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Trevor Nielson
Artist | Professional | Other
United States
Current Residence: salt lake city, utah
Favourite genre of music: punk with a twist of metal (p.s...Green Day is not Punk!)
Favourite photographer: larry flynt
Favourite style of art: propaganda art of the 30S
Operating System: a hammer... not a scalpel!
MP3 player of choice: my kids?
Shell of choice: .40 caliber
Wallpaper of choice: wood paneling for me!
Skin of choice: mine
Favourite cartoon character: johnny quest
Personal Quote: the politically correct movement is trying to take our right to get pissed off.
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A QUICK PHILOSOPHY OF USE…

DURING THE CREATION OF ANY WORTHWHILE PIECE OF ART ONE WILL (INVARIABLY) ASK A FEW OF THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.

    1.    WILL ANYONE LIKE IT?

    2.   WILL ANYONE “GET” IT?

    3.   IS WHAT I'M DOING DERIVATIVE?

    4.   IS WHAT I'M DOING HAVING ANY IMPACT ON MY AUDIENCE?

    5.   WHY AM I DOING IT?

    6.   DOES MY ART SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ME?

    7.   DO I REVEAL ANYTHING ABOUT ME AS AN ARTIST?

    8.    AM I GROWING AS AN ARTIST, OR AM I ALLOWING MYSELF TO STAGNATE?

    9.    HOW WILL OTHERS REMEMBER MY WORK? IS IT WORTH REMEMBERING?

    10. AM I BEING HONEST WITH MYSELF AS AN ARTIST, OR AM I JUST AS FULL OF SHIT AS THE LAST GUY?

THE FIRST QUESTION SHOULD BE THE LEAST IMPORTANT. IT IS THIS QUESTION THAT SEEMS TO BE THE MOST SELF-DAMAGING TO THE ARTIST. WHO CARES WHO “FAVES” YOUR ART OR HOW MANY VIEWS IT GETS. YOUR LLAMA COUNT IS NOT ABOUT YOU CREATING HONEST AND WORTHWHILE WORK. YOUR JOURNEY OF ARTISTIC SELF-DISCOVERY DOES NOT END WITH THE DELIRIOUS RANTING OF GUSHING PRAISE. PERSONALLY ONE OF MY WORST PIECES POSTED HERE CONSISTENTLY GETS THE HIGHEST VIEW COUNT.

NEXT! WILL ANYONE GET IT? THAT DEPENDS…WAS THE MESSAGE ACTUALLY IN THE ART? TOO MANY ARTISTS COP-OUT, SELF-DELUDING THEMSELVES AND CHASTISING THE UNWASHED MASSES FOR A PERCEIVED LACK OF INTROSPECTION! “YOU JUST DON’T GET IT “. THIS IS OFTEN THE FAULT OF THE CREATOR, HAVING LITTLE TO DO WITH THE OBSERVER. YOU PUT A LOT OF TIME EFFORT AND LOVE INTO A PIECE AND GET A NEGATIVE RESPONSE FROM THE OBSERVER. THE REAL QUESTION SHOULD BE …DID I PUT IN THE CLUES TO MY MESSAGE INTO THE WORK OR DID I JUST PUT UP THE WINDOW DRESSING? HMMMMMM….?

THIRDLY, EVEN THE GREATEST MASTER PAINTERS STRUGGLE WITH THIS. NOT JUST COMPARED TO OTHER ARTISTS, BUT EVEN OF THEIR OWN WORK. PAUL KLEE, ROY LICHTENSTEIN AND EVEN JACKSON POLLOCK STRUGGLED TO MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND SPEAK WITH AN ORIGINAL VOICE. BUT SOMETIMES YOU'RE PROGRESSION WILL BE A SUBTLE SHIFT IN ACCENTS THAT ONLY YOU WILL SEE. THAT SHOULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO A YOUNG ARTIST. ALWAYS PROGRESSION. ALWAYS MORE SKILLS IN THE BAG.  IT ALL ADDS UP AND CREATES YOUR UNIQUE VOICE WHEN YOU USE THEM.

FOURTHLY, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU CANT REALLY CONTROL. BUT I CAN MOST ASSUREDLY GUARANTEE YOU IF YOU'RE MAKING HONEST ART TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY THEN YOU WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON SOMEONE. EFFORT IS REWARDED IN TINY INCREMENTS. THE MORE PASSION YOU PUT INTO THE WORK THE MORE OF AN IMPACT IT WILL HAVE FOR THOSE THAT ARE OBSERVANT AND TRULY CARE ABOUT GREAT CRAFT AND SKILLED PRESENTATION. MOST OF THE TIME CONTENT IS ACTUALLY THE MORE IMPORTANT COMPONENT… YOU'RE AUDIENCE WILL FORGIVE WEAKER SKILLS FOR A STRONGER MESSAGE PRESENTED CLEARLY.

THE FIFTH IS ALL ABOUT PURPOSE…ARE YOU A WORKER DRONE? ARE YOU DRIVEN TO CREATE? ARE YOU JUST MINDLESSLY DOODLING IDEAS IN A NOTEBOOK BETWEEN CLASSES? ALL THESE ARE WORTHY OF EXPRESSION BUT THE GOALS OF EACH ARE DIFFERENT. IF YOU CREATE FOR ENJOYMENT, THEN SHOWING THE DOODLES IS VERY PERSONAL AND MAY EXPOSE A LOT MORE ABOUT YOU THEN YOU THINK. IF ITS ALL MATH AND RULES FOR YOU, THEN IT’S THE STRUCTURE OF  CLEAN FULLY-FORMED IDEAS YOU CRAVE. THE EXPRESSION OF YOUR ORDERED UNIVERSE IS THE AIM.

NUMBER SIX IS EASY ENOUGH TO ANSWER… YES! PASSION IN…PASSION OUT! THE WORK OF ART IS AN INVESTMENT OF THE “SOUL”. EVERY COMPOSITION SHOULD(IN SOME REAL WAY) BE A REVELATION ABOUT THE PERSON WHO CREATED IT. MAC OR P.C.? CAR, BIKE, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? PAINT, INK, OR PENCIL? GET IT? GOT IT? GOOD.

NUMBER SEVEN… IT DAMN WELL BETTER! BUT SOMETIMES IT REVEALS WHAT YOU DON’T WANT OTHERS TO REVEAL. WAS IT HURRIEDLY DASHED OFF? TOO LAZY TO FINISH IT PROPERLY? CARELESSLY COMPOSED? ALL THIS WILL BE PART OF THE MESSAGE IF YOU DON’T TAKE TIME TO CARE AND NURTURE THE WORK. PUT SOME THOUGHT AND EFFORT INTO IT. REVISIT IT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ALL THE PROBLEMS WORKED OUT. CLEAR CONCISE MESSAGE! IF ITS NOT IN THE WORK HOW WILL A LAYMEN PLUCK IT OUT?

OCHO! DOES THE WORK CHALLENGE YOU? ARE YOU BORED WITH IT? GUESS WHAT? IF YOU ARE THEN THEY WILL BE TOO! MANY OF THE CARTOONISTS I GREW UP WITH I NO LONGER READ BECAUSE THEIR WORK HAS DRIED UP. IT ALL LOOKS THE SAME AND THEY HAVE BECOME COMFORTABLE DOING THE SAME REPETITIOUS STUFF OVER AND OVER. THEY ARE PASSIONLESS ABOUT IT AND THE AUDIENCE IS PASSIONLESS ABOUT THEM. ALWAYS STRIVE TO ACHIEVE NEW HEIGHTS!

NEIN! (IRONY?) THIS IS PROBABLY ANSWERED BEST BY YOUR AUDIENCE WHO WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN YOU FAIL AND WHEN YOU ACHIEVE. SOMETIMES YOUR BEST FRIEND IS THE ONE WHO TELLS YOU YOU'RE FULL OF SHIT!

THE FINISH LINE! IF YOU ARE HONESTLY TRYING TO DO THE ABOVE THEN THIS ONE SHOULD ANSWER ITSELF. REACHING FOR THE STARS IS NOT EASY, BUT THEN IT WOULDN'T BE WORTH DOING IF IT WAS THAT EASY. YOUR ARTISTIC ENDEAVOR WOULDN'T BE THAT SPECIAL IF EVERYONE COULD DO IT. WHAT IT ALL ADDS UP TO…EGO! NO ONE REALLY DOES THIS FOR THEMSELVES. YOU WANT OTHERS TO SEE IT, TO FAWN ALL OVER IT AND TO TELL YOU JUST HOW SPECIAL YOU ARE! …AND THAT’S O.K. CAUSE THAT’S WHAT DRIVES THE CREATOR TO PUT PEN TO PAPER AND CREATE A WHOLE NEW WORLD.

FUN! AIN'T IT?

 

THE ALLIENGANGER STALKS YOU IN YOUR SLEEP AND HIDES IN YOUR UNDERWEAR DRAWER… 

  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: SOCIAL DISTORTION
  • Reading: HIGH FIDELITY by Nick Hornby
  • Watching: the pitbull farting
  • Playing: With the Genius Idea I put on the back burner for
  • Eating: BLACKBERRIES
  • Drinking: lo-carb monster...grrrrrrrrrr!

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:icondrstrangebob:
DrStrangebob Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
Thanks for faving page 38 of Mascot!
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:icondrstrangebob:
DrStrangebob Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Well spoke!
I never get enough time to work it feels, yet I keep on plugging away, and now- 41 pages later- I'm just scratching the surface of my comic's message.

Guess I'll just keep plugging!
It feels like the right thing to do!
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:iconluciferlive:
luciferlive Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Artist
yeah, it was a rant to a friend that always tells me they just do it for themselves...whats the point of you putting pen to paper then? if you make an expression on a piece of paper you are asking the world to review it or else why would you bother in the first place?

i always struggle with the message...guess ill keep plugging away too!
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:icondrstrangebob:
DrStrangebob Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
Hey, did you come up with a small black zippered case of Copic pens after the con?
I'm missing my best pens, and was hoping you might have picked them up by mistake.
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:iconnoumier:
Noumier Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the faves :)
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:iconluciferlive:
luciferlive Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Artist
No prob...thanks for the excellent work.
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:iconhdub7:
hdub7 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :D
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:iconluciferlive:
luciferlive Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Artist
no prob... keep making good stuff
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:iconhdub7:
hdub7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :D
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:iconluciferlive:
luciferlive Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Artist
no prob...i love your work. keep it up!
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