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Sunday, April 18 • 14:00 - 14:50
Make Bad Art.

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The over-arching theme of the talk would be the importance of just putting pen to paper (or hand to mouse, or paintbrush to canvas...). The title refers to a mental block that I believe many artists suffer from: the desire to create something that is perfect and the fear of the blank page. If you, from the get-go, just accept that the first few ideas you put down on paper are going to be bad (or at least deeply flawed) it is much easier to get started. In the end, it is the process of making lots of bad stuff that leads to a good idea, or seed of an idea, that has real potential. Often it is just as much about figuring out what doesn't work as learning what does.

What one doesn't see online from other artists is the reams of discarded sketches, crumpled up pages, unfinished paragraphs, and deleted code that didn't make the cut. Often it is there however that most of the hard work is done in getting to a finished product.

Additionally, there are several other tangentially related strategies that I have found to be helpful when trying to get started on a new project.


Duncan Halleck

Art Director, Tesseract Studios
I am an American art director, concept artist, and illustrator who has been working professionally in the entertainment industry for the last 6 years. I have worked on television, advertising, film, and AAA videogame projects both in house, as a freelancer, and as the founder and... Read More →

Sunday April 18, 2021 14:00 - 14:50 UTC
  Art/Illustration, Presentation