This is The Key to a Successful Career in Art.
Many professional artists have written guides to breaking in to the industry.
In interviews they're often asked what the secret is.
Bobby Chui wrote the Perfect Bait, Donata Giancola said in one interview recently it's simply "Keep your ass in that chair" but as far as I know this is the first time an artist has ever shown the actual Key to a Successful Career in Art.
I made it when I was a student, it allowed me and a friend to stow away in a cupboard while the Studios were locked up at night and sneak out in the evenings to work late. I first got an impression of the original in modelling clay. Then I hammered flat a piece of Aluminium rod and carefully, just by eye, filed the blade to replicate the impression. It gave access to the Materials cupboards and allowed us to work late in to the night when we needed to finish projects that required more than just oils and canvases.
All went well until the Police turned up one night and turned on the lights in the photography dark room we were working in, ruining the Developing process.
Someone outside had seen the torches we used to find our way to the darkroom though small gaps in the curtains along our route. We were let off with "Informal Cautions".
And that's the secret- the key to a career in Art is you've just got to love it so much you'll do whatever it takes to keep at it. Essentially it really is that simple.
If you want more practical tips and techniques, stay tuned. I intend to post more on this blog and back at www.runninghead.com as soon as possible.
George Bernard Shaw wrote:
"The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art."
Which is theatrical nonsense, but if you, or anyone you know is looking for more worthwhile, inspiring and entertaining careers advice about Art then check out this Neil Gaiman speech and remember- it may all have been done before, but not by you.