In this paper I will talk about myself as an artist, where my inspiration comes from and what I hope to gain in my project, and future career.
For my final “Blurbbook”- project I chose to write about Tristan Prettyman, Jason Mraz & Jen Rosenstein. All three of them are unique, young, American artists (They all live and work mostly in California, actually), who each inspire me in in their own way. Prettyman and Mraz are first and foremost singer/songwriters, and Rosenstein a highly talented photographer. The reason why I chose these three artists for my final project, is that they have all been a great inspiration to me over the last 4 years. I have been able to get inspired by their work ever since I stumbled upon it in 2010, and I can simply dive into the universe of their art, and I am left a little bit richer every time. They are the main reasons why I am trying to pursue a career in the field of arts. I hope you find it these three artists just as interesting as I do.
Proposal/Plan of action
The plan for the Blurb- book was to divide the book into three, one section about each of my beloved artists. I wanted to show the real face of all of them, so I decided to bring the raw, honest stuff into my book. I think it is so refreshing when people tell the truth, and there is not much else to it. I like when things are as simple as they should be.
Prettyman has a lifestyle of being real and honest to her fans and audience, and I can not agree more on how important it is to be open with each other. She as well as Mr. Mraz embraces a lifestyle of going your own way, no matter what other think or believe, and I am very intrigued by that.
In the Prettyman- section of my book I have added quotes, pictures and inspirational thoughts by her.
In the Mraz- section of my book, I have focused on trying to share what kind of person he is. He is such a big deal in my life, so I find it intriguing to try to share his way of seeing and believing with my audience.
Here too, I have placed photos, quotes, and shared the work that he does for society through his organization.
Last but not least, I have written a part of my book about Jen Rosenstein.
I love how she always has her models look elsewhere than right into the camera. It gives the photo a different feel, and I feel I am invited into a world of mystery by her. And this makes me feel that she has really succeeded as a photographer. Black and white photography makes everything seem “heavier”, or I feel the message gets through with more punch to it.
I feel she is able to portrait peoples vulnerability in a way that I seldom see. Jen is also Jason Mraz’ personal photographer, so I have also seen them work together, as you can see from part three in my book.
Her black and white style in photography has been close to my heart ever since I first saw her artwork. Her compositions always astonishes me, and she makes me want to grab my camera and run out into the streets and just look for things or people to photograph.
The desired outcome for me with this final project, is that I leave my readers prepared and eager to explore the same artists as I have found so much inspiration and comfort in learning from. They have truly been teaching me a lot of different things about art and the art- industry! It has also been a pleasure to organize and show off the pictures of whom I admire the most in the world of arts. I hope you have a good time reading and looking through my book.
I had a hard time finding Rosensteins’ photography’s online, without having to buy them. I found most of them, but a couple of them were kind of pixelated and blurry, and for this I apologize. She has got some restrictions on some of her photos. With the other artists I did not have any trouble finding photographs. I did not need anything else than their webpages plus the photos that I had already saved on my computer. I was lucky to know a lot about them from before, so I did not have a hard time knowing what I should write about.
Myself as an artist
I am a marketing- economist from back home in Norway, but like I said before, I gained a great inspiration to pursue my studies in the art-field, when I first discovered all the different aspects of these peoples work.
I started playing the guitar, writing songs and singing after discovering Mraz’ and Prettyman’s music. I bought myself a really good and expensive camera for all of my savings, and got into photography. I started making photoalbums, and I started painting on canvases with oil- painting.
I had a fascination for video since my childhood, but I have never had the chance to pursue with it because I have not had the right editiing-tools or knowledge. Video- production is something me and my bestfriend used to do, (real basic of course), as children. Today she is an educated actress from the best acting- school in Norway, and I am behind the camera. On of the other reasons I started the art- studies is that se told me that I f you do not know what you want to do as a career, you should go back to your childhood and see what you liked doing as a child, and that is usually right for you.
I have also been doing graphic design and webdesign this semester, but I am now sure I will continue in the field of photography and video. I have a dream of being accepted to a prestige artschool in Norway, where only 20% of applicants are accepted every year, after some really hard try-outs. I will apply both for artdirection and video- production, with the former as the ultimate goal.
I will come back to California after Christmas and work on my portfoilio and try-outs, and just take 2 months time off work to do this. I am all in, and I am trying to learn everything I can, in every field of the art studies (I might need that if I want to work as something as complex as artdirector).
I have had a good progress in most of my studies, but mostly in video- production.
I am quickly drawn into film, with all of the effects, the filmmusic, and s lot happening a the same time. It is the same thing with photography, but I don’t feel I have the same ability to capture the audience yet, with that medium, as I feel I can now do with film.
I think that if you make the viewer fell something by looking at your artwork, you have managed to do a good job. If you make them have emotions of some sort, make them sad, happy or thoughtful, you have had an impact in their day, and that is what I think every artist should aim for. I also think it is a good thing if not everyone in your audience is not feeling the exact same thing. That there is room for interpretation. Maybe most people that sees your picture/video etc. gets sad, but there is one person that is laughing. I think that is a good thing, because that means your artwork is complex and everybody can play with it, and give it their own meaning if they want to.
During the time of which I made this blurbbook, I noticed how much I enjoyed gathering the photos and quotes and sayings for it.
I know why I am where I am today, but like I am also stating in the book, I might not have been making my way into the art-industry if it were no for these three artists.
And I like to be reminded why they are a huge part of who I am today.
The work with this final project has been good both as a learning experience, with researching the different artist, and as a reminder of what is good art for me. This book will help me not forget where it all started for me. If I have a hard time or a bad day, I can always bring out this book an be reminded why I am doing what I am doing, even if it sometimes might get tough.
Inspired by all the images you can see in my book, I would definitely continue too shoot black and white photos. I love how the world is then suddenly all different, and how you can mess with the feel and the emotions in a photography just by removing the colors.
The conclusion that I’ve come to is that if you just take one thing at a time, you can get really good at it. Everybody needs to take their time, and so do I. I feel I have gained a great learning- experience from this class, and I will continue to do and love both photography and videoproduction for the rest of my life.