Chuck Close was an American artist with an unusual way of portraying the human face!
More importantly, he was also the inspiration to many people within and beyond his field, on account of this thought provoking quote:
“The advice I’d like to give to young artists, or anybody really who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration.
Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you.
If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.
Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You may feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”