It Never Ends
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Published: May 25, 2015
I just had an interesting thought: Art is never meant to be "completed."

Drawings are never finished. There's always something to add, or something to adjust. At some point, it just feels like the effort is no longer cost effective and the product is good enough. But even if we did continue until completion, what would we have accomplished? This might not apply to all art, but for realistic/image-based artwork, in order to truly "complete" something, we'd have to recreate every individual pixel with the exact same RGB color values.

But then it would be pointless, because we would have just copied a file!

I started a self-portrait in January, but I've been slow and often distracted since then. It took hours for each ear. At least now I have almost three weeks of freedom before I have to return to unhappiness and sleep deprivation again. Yay?
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ABS96Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said. I've also thought of this before and came to a similar conclusion.
It might just be me, but I feel the same way about making music. You could always add or take away instruments or percussion from a song, you could alter the notes, and you could keep adjusting knobs on the synths and effects forever.
And it's so weird looking back at a finished piece, feeling comfortable with how it turned out, but remembering how plastic and uncertain it used to be.
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ToranosoHobbyist Digital Artist
That is impressive. I really admire music composition. It's cool that you can like your own work more after you made it. I'm usually happy with a drawing the moment I finish it, but at least three days later I'll find it embarrassing.

There's just some quality about sounds and music that makes it stick to people better. Maybe it's related to how we react more quickly to auditory stimulation or remember sounds better than pictures. Like, when I learn Chinese, I'll forget the characters but always remember the pronunciation.
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That's some nice insight! Perhaps it's due to the fact that writing is a relatively new phenomenon in our development as a species while articulated speech has been around for much longer.
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ToranosoHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, of course!
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AltonThorngageHobbyist Traditional Artist
"Art is never finished, only abandoned."

Leonardo da Vinci
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ToranosoHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, that's it!

Nice to see you've risen from your state of dormancy. You should stay not dormant more often.
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AltonThorngageHobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, I should... Probably won't, but should. I guess we'll see. ^^;
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