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Megan Johnson
United States
Current Residence: Wyoming
Favourite genre of music: New Age, Soft Rock, Oldies, Ambient, etc
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Favourite style of art: traditional/handmade/fantasy/illustrated/painted
MP3 player of choice: IPod
Shell of choice: My 17 years old body...alas!
Favourite cartoon character: She-Ra, Rainbow Bright, X-Men
Reading some very interesting art-related topics from an artist here on, whom I've been watching for several years now, Jessica M. Parker... She brings up a lot of really good points, one of which made me take pause and really consider 'why' I create art....what drives me as an artist.

Like a lot of artists out there who create from their heart and soul, my first thought is not money. My first thought is my vision...I get an idea in my head and then I turn on my mental photoshop program in my mind, and start 'building' it. I literally imagine it in my mind so that I can truly see it. I try out different colors 'till I hit on one I like. I add or delete various shapes and/or design components 'till I hit on that perfect mixture of elements. And as time goes on, that design is subject to change at my whim. I may decide I want a different color, or to go with glitter vs gems, etc. Or peacock instead of pheasant feathers. When that happens, I pull up that mental program again and start redesigning that mask.

But that's the 'how'...not the 'why', which is what I want to talk about for a moment.

My reasons for creating art, sadly, are purely selfish. I get this idea in my head...sometimes it's a brilliant flash of inspiration, sometimes it's the full-out image slowly being drawn out. But it's not enough for me to just design and create this 'thing' in my head where only I can see it and where it's still a very malleable thing and always at the risk of being only half-remembered or utterly forgotten.
I need to actually create it out in the real world. It's literally a instinctual drive. I am driven to 'create'.
I want to create this awesome and beautiful thing that lives only in my mind's eye...I want to make it real so that I can see it for myself in the real world, so that I can hold it, and maybe even wear that I can show it off to other people and see the awe and delight in their faces and eyes as they hold and look and wear it.
I want to prove to myself that I can, indeed, create something beautiful and interesting. Something fun and glamorous. It's a challenge...I get to busy my mind with the challenge of designing something that I've never before seen. That, to my knowledge, no one else has ever before seen, either. It's an exercise for my mind and my hands and eyes.
But mainly, it's the drive. I see it in my mind and so I 'must' then create it and share it with you all.

And be honest, a lot of the masks and garlands and wings that I create are because I have a costume in mind that I want to wear it for. I create a lot of things for myself. I want to look pretty and I want my costume to look amazing -whatever it might be, so I create for myself what I think would help to accomplish that goal.

And further, I'm a poor artist. I'm a poor person. I can't afford to buy other artist's amazing work. So I make my own to fulfill whatever need I may have at that moment.

The first mask I ever made was out of a necessity. I was invited to a Yule Masquerade Ball. I was 17yrs old and didn't have any money to go out and buy a beautiful mask. So I made one for myself and one for a friend. And that's where it all began...
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: kitten's bell dinging as she cleans herself
  • Watching: my computer screen...
  • Playing: Nothing, I'm typing...only have two hands
  • Eating: nothing...
  • Drinking: nothing..

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Salice-Morente Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much for the fave! If you liked that, please feel free to check out my site for more!

You have some beautifully amazing makeup here, yourself! Keep up the good work!
stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love I need your help to expose "Insomnia" Insomnia by stellartcorsica in a New York galery please vote if you like it : it is my dream and what is life without dreams? Love
Thanks per advance Tight Hug
And thanks to those who already done it :tight hug:
Don’t hesitate to share it on  Facebook and you can vote everyday if you Love me a lot ^^ ;) (Wink) Love
yuffb Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the Fav! :iconsupertighthugplz:
kruru8547 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Thank you very much for the fave! 
Carancerth Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch !
Melonarium Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Thanks a lot! :aww:
MsRain Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for faving! :D
QuintessentialArts Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you for the fave!

I think you dropped me into Drawings instead of Jewelry by mistake :D
EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I fixed it.:)  I was faving lots of stuff and a couple were accidentally dropped into the wrong boxes. Figured I'd go fix them all at the same time later.:)

Thank you!:)
RoastedMoth Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you sooooo much for the fav and the watch! Hug  I'll take a closer look to your galery!
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