Psychedelic Art – What is it?
Several years ago I did not know anything about psychedelic art. So when I first met it I could not really define it. But I totally fell in love with what others called psychedelic art. First it was a hobby but now I’m trying to make it my full-time job. Still the question is out there: What is psychedelic art? Sure it’s very close both to surreal and abstract art. Speaking of shapes maybe it is somewhere in the middle. But art is not only about the resulting image. What does an artist feel while doing art, how does he or she form the shapes – these are the key questions to defining the type of art. Being an artist myself I’d try to explain my personal approach to psychedelic art.
First of all is the mindset. When it comes to art I set myself to create something beautiful and hypnotic. Usually I don’t do sketches the same day I start the artwork. This helps me to focus on execution and not to doubt about the concept. Anyway the goal is always the same: by the time I finish an artwork there should be someone out there in the world who will spend some time looking through my image inside himself.
State of mind
Second is the state of mind I put myself in. I’m very relaxed while doing psychedelic art. This can be compared to some sort of trance. Psychedelic trance music helps to fall into it. This is a dance of fingers, consciousness and eyes. At some point there is no artist, no music, no canvas and no tools – only an image that changes its shape. Sure I can fall into this trance without the music just watching my breath.
The other thing that comes to mind while speaking of the psychedelic artistic process is the overwhelming feeling of freedom. Since this type of art is not too realistic there are not many things you should stick to. You can try any type of shapes and composition and no one can say you are wrong. Even if someone does I don’t care to much.
Do what you feel to do
Finally the most important thing about psychedelic art is improvisation. Even if you have a plan you can always make the image completely different. Or you can start without any plan at all. This gives you the most freedom and this is what psychedelic art is about: parts of the irrepressible flow of consciousness placed on any medium.
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