Below you'll find some questions that people have already asked - if you have any questions of your own let me know and I'll reply as soon as I can :D
Although I've always been interested in drawing and creativity I never had any aspirations of becoming an artist when I was younger. When I grew up it just happened quite naturally and spontaneously.
At university I studied Mechanical Engineering for a year, and then Economics and Philosophy. This gave me all the training I needed to convert abstract ideas into practical and to an extent "functional" pieces of art.
One thing you can do though is focus on any one point in the picture and then let your eye naturally move to another point in the picture. It might move to an adjacent point, or it may jump somewhere else, or it may move round in circles, but just let it go wherever it wants to go and see what happens :D
Try it on the piece below to see if you can get what I mean:
I feel inspired by life and the world around me and I then channel and translate that into my work.
I also feel like all my creations exist somewhere in their own right (in another dimension perhaps) and I just help give birth to them by bringing them into form.
There seems to be a profound understanding and expression of the laws and beauty of nature in their work which I enjoy.
I also like the scale, passion, and movement of Michelangelo's work, and I like Leonardo's expression of scientific knowledge through his painting and notebooks.
My only claim to fame at the moment is that John Madejski, the chairman of Reading FC, almost came to an exhibition I was featured in once (but he couldn't make it because he'd injured his leg...)
That being said I do also enjoy creating pieces that are especially for someone else that they can really enjoy.
That's what I did and it worked for me, so hopefully it will work for you too :D
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by Michael Carlton
Find out my interpretation of a
selection of my pieces...