|Drawing by Ava. Used with permission.|
No, I'm not depressed. I'm trying to cultivate my inner tortured artist.
You can too! Here are 5 easy steps to becoming that famous depiction of the mad genius.
1. Doubt yourself.
If you like what you create, you can't be a tortured artist. You must always, always doubt your work, never ever be satisfied with it, and go into fits when anyone praises your work.
2. Learn to play the violin.
Come on, we all know this one. Sherlock Holmes.
And besides, can you think of an instrument that is more dramatic than a violin? You can also substitute an organ or an out-of-tune piano if you have to. Just make sure to rock back and forth violently when you play it.
3. Make friends with some strange animal - rats are excellent, birds are okay (especially if they're crows or ravens).
The best way to reinforce the idea that you are not of this world, and don't understand ordinary human beings is to make friends with normally spurned creatures.
(This will also give you extra pity points.)
4. Develop a signature messy hair style.
Tortured artists have no time to take care of their hair! They're plagued by visions and dreams and ideas that must be put down on paper or canvas or sheet music! All the same, make sure to choose your trademark messy hair carefully. Einstein looks like he put his finger in a light socket. Make sure yours is as fitting.
5. Die young.
Because only the good do...
|Also by Ava. Used with permission.|
Follow these five steps carefully, and you're well on your way to becoming the mad genius of legend.
Are you a tortured artist? Do you have any tips to add to the list?
Let me know by commenting!