So yeah, this is a quick list of things I’ve been telling myself lately when I decide I want to make Art. Art as in high art though. Or at least the highest I can go. I of course do not make Fine Art, but I try ever so often. I dreamed to be a painter once and now I just dream to be an artist.
1. REALISM is not as important as INTERESTING
Let’s face it, photo-realism is not one of my strengths when it comes to rendering. Although, I’m still working to try to get as close as I can to mimicing reality. But I’m just not getting it. But I have observed that aesthetics is a lot more complicated and is ever evolving and I’ve realized that in the end, it’s the idea of the piece that matters. So I value the concept over the rendering.
2. Tell A Story
Often, I try to make each piece a narrative. If your work is pretty much just a picture, than that’s what it just is. I find that the pieces with at least a story, are the more interesting ones. Because the interaction between the art and the viewer is more dynamic. And this has been pretty evident in art history. Art was a tool for communicating stories and ideas about religious beliefs and values back then. Doesn’t mean we can’t tell stories still through our art.
3. Make It Your Own
This is the difficult one. I’ve always felt that my work can be too derivative at times. But I’m working on developing my art to something more unique and more me. Because there are a lot of paintings of like flowers and whatnot around, but it’s up to you to depict the flowers anyway you want really. I’d rather you paint what you want to see or how you want to see, rather than painting what’s actually there.
Of course, if you’re a newbie at making art, it’s always best to learn to copy first before attempting to translate the world through your aesthetic voice. I mean, you gotta learn the language before you can use and manipulate it, right?
Anyway, these are just my opinions. But at least just make good art. DON’T STOP BELIEVING! HOLD ON TO THAT FEEEEEEELIIIINGGG!
Hola Tumblr. It’s quite rare for me to write journal entries here on this blog. Because (1) Most followers don’t like to read wordy posts, which I’m totally cool with and (2) I don’t have a lot of things to write about or even have time to write when I do. But I just wanted to write this down since I promised myself that I should write more. One of my professors did say that we should learn to tell stories.
You don’t have to read this by the way. Unless you’re bored.
First item in the agenda, Bitter Bark. This is my little Entrepreneurial Plate for my Advertising class or Marketing class, as my professor likes to call it. I’m insanely nervous with it as I may or may not have shot myself in the foot with this venture. But I like making shirts and clothing has become quite a growing interest in me recently. So I went with it.
I could’ve sold food and I would’ve probably made a decent profit, which would probably get me a good grade. But I decided to go with passion over practicality. And who knows, maybe Bitter Bark will do well or even thrive and I might get a decent grade after all. I just know I’m loving the whole ordeal no matter how frustrating it is.
I do so hope you’ll support it. I already have a date for a local launch for this coming Wednesday. Follow ze Tumblr Blog please: Bitter Bark.
I’ve been putting off answering you anon. Sorry bout that. But I was a bit unsure of what to answer to this question when I first read your message. Anyway, I’m going to assume when you say illustration, you’re talking about like magazine and storybook illustrations and other editorials of the like. And not like drawings for an anatomy or biology or history book.
Anyway, I think It’s all in the concept as to what makes or breaks an illustration. There are rendering styles that I must admit I often have trouble appreciating. But when the concept is good, I consider it a good illustration despite the rendition. A good idea is a good idea.
Anyway, it’s all about being smart about the concept. It’s really up to the artist to asses the best possible imagery to clearly convey the desired feel and information as well as engage the audience.
But I also believe that clever utilization of a rendition style can enhance the overall effect of an illustration.