Are there any artists on WSO?

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I'm genuinely curious about how many ex-artists finance folks are on here, but are there any artists on WSO? When I say artists, I mean people who have went beyond making cute little doodles on the side of their high school notes.

Are there any painters, illustrators, comic artists here? Ceramicists, sculptors? Fashion designers?
What medium do you work in? How long have you practiced your craft?

I'd love to get to know some of you outside of finance.

EDIT: Sorry I probably came off leaning towards visual arts, but I meant any form of art -- music and performing arts also counts for this topic (I'm just not as familiar with them so they didn't pop up in my mind immediately).

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Jul 8, 2017

I would argue that some of the troll accounts on WSO are works of performance art. Would you agree?

(Sorry I don't have an actual substantive response, but I do think this is an interesting question.)

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Jul 8, 2017

Eh,... I've seen better performers out there

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Jul 11, 2017

ART is BULLSHIT.

Jul 11, 2017

BULLSHIT is ART?

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Jul 11, 2017
idaho:

I would argue that some of the troll accounts on WSO are works of performance art. Would you agree?

Years ago, there used to be a user on WSO named BLASTOISE who was the king of all trolls, and the dude was hilarious. If memory serves correctly, there even used to be a trolling award. Seems like as the forum has grown, there's less of that kind of thing :/

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Jul 11, 2017

Look who's back yo. Welcome back. Haven't seen you around in a while.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

Jul 11, 2017

Hahahaha

Jul 8, 2017

Eh, I wouldn't say "artist" but I got some bags designed, flew out to China and got them manufactured for my business. Also been doing video making and editing for around 7 years via FCPX, graphic design for years, etc. Going into finance if my business doesn't work out.

Jul 8, 2017

How well did your bags end up selling?
And what kind of videos do you make? Animations? or little short films? I am super unfamiliar with video editing.

Jul 10, 2017

Not a visual artist, but I entered undergrad as a music performance major. Mostly because I was good at it, not necessarily because I wanted a career in it. I switched majors to economics halfway through my sophomore year because the school allowed me to keep my music scholarship as long as I continue to play for the music department's ensembles. I'm now at a REPE firm versus my music classmates who are almost all going to grad school for the same thing or settling for any job in the industry, so I'd say I made the right choice.

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Jul 8, 2017

The music industry seems like a scary place to be, tbh. Of what little I've looked into it, the industry totally looks like an eat or be eaten world except with real stakes at hand (productive years and income).

Jul 10, 2017

I remember one of my private instructors telling me this during one of my first lessons: "Every minute you're not in the practice room, someone else is, and they will be at the same audition."

I know she meant well, but seriously fuck her.

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Jul 10, 2017

Microsoft powerpoint artist right here

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Jul 8, 2017

does your wordart follow the rule of thirds?

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Jul 16, 2017
leifson:

Microsoft powerpoint artist right here

I'm an Excel artist. My conditional formatting lights up the room.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 16, 2017

I do large scale abstract oil on canvas. Yes, I have sold pieces.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 16, 2017

Also, my left and right brain are both strong which is rare (~2%), which gives me a numbers/math side as well as a creative side.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 10, 2017

If music counts, sure

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Jul 8, 2017

Music does count, I'm just not as familiar with music so I didn't mention it haha. I'm not sure why you got MS for that.

Jul 10, 2017

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Jul 10, 2017

Not on WSO, but Scott Adams left finance to create Dilbert.

Jul 10, 2017

I'm an actor, does that count?

Jul 8, 2017

Yeah definitely! I just edited the post to make an aside that I meant all forms of art. I'm not familiar with the arts outside of visual arts though so it didn't naturally pop in my mind when I made the topic, lol. Very sorry about that.

What kind of shows did you perform in?

Jul 10, 2017
Appley:

Yeah definitely! I just edited the most to make an aside that I meant all forms of art. I'm not familiar with the arts outside of visual arts though so it didn't naturally pop in my mind when I made the topic, lol. Very sorry about that.

What kind of shows did you perform in?

Second City stuff, commercials, minor roles in tv shows...

Jul 10, 2017

I studied classical piano for 12 years, and still play, fwtw. I don't compose though.

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Jul 10, 2017

not an artist or anything equivalent, but I used to play a traditional Chinese instrument (erhu, like a violin put vertically...), then saxophone for 5 years. Stopped playing saxophone because of unstoppable reasons. Just started learning classical guitar for less than a year. Really want to learn piano and cello if I have the chance.

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Jul 10, 2017

I am huge into music as a hobby. I play a variety of instruments from anywhere from 20+ years to just a couple. I would never try to make a career out of it though. Not enough talent or luck to make it.

The thing I like about music is that it always keeps you humble. As good as you think you are getting, you listen to a true expert and you realize how much you have to learn. Not kidding when I say that learning a new instrument is one of the best activities to help you realize your shortcomings. It's pretty concrete.

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Jul 11, 2017

Chet Atkins on guitar never fails to make me envious.

Jul 19, 2017

I heard you are brilliant on the skin flute. Is that true @DickFuld ?

Jul 19, 2017

You can't tell from my posts that I am a brilliant wordsmith?

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Jul 11, 2017

I like to paint homo things.

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Jul 11, 2017

Ecce Homo??

http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/facebook/000/011/187/Naamloos-1.jpg

If yes -- yuge fan of your work!

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Jul 11, 2017

I have been playing guitar for about 20 years. Played just about everything except for country - I enjoy country, but it just never captivated me as a player. In high school I played with a couple bands - mainly/jam band blues. At the time nu metal was the only hard music anyone wanted to play and I hated it. During the army I would jam with a couple guys that played. However, I would mainly do fingerstyle trying to become the next Leo Kottke (easier said than done). After the army I started lessons again with the intent of majoring in music theory and guitar performance. However, talking to a friend that was a trader had re sparked an interest in finance. During college, I ended up getting a thrash/prog metal band going with a childhood friend. We were really good at writing with each other and had a descent knowledge of theory. Also, we were very good at pushing eachothers limits in terms of skill and idea production. Things were going well, small shows and getting ready to cut a demo with a producer who was going to record us pro bono. As traction was starting to build I ended up getting booted after a minor incident while we were warming up (it was literally nothing). They hired another guitar player and I don't think they played another show. A couple months passed and I was invited back in to play continuous lead and do some synth work, but declined. The band fell apart a couple months later. I am still friends with the guy that booted me (he apologized after realizing it was an over reaction and a mistake) and a couple other members. We would jam from time to time, however, we all had careers going at that point. Now I have a bunch of guitars and only really play two of them about every couple of months. I basically make sure my hands haven't gone full retard and put them away.

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Jul 11, 2017

Used to draw fairly well in school, was even better with clay. Attended local art school, some stuff even went to competitions. Wanted to become an architect, failed miserably with the entry exams, 10 people were competing per each spot at that program. After that applied for Econ udergrad, and here I'm trading CIS bonds for Boris and Anton, which is not that bad? Right? Eh? F**k my life.

You killed the Greece spread goes up, spread goes down, from Wall Street they all play like a freak, Goldman Sachs 'o beat.

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Jul 11, 2017

Dropping my Christmas album Jingle These Bells, outside a store near you...

Jul 11, 2017

I used to paint nude (oil painting) and did a few art shows; while working, I did commercial fashion photography for some New York-based clothing lines.

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Jul 11, 2017

I draw, paint, and play 2 instruments. Never was a pro though. Guy I work with is an ex actor who didn't make it big and called in the risk and got a career before it was too late, but still does some off-off-Broadway stuff.

Art predates pretty much any other human skill we know of short of maybe making fire or bashing something with a rock...seems a bit autistic when someone doesn't have any level of development there. You don't have to be the next Picasso to pick up a guitar or paint brush. Classes from youtube will help most people get basic skills.

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Jul 11, 2017

I used to play piano for a while and was quite good at it until I had to stop lessons because at the time my parents couldn't afford it. So I had stopped playing for a period of 5 years and then started to self-teach myself as I renewed my interest. In terms of making art, I am utter shit. I do have an appreciation for the arts though and it is a legitimate talent and isn't easy to make complex forms of art. Boy do I wish I had an innate talent for being good at art.

Jul 13, 2017
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Welcome to the jungle.

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Jul 30, 2017
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"I'm into, uh, well, murders and executions, mostly."

Jul 30, 2017
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"I'm into, uh, well, murders and executions, mostly."