Thursday, January 12, 2017

"I suck."

-By Scott M. Fischer


First off it is an honor to be a regular contributor to Muddy Colors for 2017. Thank you for having me.  If you had told the artist that I was back in 1990, (freshman year of Art School), that a place like Muddy Colors would exist- A place where you could get this level of knowledge and inspiration from some of the greatest artists working- on a DAILY basis, I would have thought, "Yeah maybe in the afterlife. But Van Gogh and I will tip a glass of wine to all you suckers still on the earthly plane trying to sling a brush."

Beyond that, if you had told 1990 Scott that he would be here, not just as a visitor, but actually contributing to a place like Muddy Colors, he would have thought you were the Devil, with a little piece of paper for him to sign in blood (and I would have signed it). Because 1990 Scott sucked. (And was Metal!)

Shall we take a look at his 4 years (1990-1994) at Savannah College of Art and Design?



Especially pay attention to year one and two. (top) I wasn't the only one who thought I was sub-par. If you asked my freshman art school pals down in Savannah GA, if they thought I'd be here today, writing this, they probably would have said, "Scott? Um, no. I mean he has a lot of grit, but doesn't have the chops to go all the way." And they were right, I didn't have the 'chops', and many of them did.

But few of them are still around today, over 25 years later.

Because the most important thing in the 'made-up' reply above, isn't the word 'chops'. It is the word 'grit'. I simply would not f'n give up.

And the power of grit shows in retrospect. Though none of them are great, there is an improvement from year one to year four. And by senior year, I got a little plaque from SCAD saying I was the 'Best Painter of the Year' (Which I think had more to do with my ideas than my 'chops'.) How? Simple. No social life. No parties. Total focus. I studied Bridgeman. I studied Hogarth. I studied Rembrant. I cussed at my paintings. I threw brushes at them. I fought for every new revelation. The bottom line is I worked my ass off. Literally, I have no ass. Just a flat plane back there from back to thigh. (Bridgman would have hated drawing me.)

To sum it up, you have to put the work in. You all know this. It takes YEARS. But as Kevin Smith says, I'd rather be a 'will-over-skill' player than the reverse. Don't f'n stop. Butt in chair. Draw.

So, to 1990 Scott, I'd say, " Dude we still have a ways to go. We never stop. But it feels pretty amazing to be among this group of artists. I hope we do Muddy proud. (And we are still f'n Metal!)" Then I'd throw up the devil horn salute. 










(Note: The first image is a collaborative portrait between photographer Allan Amato and myself for Temple of Art.)

33 comments:

  1. You may be the living master of merging graphic design n imaginative realism

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    1. Dude Carl, you rule for saying that. I am gonna put that comment in my pocket and take it with me.

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  2. This is great. Thanks for the humor, inspiration, and most importantly, hope.

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  3. So happy to have you on board, Scott.

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  4. Great article. Great artist. Great guy. Way to go, Scott.

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  5. I'm so happy that you joined Muddy Colors, it will be great to read your articles here!
    I love your work and I really hope I'll be able to follow your lessons.
    This first post is so important and give me the right energy at the beginning of the year, perfect timing!! Thank you! Now I'm going back to paint!

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    1. Hell yeah Francesca. Bend this year to your will, one step at a time.

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  6. Cool post man. Happy your part of the collective and really looking forward to your articles.

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  7. Yay! Great first post, and so glad you'll be contributing here so that I can still get your insights even though the SAS semester is over. Excited to see what's in store...

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    1. Miss you already Hilary, but I am following you, so NO SLACKING!

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  8. Wonderful post! I took a lot of inspiration from it and the evolution of your awesome work.

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  9. Great post, thank you so much for the inspiration, and sharing your early work with us here. I'm looking forward to read more from you!! (...uhm...one question to first-year art school Scott: Is that meant to be Dave Mustaine??)

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    1. LOL that is the funny thing and a testament to how bad I was. That is actually my girlfriend from 1990, and she was quite pretty, yet I made her look like the singer for Megadeath! (And you are not the first one to tell me it looks like Dave!)

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  10. You have cetainly come a long way Scott. Great article. Thanks for sharing your before and after works. Love your Buffy, Angel, Faith stuff!

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  11. You have cetainly come a long way Scott. Great article. Thanks for sharing your before and after works. Love your Buffy, Angel, Faith stuff!

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  12. Thanks for these words. Great progression
    Paintings you have posted look great too.

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  13. Great read. I remember an art director using the term "chops" to describe my skill level. I've always believed in having grit. That is what makes an artist great.

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  14. Discipline and perseverance are things I am still learning, but I'm hoping they will become a habit like everything else.:)

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  15. Chops or grit. Or both? My butt is in my chair. Someday. Thanks for the look into your deep, dark past. :)

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  16. Amen! I'm assuming you're familiar with the work of Angela Duckworth! It should be the introductory class to every student everywhere - grit is the biggest determinant of sustained success - it out weighs talent, class, wealth everything - more people need to hear it - great post.

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  18. Grit. You made me feel good today Scott. I haven't given up yet either. Thanks for sharing your experiences and welcome to the board. 🎨

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  19. Don't f'n stop. Butt in chair. Draw. ~ Thank you Scott!

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  21. Junia has Grit she keeps getting her posts deleted and she comes right back week after week after week :)

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  22. I follow your Instagram, so I'm happy to see you here on Muddy Colors, Scott! Grit... definitely the year to cultivate the "never give up, never surrender" attitude... going to plant my butt in my chair and work, work, work!

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  24. Great essay, Scott. It's a welcome reminder of what I believed in, and what kept me going through school and into my career. I think I was so faithful to this idea in college that I didn't notice or didn't care that many of my classmates didn't have the same faith in me. Of course, they didn't tell me this until years later when they saw that I had earned a degree of success. Blinders to negativity and focused persistence go a long way.

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