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We all have our favorite artists who we admire, and often it's more than their skill set or the way they turn their mind's eye visions into reality that's hooked us on their work.
I've been a big fan of Monica Royal's work since doing a short podcast with her three years ago. She's a regular contributor and has shared several images here on the SCU blog, including her episode of "Why?" featuring one of her favorites in 2016. But, we had never met in person until the recent WPPI show, where we had a chance to talk about something different I wanted to try with one of her images.
Where the "Why?" series shares stories about artists and their favorite images, my idea was to share an image and talk about the how-to technique involved and why the image was created. As always with Monica - she over-delivers and exceeds expectations.
Today's post is a great reminder that life isn't always smooth sailing, and how the creative process can became a tool to move from a challenging even ugly place in life to one of hope. Monica couldn't have been more open and honest in the process she went through to create the image above, "Almost."
I love sound bites with images and blog posts in general. If Monica had just written her story, it would have been flat, but talking "live" about the process of how creativity transported her to a more positive mindset sets a standard for insight, her love for imaging and the creative process.
To see more of Monica's work, just click on her image to visit her website.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.