You’re a crook. A fraud. A liar. A cheat.
That’s what my inner voices tell me.
These evil thoughts tell me I steal ideas from other artists, then cut and paste them on the page.
But the truth is, artists have to find inspiration somewhere.
We all do it, to an extent, whether or not you realize it.
Artist A inspires Artist B who inspires Artist C who inspires Artist D. And so on.
It might not be easy to see the relationship of how Artist D was inspired by Artist A, but it might be easy to connect the dots from Artist C to Artist D.
But don’t overanalyze the creative process or you will not make ANYTHING.
I believe we were made by a creator. It’s in our DNA to create. I believe that God made us and gave us a blank canvas and all of the paint, stamps, brushes and spray cans we could ever want.
You have to start somewhere. The human hand can not make an exact copy.
I’ve tried copying Hemingway’s lack of description when writing a short story. (It still didn’t read like the works of Hemingway.) More like 99.99% me and .01% Hemingway.
I’ve tried thousands of times to copy a Jimi Hendrix lick on the guitar, but I still don’t sound exactly like Jimi. It might sound kind of like Jimi to an extent, but it’s still not the same.
The point is simple; find something you like and try to create it. Then edit. Revise. Edit again. And again.
When you think you are done, if you really want to create something special, ask others for feedback. Then edit some more. I believe it is in the editing process you give the work it’s unique voice.
We’ve been made to create. Embrace it and try to enjoy the process as much as possible.
What do you think the difference is between stealing art and being inspired by art?