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The Art of Good Collaboration

The Art of Good Collaboration

Elisha-Rio Apilado

The third step is working as a team

Teamwork doesn’t mean one person does all the work — teamwork mean collaboration, compromise, and creativity. Collaborating on an artistic project is a big undertaking and to achieve a finished piece, your team should assign duties and roles and specify what each artist will do.

Sure, along the way, you’re going to find yourself in heated discussions and tempers may flare; we’re passionate artists after all. But remember, both sides must keep an open-mind for the project to work. Listen to what your partner(s) have to say and let them justify their reasons before jumping down their throats. Make it a point as a team to explain your ideas, rather than defend them.

Remember, the two (or three, or four) of you got together to create something artistically beautiful. You were attracted to each others different styles, creativity and thought processes. You decided to join forces and merge these different talents and skills to form a concoction you hope will enrich minds and leave your viewers in awe.

Good luck on your collaborative endeavors!

Featured Author: Elisha-Rio Apilado
Elisha-Rio Apilado is a Chicago based graphic designer/illustrator and studio artist whose paintings and drawings have been featured in various exhibitions. Elisha studied studio art in Dallas, TX and moved back to Chicago where she obtained a B.F.A. in Visual Communications at the IL Institute of Art. She is currently diving into the career world of design while taking on freelance gigs and volunteer work.

Her portfolio and blog of random art findings can be found at erioapilado.com. Join her Facebook page or follow her on twitter where her daily art adventures are posted.


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