|How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I think an idea is worth pursuing if I obsess over it and feel physical pain until I actually begin creating it. If I'm not absolutely on fire to create something, it's probably not a good idea.
After the sketching process is over-sometimes an idea just needs to gel a while and be re-visited later.
compare with etalons
I like a clear priority in the image. The idea can be for a simple layout or a busy one, but I need to be able to construct a hierarchy. Is this picture blowing me kisses or beating me up? Is the solution too obvious? Are the symbols too evasive? Is it right on? If it's right on, I go with it and encourage my client to go with it.
Well, there's always, "Hey guys! What do you think of..."
I usually write the idea down and then sit on it for a week or so, and if I still like it when I look at it again it's probably solid. Although there are times when you're really passionate about it immediately and you can just kinda tell.
Hard to tell, sometimes I think it is a good idea, then it falls flat. If I am excited about a painting, then it is more likely to be a sucess. If I am not interested in the subject it will be less likely to flow.
You know on the inside - it's a split-second reaction that either makes you laugh, gasp, sigh or go "oh" or "hmmm".
If it takes time to search for a reason for reacting and then have to search for the appropriate response... it's probably not good.
When i get an idea i work with it. How will I compose it, what colors will I use to bring it to life. I work with the idea in the sketch and planning stage until i feel it works. Then there is this.. what does the piece say to me and my viewers? I want the work to take on a life of its own, to give back.
I'm really busy, so when I think of ideas I can't always attack them right away. After a couple of days if I' still as excited about the idea as when I had it, I know it's good. If I've lost interest I ditch it.
You need to communicate. I hate work that is about nothing. I am not the Seinfeld of the art world. Art has to be about SOMETHING.
I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to evaluate whether its good or not.
Does it look cool, interesting, pleasing
Is there a function
What size audience does it appeal to
Is there a bigger idea behind what we see immediately
What is it for and the idea fulfill that
Is it clear
Have I seen it before?
Is it a complete image?
Will it look good on canvas?
Will it offend someone?
Will it be fun to paint?
Will it look good life size?
Can it be finished in time?
My personal connection to the piece grows each time I work on it. I look forward to painting it and resent having to stop at the end of the day.
does it make me smile?
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