Just a note the first part is not written by me but by Gashu-Monsata
The second part of this is written by me when I say “my rebuttal”
This news article was pointed out to me and I thought she brought up some great points, Kodus to ^Gashu-Monsata gashu-monsata.deviantart.com/
Something clicked in my head this week, and I thought I should share it with you guys (no, I didn't break my neck or anything like that XD).
Have you ever looked at your art, and thought to yourself; "This just isn't me?".
Have you ever looked at other people's work, and instantly seen such character, life and soul that just draws you in and want to get to know the artist more?
I've been feeling this for the past few months. Heck, I've never actually been really "happy" with my art to be honest. I just... did what I did and that's it. To me, my art has none of that character and life that I feel is really vital for an inspiring and pleasing peice of art. The way you feel when you draw channels through your work and the viewers can pick it up.
Being on a Foundation Art course with fantastic teachers has really opened my eyes to true "art". Our teachers are near experts at what they do, and this week, we had a drawing session. First, I found out that all my life, I had been drawing wrong
The right (or easiest) way to hold a page when you draw is up semi-straight (like on a easel for instance). This allows you to draw from your arm and not your wrist, hence alot more freedom and expression in your art.
I also found out that drawing fewer details can the picture more interesting Sounds weird, huh? Well, put it this way. When I do digital painting normally, try to overload the painting with every single detail, and it never ends up looking good. Hmmm.... let me show you an example.
Which of these images has more character? Which of these images tell you more about the artist?fav.me/dla11u
Sure, the photo realistic drawing is amazing and whatnot, but that's pretty much all it is. A photorealistic drawing. What's the point of reacreating something exaclty as it is? You may as well just take the photo XD
The second image may look simple, but which of these pictures would you actually be more likely to remember? Not for the image, but for the style?
This gave me so much hope. That you don't have to be an amazing artist to make your work unique. Of course, there is a line that defines a good drawing from a plain bad drawing, but when you draw an image, you'll know in your heart whether it's good or bad.
And when you finish your drawing... carry it on! Don't just draw a person standing there... add something else! You haven't finished a drawing until you've done all you possibly can (and I don't mean fill the whole page, haha XD).
For me, I'd rather look at a drawing that was perhaps drawn with the hand that you don't usually draw with because when you do that, your concentration levels intensify and you focus more on the lines you place that you would if you just drew with the habd youre used to.
Also... try drawing and not using a rubber! Rubbers make you lazy, without one, you have to think more about the lines that you place. Or just simply draw with a pen
This is just something for everyone to think about. Good art doesn't mean drawn to perfection.
In my eye, good art is art that asks questions, but doesn't neccessarily give you the answers.
Also, good art is drawn for a reason. Maybe you just drew it because you like to do it, or maybe you want to bring attention to an issue. But when someone asks you "Why did you draw this", you should be able to answer without hesitation
So, go for it! Do something unique and different that you haven't tried before! Bring some character into your art (if you haven't already :derp: XD). And even if you have your own set style, still try something different, you may like it
If you do, be sure to show me, I'd love to see people breaking out of their comfort zones and testing new waters.
So, if you want to take this up, my first challenge is:
DRAW A PICTURE WITH YOUR OTHER HAND USING A CONTINUOUS LINE.
I've done it, but it's in college, haaha XD I'll have to upload it when I can get hold of it. No prizes here, I just want to see which one's strike as the most unique and intersting ^^ Also, when you link the image to me, write in the artists comment on the deviation WHY you drew it. Not just because I told you to, haha XD I mean, what made you draw that particular piece?
Bravo for pointing this out, this is what I tell my students and believe it or not this technique was part of my journey as well. I suppose where we differ is what you think my intent is and that like all art forms there are many ways to express ones self. Its not the ism thats bad but the artist practicing it.
In a foundation class the instructors will brake you down and build you up, the idea that the more real something is rendered the better is for noobs and students need to see things in a different light. Yet also in a foundation class you need to teach observational skills from the live model this cannot be overstated, even if your heart is one of pure abstraction. Isms will come, isms will go but learn to see inward and outward.
I guess let take the image of Frank, that I drew, this was a commission how far would the Picasso-ish image have gotten me, not too far. I dont do commissions much and this was one of the few, the model knew my artistic language and that that language is about naturalism, not cubism, abstraction or primitivism. My work deals with more then whats in this drawing, which is pure representation and it does not delve into symbolism as most of my work does, so in fairness to me please look at my other work and if it sill boring, thats ok as well.
If copying without change, construction and re-invention, be it form a photograph or from life, then the creative process is not addressed, in this case I agree there is a useless element about it, it becomes a fundamental exercise at best. There is nothing wrong with these exercises if it improves your knowledge and skills as a technician. But if your aim is only to draw like a photo, Im afraid you will never attain what art has to offer. Also I think too many photo-realists rely on technical eye candy alone, with no imagination, in some sense just a limited skill in observation and a stunted creative process. Working in this manner should be a foundation to build on not an end goal.
My goal as a realist is to understand complexities and details; my interest is how the human eyes perceive not how a camera sees. The hallmark of photorealism is capturing distortion and out of focus areas precisely how the camera does, Im aware of these things and eliminate most of them. My journey begins at the first look of my model the drawing process then becomes an all consuming study. When I complete the work, I develop an understanding of the subject thats both heightened and very personal. After spending hundreds of hours drawing a persons face all the while observing the small details that cause likeness a journey takes places that cannot be achieved by any other means. I dont draw just what I see; its a combination of facts and feelings that would not work from just a snap of a shutter. I change and alter many thing from the reference photos to me they are just a blueprint an informal guide at best, I transform not just translate what I am observing. I look at small particulars of a person that cannot be seen or deciphered by normal cameras. I delete, enhance, elaborate, exaggerate, alter and reinvent, and I do this with putting it through my own psyche. I change whats in front of me, not for the sake of change but because its inevitable and expected, its filtered through 40 plus years of living. I have 100% control of every aspect of the final image can this be done with a photo and Photoshop? Maybe but not with my unique technical and artistic language. In the end, its a matter of the artist-viewer connection this will not happen every time, maybe not even most of the time, but when it does thats the magic.
When I got out of art school I was an abstractionist, and asked myself the same question this just isnt me Gashu, thank you for bringing this up its important to all of us, I dont take offense on the contrary as an artist I better know why I do what I do. Im not trying to get you to like the work just understand my intent. One thing just dont get bogged down in art school dogma it is a time in your life to listen, and discover there are many good art forms find it in you to celebrate the best in all of them from abstraction to hyper-realism.