What Makes an Artist?

Make a MarkHave you ever asked yourself "Am I a real artist?"  I will answer this question with something that a friend of mine told me many years ago.

Here's a bit of back story.  I was working at a hardware store and would draw on every break and lunch hour.  One day I was at lunch drawing and a friend of mine came into the break room.

My friend:  "So, you're an artist."

Me: "Well that's what I want to be."

My friend: "You either are an artist or you are not.  So, you're an artist."

Me: "Yes, I am an artist."

From that moment on, I have considered myself an artist.  I know that I am not as good as some, but I am the best artist I can be at this time. 

Now let me ask you the same question; Are you an artist?  It's okay if you say no.  Heck, I did all those years ago.  Now my 7.3 readers, comes the secret.  Simply say I am an artist.  If you say it, you will come to believe it, then you will have the confidence to look at a blank piece of paper and see the image that is waiting to come out.  The need to release that image which starts within you is what makes you an artist.  It isn't skill or style, but desire.

That is what makes an artist.

Now go and make a mark.


Making my Mark Part IV

Making my Mark Part IV

The Portfolio

You can see samples of my professional work as a graphic designer by clicking on the Portfolio link in the top menu, or by simply clicking here.

The Artguy

Rick the ArtguyHi, I'm Ricky Lewison, and I have been drawing for nearly all of my life and for over 20 years I have worked in print and web industries while continuing to hone my skills as a fine artist.

All the Work

Want to see everything that is going on in my brain?  Well then use the Gallery link on the top menu or click here.  This section will continue to grow as I make more images and more importantly, get them scanned in.


New images have been uploaded into the Artist's Tale and the Pen and Ink gallery in the Portfolio section.  Have a look!


New Photos

Greetings to the 7.3!

After much time and procrastination by yours truly, I have uploaded new photos into a new section of the gallery.  The new section is called Yosemite and you can guess where I took the images.  So head on over and have a look, you won't be disappointed.


Art Affiliates

Now you can have the same Port-O-Studio that the Artguy uses! All items are available at Blick.