All this research, learning and processes I have to journey through, is all towards the goal of publishing a series of fun, enlightening and inspiring art books.
“Journey of a confused artist”
Back in my new Wetherspoon office (No promotion to the brewery), it was time to get the coffee and start preliminary research into the city of Florence and the home of Renaissance art. I needed to understand its history and what inspired the artists of the time.
The art academies that exist today keep the art alive. The Russian art academy and more. Local people and artists, and gather thoughts of how they feel the region, culture and art has given to the world and region.
I remember on an art trip at university, how I was affected by the environment where the art was created. It was an interesting coach trip full of loud and excited artists.
I listened to Enya on my disc player to detach myself from them, and only to engage with them at appropriate moments such as toilet stops and smoke breaks. Bauhaus and Berlin had a huge impact on me. The Da Vinci museum showing his thoughts and inventions. He invented the crane and helicopter. He was also a procrastinator and rarely finished work. The Mona Lisa took him 14 years to complete.
All this was exciting to see, along with the two Swedish female students who looked after me overcoming language barriers and being “stitched” up at the nightclub. Sadly, I was found in their room at the hostel, and escorted out by a kind hall monitor to my correct abode. So kind of him.
Travel was so important to my research. To engage and see art close to touch is such an eye opener. Paris, Barcelona, Venice, all have so much to offer and inspire. These places remind you just why the masters were inspired and created the work they did.
I learnt a great deal from a Turkish cat I adopted called “Missey”.. She taught me so much about sales that I had to explain to my managers.
It was basic and a 2sec rule.
The target/victim would always have an objection, a barrier to the sales person (cat/me). I say this in terms of sales reps, time-share, property and other business ventures. This is where it gets funny.
As a sales rep myself, the cat taught me this trick to overcome objections from these victims
The sales person (cat/me) would gently smile, nod and close their eyes for 2 sec and then open them, enlightened with a smile.
The victim will then continue to defend their decision to not invest or be involved in your journey.
The sales person (cat/me) would gently smile again, nod and close their eyes for another 2 sec. Then open enlightened and smile again.
Yet again the victim will then continue to defend their decision to not invest or be involved in your journey and look for support from their partner.
The sales person (cat/me) would gently smile, nod and close their eyes for another 2 sec, agree, and continue this action until they would then close the deal.
You will love me and give in to my wishes. And they did. “Missey” even had my steak and she was allowed to sleep inside even though Gail does not like cats.
I had to work on a branding design which was based on the typography design of a Bob Dylan album cover. He is also an artist who sells his work through a gallery in Cheltenham, UK.
Simple graphics from my university studies. It has text weight and flexibility for additional book designs for the series. I will now have to adapt it and filter with my other online branding to add connection. All good fun and games.
I need to design specific products now branded to promote the “ journey of a confused artist”. A task that I have set myself in terms of research and investment. I've discovered design and influences. Of many graphic designers, one of which is called Paula share. The visual language shouted out to me and her impact, along with great designers of typography such as Milton Glazier was really inspirational.