Frank Frazetta on Design, Creativity, and What It Means to Be an Artist

I stumbled across an old video you might find interesting. It’s an interview with Frank Frazetta, one of the all-time greats of illustration and fantasy art. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of these genres or even Frazetta’s work in general, but there’s always something to learn from those who have achieved mastery. Frazetta was also a mentor of Jeff Watts, who I take drawing instruction from at his atelier.

Anyway, ​you can watch the video here​:

Advice from a Master: Frank Frazetta

My favorite part is at the end of the video where he describes his thoughts on creativity and what it means to be an artist:

“Originality, creativity, that’s it. Look it up in a dictionary, the definition of an artist is a creative person who is totally honest and original. Bingo. If you want to appear to be an artist, you want to convince me that you’re an artist, I don’t care how detailed it is, I don’t care whether it’s less than perfect. If it’s original, it comes from the heart, and makes a statement that appeals to people like me emotionally, I just love you to death. That’s my recommendation.”

Enjoy the video! If you want to learn more, start with my ​Painting Academy​ course.

Dan Scott

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Dan Scott is the founder of Draw Paint Academy. He's a self-taught artist from Australia with a particular interest in landscape painting. Draw Paint Academy is run by Dan and his wife, Chontele, with the aim of helping you get the most out of the art life. You can read more on the About page.