Start Ugly – David DuChemin

Beginnings are hard. The first steps of a creative project are full of uncertainties and fear that can stop you from starting at all. If they’re allowed to breed, these fears can leave you lost in a creative desert, not knowing which way to turn to reach civilization. In his latest book, David DuChemin attempts to crush these fears with a simple mantra: Start Ugly.

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What is art?

What is art? It’s a big question, but one that any artist needs an answer to. Of course, there’s no definitive answer – it’s all so subjective. Art can be all sorts of things for different people, in different contexts and at different times. But if you want to make art, then the only way you can start and the only way you can know whether you are succeeding is by knowing within yourself what art is for you.

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For art’s sake

This blog is essentially a personal journey of discovery, a scrapbook where I file my thoughts, feelings and contemplations on the reasons for and process of artmaking. It’s also my sketchbook for work in progress and experimentation. I hope that letting others into this journey will firstly provide opportunities for interactions that contribute to this journey, and will also provide inspiration and encouragement to others on similar journeys.

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