The Beginning of Art
Logan started coming to Artists First around the age of 10. He’s one of the few artists who has seen Artists First evolve into what it is today. Art has always been Logan’s favorite form of communication. As far as he knows, he’s always been an artist, creating things for as long as he can remember. Art was especially important when he was younger and speaking was more difficult. Since, spelling and language processing can also be a challenge, the visual arts serves as a true place of freedom for expression. During school he learned to draw because it helped him focus during class and develop better coordination.
Logan's most recent project is a new piece for a national art contest that brings people of disabilities together.
Logan is an avid arts learner. “When I’m not doing art I’m usually studying art, by watching other artists do their art on youtube, different pencils, marker styles, learning about materials.” He doesn’t follow any certain style and is instead always looking to try new techniques. He absorbs new styles and techniques quickly.
Logan describes his drawings as a mix of art styles. Other people often describe his work as anime, cartoon, or comic style. He’s focuses most of work on drawing, but is open to trying new things especially when he’s in a class or doing a special project.
In school, Logan’s taken several types of art classes. In class, he’s explored many mediums outside his comfort zone of drawing. By the looks of it ( see dragon above), it appears to be quite a success. The dragon sculpture he made is by far one of the largest and most intricate creations out of his whole class. When I asked him how he came up for the idea of his sculpture, he explained that he just worked session by session with no plan other than making a dragon. Over time, the sculpture evolved purely from his imagination.
Logan’s most recent project is a new piece for a national art contest that brings people of disabilities together.
“Whatever pops into my mind I do.” Logan doesn’t draw in a series unless it happens naturally. Because he’s always learning new things, he tends not to go through art phases. If anything, he cycles between using new types of materials and drawing techniques. Logan finds his inspiration from looking at other pieces of art and seeing if he can do learn to something similar.
“ I have to be in the right mood to create.” Still, Logan draws almost everyday. His whole creation process is fluid. He completely trusts that as he adds to a work in progress, that his next idea will naturally evolve from the first one. “I will add stuff to it and go back and forth between creating something and then getting inspiration off of what I’d done. ” Sometimes his drawings take several months, but that’s only if long breaks are needed, as he waits for stuff to “pop up.”
In the future Logan plans to continue to learn more about art, especially new mediums like painting. Although drawing is mostly something he does for fun, he’s very committed to continue his development as an artist. He believes he will always be an artist. He’s wondered a lot about a career in art, but isn’t really sure how to make it happen. As a child he always wanted to grow up to be an artist and wherever he went, carried a notebook with him in case inspiration came at any time. Still to this day he always has a notebook and when he gets an idea does a small sketch to remember for another time.