working on commissions in his teens.
However, as his career developed, so did the way he thought about art and the creative process. He began to question common notions expressed in comic books and movies (such as heroism), and how to go deeper than just expressing this through the usual methods (ie. strong, muscular physiques and other hero-like qualities).
He began studying the writings of American scholar and mythologist, Joseph Campbell, whose book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, examines the physical journey of the archetypal hero found in mythologies worldwide.
Campbell鈥檚 book (which George Lucas also cited as an inspiration for Star Wars), was a huge influence upon Dorian, who says:
鈥淐ampbell looked at stories of heroism throughout the world and throughout time, and realised they鈥檙e all the same story. And the reason why they鈥檙e the same is because we鈥檙e people, and it鈥檚 part of a shared experience.
“The basic concept of heroism is to pursue life in an authentic, genuine manner.鈥滭/p>
And, realising this concept of heroism related to real-life as well as stories, Dorian set out on the path to become an artist whose work could really connect with people.
Having established himself as an illustrator, Dorian eventually became disillusioned with his work and didn’t feel as if he had the freedom to express himself.
So, one day decided to make the transition towards becoming a portrait artist instead…a risky, but very necessary, move for him to make.
He explains: “In order to live with myself, I knew I just had to make a change. At one time, all my money came from illustration work produced for my clients. I just called them all up and explained that I wasn’t going to be doing this any more after that year.”
It wasn鈥檛 always easy…and it was often downright scary. But Dorian has no regrets whatsoever, and reveals exactly what motivated him through the tough times in this week鈥檚 podcast.Here are some of the topics聽covered by Mitch and Dorian Vallejo in this week鈥檚 podcast:
- What聽motivates Dorian and inspires his art (00:00 – 10:43)
- How to make art with more meaning聽(10:51 – 20:41)聽
- Why did Dorian become a fine artist?聽(20:50 – 26:46)
- Why playing it safe can really hold you back (26:56 – 40:36)
We hope聽this week’s podcast helps you discover what makes you an artist, and that it inspires you to follow your true passions in life.
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