Visual artist

To succeed as a modern photographer, don’t think of yourself as a photographer. Instead, think of yourself as a “VISUAL ARTIST”.

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Why “visual artist”?

The term “photographer” is too restrictive.

A photographer only takes photographs.

A “visual artist” makes any sort of visual art. This can include:

  • Paintings
  • Abstract drawings
  • Sculpture
  • Photographs
  • Digital or print art

Visual”: We are visual creators and makers. We are fascinated by the visual world, and we strive to make visual images that inspire, uplift, and excite our viewer.

Artist”: Yes, you are an artist. If you make stuff, you’re an artist.

The original word ‘poet’ (poets being the original artists) simply meant “maker”.

Therefore, a maker is an artist.

If you make … anything… you’re an artist.

And photographers are artists (photographers make photographs).

A visual artist makes visual art.

Visual art:pictures, photographs, or images that excite us.


Experiment with all forms of visual art

Don’t be stuck in the photography ghetto. Pick up a copy of ETERNAL RETURN TO CREATIVE EVERY DAY BOOK to learn how to sketch, draw, and build artistic confidence in yourself.

Personally, I’ve been experimenting a lot with digital illustration — using iPad and Procreate app.

Abstract by ERIC KIM
Abstract by ERIC KIM
Abstract by ERIC KIM
Abstract by ERIC KIM
Abstract by ERIC KIM
Abstract by ERIC KIM

The exciting thing about experimenting with other forms of visual art: I’ve been improving my photography (my primary form of visual art).

Cindy with red scarf. Berlin, 2017 #cindyproject
Cindy with red scarf. Berlin, 2017 #cindyproject
Silhouette and purple background. Berlin, 2017
Cindy Silhouette and purple background. Berlin, 2017

Selfie in purple window. Berlin, 2017
Selfie in purple window. Berlin, 2017

Piet Mondrian and ANNETTE KIM. Berlin, 2017
Piet Mondrian and ANNETTE KIM. Berlin, 2017

Van Gogh video installation. Berlin, 2017
Van Gogh video installation. Berlin, 2017


Visual artist exercises

Piet Mondrian x Eric Kim
PIET MONDRIAN x ERIC KIM

To improve your visual acuity as a visual artist and photographer, take your favorite pictures, and deconstruct them. Sketch them, draw them, either digitally or on a piece of paper.

Deconstructed Tokyo silhouette picture.
Deconstructed Tokyo silhouette picture.

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YOU ARE A VISUAL ARTIST // MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER
YOU ARE A VISUAL ARTIST // MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER

The benefit of being a modern photographer / visual artist:

You increase your extrinsic value.

Extrinsic value: what society, and the art world, and market thinks of you.

A photographer cannot sell their photos for much. But a “fine art” photographer can sell their photos for more money.

Even better — a “visual artist” will be able to sell their works for more money than “fine art photographer”.

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Train your visual acuity

To train your “visual acuity” (your ability to analyze and deconstruct visual art)— study great visual artists from history. Personally, I love Piet Mondrian, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso the most.

Piet Mondrian studies
PIET MONDRIAN x ERIC KIM
Abstract by ERIC KIM
Abstract by ERIC KIM
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM SKETCH
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM SKETCH
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM TRACE
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM TRACE. Made with iPad Pro and Procreate app
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM SKETCH
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM SKETCH
PICASSO x ERIC KIM
PICASSO x ERIC KIM
PICASSO x ERIC KIM
PICASSO x ERIC KIM
Picasso x KIM
PICASSO X KIM
PICASSO X ERIC KIM
PICASSO X ERIC KIM
PICASSO X ERIC KIM
PICASSO SEATED WOMAN REMIX by ERIC KIM
PICASSO REMIX by ERICKIM
WEEPING WOMAN ERIC KIM PICASSO REMIX

Great artists steal

Picasso in his studio.

“Good artists copy, Great artists steal.” – Picasso

Apple/Steve Jobs stealing from Picasso

There is no shame of stealing inspiration from others.

So friend, as a visual artist — steal liberally.

But don’t just copy, take the inspiration you’ve got from the past, and ADD to it!

Steal from the past, but make your art even better, and more dope.

Make Visual art!

Picasso x Kim

So friend, go forth, and make beautiful pictures and visual art that brings you joy. Don’t care what others think of you and your work.

BE BOLD,
ERIC

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