The "Why" A personal perspective from Rebecca Guay
The motivation behind creating SmArt School grew out of 20 years working as an artist/illustrator and people asking me again and again how i did this thing. After spending years developing and growing the IMC ,starting in 2008 and now in its 11th year( artimc.org) and initiating my own individual online mentorship in 2011, I felt that the time has come to open up these experiences to a wider audience.
SmArt School is grounded in the principal of teaching I deeply believe in – that of bringing passionate, highly capable working professionals (artists, editors, art directors, agents and gallery owners) into the classroom to share their knowledge in an intimate environment where one on one dialogue is not only possible, but the norm. In addition to the regular assignments the students undertake during our rigorous weekly class online, we welcome amazing guests that help our students make their first warm contact with the people who can further their careers.
I believe that the world of art/illustration is a "big tent" and there is room for inspired, hard working creators to succeed together. Sometimes we loose focus and are unable to find the path toward the kind of work we want and how to get there. SmArt School will help you train your eye to you own work, and start helping you understand how to do the kind of work people fall in love with.
We aim to teach people to reach far past where they thought they could go, to reach for the most beautiful form, subtle gesture, strong composition and full complex emotion.
In my experience no one "falls in love" with "good" art. They FALL IN LOVE with REMARKABLE work. We must reach deep and provide something outstanding, not simply "good enough". Tapping into what makes people attach to, and "fall in love" with ones work . This is what makes people seek out your art, gives you a career. Some of my wonderful students have given me quotes that i have used on this web site. I encourage you to read them. It will help give a true perspective one what it really means to be mentored by a professional artist.
There is nothing more wonderful than working as an artist. I can honestly say, i feel the joy of it every day.
Is it always an easy road? Certainly not, but what, in the world that is truly worth while, is easy? That does not mean the path is not exciting and full of great inspiration along the way!