How to Master an Artistic Field | Liron Yanconsky’s Podcast – Episode 12

Episode Summary

In this episode of my podcast we’ll discuss how to master an artistic field or endeavor, using macro and micro skills.

Micro Skills – The How

Another word for these would be “techniques”. This is the technical know-how of your artistic field. In watercolor, this means blending edges, matching values and dry brush techniques.

In drawing, this can be properly holding the pencil, creating a gradual shift in values and so on.

Mastering these is pretty straightforward. You practice them until you are competent.

Macro Skills – The Why

This is where the challenge begins.

If the micro skills were the “how to”, the macro skills are the “why we do things the way we do them”.

These can include composition, color selection, arrangement, telling a story or explaining an idea through our art. They also include work-process-related ideas.

This is less of a thing to “work on” in a targeted manner like the micro skills. A lot of this comes down to lots of experimentation and being open and present during the creation process.

I want to emphasise once again – these CAN improve – by practicing correctly.

My Progress With Watercolor Painting

I feel like I’m at a spot where I’m very competent with the micro skills. I wouldn’t say I MASTERED them. But I’m pretty good.

And with the macro skills? I feel like I’m still learning. And there’s A LOT to learn. This pleases me, because it shows the huge potential I can still tap into.

And the way I see it – mastering both micro and macro is the recipe for magic.

I hope you enjoyed this one!

Show Notes

I didn’t mention any artists in this particular episode, but make sure to check out the following if you enjoyed this one:

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Present Reality Through Your Own Artistic Filter | Liron Yanconsky’s Podcast – Episode 11

Hi there, Liron again here!

In this episode I’ll talk about how we as artists present reality through our own filter. Our interpretation of the world essentially becomes our artwork.

I experienced the challenges of finding my own voice, or “sense of reality” that I want to convey in my art.

This was very apparent to me when I made the “jump” from pen sketching to watercolor painting. I had to learn a new language.

Artist Corner

In this episode I talk about Camille Pissarro.

He was a Danish French painter who worked in an impressionistic and Neo-impressionistic styles. He had great importance and contribution to post-impressionism and its development in the artistic world.

My favourite works by him are his landscapes and cityscapes, especially the ones that convey a strong sense of light and mood.

The best way to look at his work is by searching Google Images. I highly recommend you check it out.

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How to Develop Your Own Artistic Style | Liron Yanconsky’s Podcast – Episode 9

In this episode I want to share my (hopefully) unique perspective on a widely discussed topic – how to develop your own artistic style.

My focus will be visual arts, but this can definitely be applied to many other artistic endeavors.

As I preface this episode, I am talking from the perspective of someone who is going through the process of finding their own style right now.

When it comes to pen and ink I’m pretty much there, but when it comes to watercolor painting I still have a long way to go.

The two concepts I present in this episode are:

  1. Focusing on the basics. These are mini-skills that are detached from a certain style. These are the building blocks. Each medium has their own basic skills.
  2. Inspiration and Isolation. A cycle I go through often that allows me to soak up inspiration and knowledge from other artists while maintaining and honing my own uniqueness.

I hope you enjoy this episode!

Artist corner

Today I talked about Wassily Kandinsky – an amazing painter that became a very influential figure in the abstract painting world.

what I love about his work is that he clearly is able to create both realistically (or perhaps “literally”) and abstractly.

Check out ‘Odessa Port’ which he did in 1898, and compare that with ‘Houses in Munich’ from 1908. It’s amazing.

And this is it for today’s episode. I hope you enjoyed this one, and I’ll talk to you again really soon!

– Liron

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Preparation and Patience | Liron Yanconsky’s Podcast – Episode 8

In this episode I want to share with you some insights I recently had regarding preparation and patience, and how they significantly improved my artwork!

A few months ago I started more carefully planning my paintings, before starting to work on them.

But the serious improvement I started feeling in the last 2 months or so, came when I started devoting more time to studying composition and planning it in each painting. I immediately noticed the difference it made.

I hope you enjoy this episode!

Today’s artist: Anna Mayorova

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Control VS Freedom in Art | Liron Yanconsky’s Podcast – Episode 5

In this episode I talk about different approaches to creating. I believe there’s a scale ranging from complete freedom and looseness, all the way to completely controlled and deliberate creation.

There’s no right or wrong, only different outcomes and experiences. I recommend experimenting with these ideas.

Show Notes

1. Artist corner: Joseph Zbukvic.

This is one of my favorite watercolor artists. If you love loose impressionistic style in watercolor (or other media), definitely check out his work.

I’d also check out this exceptional video, showing a full painting process done by him.

2. Books mentioned – Paris Aquarelle and Rooftops of Paris by Fabrice Moireau.

3. Alvaro Castagnet – another fantastic watercolor artist with a style similar to Zbukvic (and perhaps a little looser at times).

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