For me, it depends. I don't like it when you have a pencil alongside a pencil drawing (I have done this before, but I changed my opinion since then) for example. Or when you have supplies that you didn't use or are obscuring the image. However, if done properly it can help show the viewer how the piece was made.
It depends. Most of the time I don't like it, but sometimes I think it's ok.
At the risk of sounding like an art snob, I feel like I often see this method used to make a mediocre piece feel more "artsy" (think a pink "I love you" watercolored next to paintbrushes and a pineapple). Not always, of course, but even with the good artwork, it's often angled in such a way to obscure the art, as someone else mentioned.
Not to mention I don't want people to see what my desk and supplies look like... they're an absolute wreck.
I don't like to see the angled artworks too. For a work in progress shot it's ok. But for the final artwork to present it that way...no, I don't like it...because I can't see anything!
"my desk and supplies look like... they're an absolute wreck." This only means that you use them! It's the same as the kitchen...clean like brand new -> means no one is using it...no one cooks anything
The fancy art supplies are mostly shown by the ones who rarely use them I hope I won't get for this
I don't mind seeing the pics with supplies in them, but I still can't figure out hat the point of showing like that is. I mean, if you're trying to show relative size, that's fine, but simply putting the dimensions into the description work as well. I prefer to see scanned or images of just the artwork. Makes it easier to focus on the art alone.
And what others have said, more "casual" art shown on other social media places and "formal" for dA.
"casual" art shown on other social media places and "formal" for dA. Agree
That art supply photographing...umm ...I think it has more to do with Instagram and such social media where everything needs to look...fake It's where the photograph is more important than the content (the artwork).
Some of those photographs make sense...others just don't...like putting make up supplies or shoes etc. beside a pencil drawing.
If you want to show artworks you need a proper cropped version of it shown, but if it's just for showing of "I have made a new painting" you can put even your cat's food beside it and photograph it
That makes sense. Instagram is more for the immediacy of showing a photo of your artwork rather than showing a finished, more formal photo like here on dA.
Of course, my latest pics of pieces are all straight out of my camera with no editing, but I didn't deliberately include anything else in them. Since I'm doing a 100 days project, I'm only uploading selected pieces and the ones I really like, I'll eventually edit in a more formal image. I do feel guilty that I uploaded the informal pics here because because... it's just not right!
Thanks! It's been a bit rough because you pick a theme and go with it for the full 100 days. I picked "lacey vines" (and realized afterwards that I'd spelled lacy wrong, but whatevs) and the technique / look has morphed a bit over that time, which I like. I'm trying to use it to be less rigid and more loose and fluid with what I do, but it's still tough. And weird, considering I primarily do abstracts.
I've hit a bit of a wall at day 60 and have gotten myself behind again, so I'll be playing catch-up this weekend. Which works, too. It's kind of fun trying to do multiple mini-paintings at once because I can get into a groove and go with it.
The scanned artwork feels more professional, the one with supplies more informal. I like both, but I prefer the first one. There's also another variant between these two: a photo of the framed artwork. I've heard that some groups don't accept this either, but I like that one as well.
Although I do enjoy pictures of artworks with the supplies used (and other often random stuff like flowers....) I 'd rather not see it in this group. Keep that for Instagram or your personal space on dA. For this group (watercolorists) I only want the artwork.
I tend to use the 'with art supplies' photos for other social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc), then a proper scanned version for my devArt. Mainly due to how I wish to use each site than anything else. So really depends on how an artist wants to display their arts.
Since in most photos with art supplies (and sometimes not even relevant supplies, like brush next to colored pencil work) I rarely see more than half of the actual picture and the angle is usually quite distorted (that half-pan of paint must be shown in 3D!), it started to annoy me quite soon, though I enjoyed such photos at first. In is fine to show a scale in case of small pictures, but even then I prefer seeing it as a secondary picture next to classing "ID-card shot" of a painting.