Grading art (now with my two cents!)How do you determine what a "beginner" "intermediate" "advanced" and "master" artist is? Do you take into account only technical skill? How about the ideas behind it? What about the range of skill sets they have or how successful their career has been?
I want to see what your ideas of a "beginner" "intermediate" "advanced" and "master" artist/artwork is. Link me to an image or an artist that you think fits each one! I'll do the same myself after a few responses :>
Edit: This is a bit of a challenging question for a number of reasons, and I think you guys get it. It's hard to articulate our personal criteria as to what makes an artist good or bad--and it's even harder to present that criteria in a manner that sounds fair, objective, and void of personal biases, haha!
I don't believe art, especially illustration, is subjective as people like to say it is. I think everyone with a properly functioning brain can tell that your six year old cousin's attempt at depicting a giraffe will
What's with 'Studying from Life'!?This is the revisiting of a news article I wrote a few years back.What's with 'Studying from Life'!?5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Allow me to begin this article by mentioning that this was written with aspiring professionals in mind. For those of you who wish to pursue art as a hobby with no intention to make it a career choice, I have no doubts in your abilities as an artist, but art for you is a pleasure seeking thing. I would never wish to turn it into something even remotely reminiscent of 'stressful work'--as a hobby should never come to that. So for you hobbyists, feel free to take this article in, but by no means feel obliged to apply the information if you do not find enjoyment in doing so.
As for you aspiring pros, this is an inevitable and unavoidable step you must take in pursuit of your career. This is your job--and if you don't like it, you're probably pursuing the wrong career!
But I digress.
I, like many of you--strive to be a professional in the field of art. In particular, I am an illustrator. I've been fortunate enough to
The thing about seeking critiqueA cross post from my Tumblr:The thing about seeking critique4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I always get super nervous when people present artwork to me, requesting critique. I tend to shy away from nitpicking aspects of a specific image in favor for offering broad stroke suggestions that could apply the artists' entire body of work as a whole. There are plenty of people who are much more qualified for nitpicking, and are more happy and comfortable to do so. I am not one of those people.
But there is a reason for this.
I come from the school of thought that believes the more work you produce, the better you'll get, faster. You can spend a month painting one image, trying to get it as close to perfect as you canor you can spend that month painting several images, applying what you learned from the last image to the next. By the end of that month, it doesn't matter which route you take, you'll never end up with a perfect image. However, should you take the second approach, you will find yourself with a larger body of work to show f