Chapter 6

Process Is the Product

The way in which we think about the nature of the artistic process shapes how we construct a practice for ourselves. Developing artists are more likely to believe that successful artists are gifted with reservoirs of vision and drive that propel them forward in their work. Whether this gift is the result of “divine madness” given by muse or deity, Freudian sublimation, evolutionary by-product, or personality quirk, the answer is often seen to lie within the artist entirely: a hardwiring that drives a person forward throughout their lifetime.

The impact of working from such a paradigm expands out in many ways, suggesting the following:

•    Talent, which is most often defined as an ability to work in representational ...

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