I was 11. It was summer at theatre camp. One of the girls brought in a How to Draw Manga book. I had no idea there was a word for this new, shiny-eyed style that suddenly seemed to be popping up everywhere, but I decided I wanted to be a part of it. A half year later it struck me that I could do art for a living, not become a doctor or a scientist or something else equally bound by the limits of what is possible. Art can make your wildest dreams closer to reality.
As a young child, probably around age six, I began to see myself as an artist. I remember starting school in kindergarten and one of our first activities was drawing - I loved it! I always created pictures and designs as a child to hang throughout my house. I believe I was born an artist.
When I was younger I began replicating things I saw, or drew out images I made up in my mind, and some of my creativity drew the attention of others. I found release in art, and I liked being able to get out my ideas into something others could see. That's when I felt like I was becoming an artist.
This is loaded! Um, I am JUST starting to see myself as an artist... in fact, as recent as two days ago, I realized that I was really coming into the "artist" realm as far as my lyric writing is concerned. I had a song that I wrote my junior year of high school that even made into the school newspaper, and I had been told COUNTLESS times that it was best I had ever written... so, I sent it to my best mate, who is... other than myself, my toughest critic. When HE told me that it was really good, I knew that I was doing something right.
When I was at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, I found out what it meant to be an architect,
Art + Engineering = Architecture
I wasn't interested in the Engineering aspect as much, and I found out that I retained most of the design/process development information, and took interest completely into art.
When more and more people started calling me like that.
To be an artist and to accept all that comes with it is only to assume a label. We are all born with creativity in our blood. I began to see myself as an artist, in the way the label is commonly used, only a few years ago. However, I prefer to maintain that I have always been the way that I am and that way is scarcely different from any other human being, and that it is only that my creative abilities and interests happen to be aligned with a particular mode of inquiry, which so happen to be called the arts. The processes and practices of the artist are no different from those of a curious child who becomes a neurobiologist, or the CEO of a larger multinational corporation, perhaps the motivations are different, but the theme of creating and building something remains. Maybe it's that in some way, I refuse to grow up, to accept categorical delineations as real, immobile things; or perhaps that I accept growth as a continual process. It hardly makes a difference, though because we are always every making something of ourselves and the world around us, even if it happens to be a mess in the end.
Once I started researching artist through out history. I started to realize my mind was so similar to theirs and it helped me to understand myself.
In the crib.