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Whippy

Thinking about each piece of art...

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I was just thinking about that latest care bear pic I did and every time I look at it I see so many flaws. Out of proportion bodies, boring color choices, ideas for more detail that weren't achieved in the final thing. Then I started to think like...this whole idea of what constitutes something "finished" and what a piece of art is might be what's really flawed here (at least in my mind lol).  So this 'finished' thing basically means that you won't work on the whatever it is anyone, that all effort to work on it has ceased, and that whatever is there is what it is..the final form.  But I could disrupt that easily by going back over the image a little each day or each month etc. All of a sudden it becomes 'organic' again and develops.  

With the idea of each piece of art being separate, why is that so? I thought about taking a few of my old art pieces and inserting my character into them. He would be sitting somewhere, observing it and critiquing it, or maybe have a giant brush in hand, re-painting parts. Heh, it would also be funny to have characters from one image walk over into another unrelated one.  Or break the 4th wall and have a picture inside of a picture inside of a picture. LOL...I could have my character pawing off on some of his own art.

So, yeah...I realize that the best cure for being grumpy over half-tailed art is to put more effort into it and don't let that fat lady sing :P Also, even if you don't touch that particular piece again, let the disatisfaction fuel all future attempts to be better next time. Heck, I would say that disatisfaction  fuels a lot of why I keep making art lol. From what's around not meeting my needs to what I've done not being enough in some way. Gotta keep on keep'n on!  RAWR!
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Added: 6 years, 4 months ago
 
mousehwolf
6 years, 4 months ago
DUDE OMG YESSSS

That would be so awesome!
tannim
6 years, 4 months ago
A common saying, or common enough, is that you are your own worst critic or as the creator who made it, you can only see the flaws of the picture rather than the idea of the picture.  This makes viewing your own art a chore as you see things you want to fix no matter how much you work it or re-work it.

For viewers, it's kind of like with movies.  We know it's not right, but we choose to ignore the flaws and just enjoy the imagery with our eyes making the appropriate corrections or simply looking past the errors to the stuff we enjoy.

Its true that some errors can be so blatant that the viewer simply can't ignore it for some pictures, but for less obvious errors, they can enjoy it.  You're too close to the screen to see the whole picture.

I do like the idea of putting your character into old pictures viewing them and commenting/masturbating.  It's a fun concept.
mousehwolf
6 years, 4 months ago
Oh and yeah, "finished" is subjective and stuff.  And, yeah, keep keep'n on!  :)
betatest
6 years, 4 months ago
i just thought of a piece that Doug Wagner did a long time ago.  of his character holding up a sketch and saying "did i just draw that?!".  the other character, looking like she was about to kick his ass "yes, yes you did"
ButtercupSaiyan
6 years, 4 months ago
It's only fanart... perhaps the art we should elevate is our original pieces. That's how I usually feel but barely get to do.
Whippy
6 years, 4 months ago
Some of what I do is fanart, but not all of it. It is more fun to work on original characters and art though. Speaking of...why don't you get to?
ButtercupSaiyan
6 years, 4 months ago
Already have a folio with Gami for that exact thing. :3
Whippy
6 years, 4 months ago
Ah, very nice ^_^
BunnyFoxglove
6 years, 4 months ago
From what I've gathered, they say that it's better to move on from piece to piece and not get attached to it. Think of each piece as a learning experience, because you could easily do it again if you wanted it. Probably even better the next time. There was an exercise on an art site I was reading before that another artist posted. In there it had you draw a piece of art, then one of the last steps was to close the file without saving.

Crazy huh? Then they went on to explain what I just said above. I know myself, I have troubles with this. I always want to save it even if it's crap, but I'm starting to learn how to become more detached from my work now.

Just some food for thought.
Whippy
6 years, 4 months ago
Very interesting....
That sounds a lot like the concept of mindfulness meditation in that you're not supposed to become attached to your own thoughts. Actually, now that I think about doing the opposite with a piece of art, that is, obsessing - it could get really unhealthy and damaging. By focusing only on one piece and it's mistakes, the flow of art would stop and the artist would become stuck in a "critical loop" - not exploring any longer but judging instead. Similar to depression or anxiety in a way really.

When I was taking figure drawing classes, our teacher had us do a similar exercise like the one you described, except on paper - and no we wouldn't throw it away lol. Instead he would just say "switch!" and the model would change poses and we'd have to start a new drawing for the next 10,20, 30 seconds, maybe a minute or two at most. It was fun actually.  Using only one piece as a 'crutch' or proof of one's own art abilities without making anything new is pretty stagnant, really it's a cop out.

Meeep ^/////^ Okay, I need to draw some more today!
BunnyFoxglove
6 years, 4 months ago
Well, I'll say this... there's nothing wrong with choosing a couple pics from your past and finishing or fixing, or even just re-making them. Just don't dwell on it too much. Learn and move on, or maybe create a piece that is meant to be "organic" where you use it to test out new styles and techniques 'n such. I still suggest the learn and move on, but whatever makes you happiest.
Teko
6 years, 4 months ago
It's hard not to hold Rule 34 art to a higher mental standard after you've drawn it, because you've got these existing characters to base it on... so I know it's harder to overlook flaws. But those of us looking at it aren't seeing those flaws the way you are, because I see it as your interpretation of the characters, done in your style. It's all good :)
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