Ryan McGuinness Panel Discussion

So I attended Ryan McGuinness’s discussion about his creative process. And what an enlightening experience it was – not in the way I expected but enlightening none the less. I went in thinking I was going to learn about his process in a way that I could apply it to my own – more like a “these are the steps I take” kind of thing. What I found most interesting about Ryan’s process was his need to exercise such precise control. Such orderliness is not really something I associate with artists. I see more of a paint on your clothes, papers scattered everywhere kind of vision. It was astonishing to discover that all Ryan’s sketch books are exactly the same size and organized in the exact same way. He works with canvases of few sizes and they are always the same. Lunch is at 1:00 pm every day. It is so interesting to see the battle of the creative mind and the organized one. Even his Instagram is uniform in the style of posts he makes.

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I guess it makes sense in a way when you really think about it – works of genius often come from minds that are far from ordinary.


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