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art is subjective

Posted January 18th, 2011 at 6:43 AM by moments.

So, lately I've been doing requests for people here at PC, and I get compliments on my graphics, and then I go to places like deviantart, and it seems I am a disgusting distance from being the artists some of those people are. I think, this being a community, which is a fairly young demographic, coupled with the whole Pokemon and anime being a circulating attraction and pastime of I'm guessing a majority of the community, that my art isn't going to go anywhere substantial by following the trends and mishaps of Graphics and Photography here at PC...

Note, I am not suggesting I would consider leaving PC or ceasing to post art or anything, I'm just going to go in a different direction, and whether PC likes it or not, will not be held down by the limitations of anime obsessed teenagers and children. While some of my past art which seemingly looked towards breaking the moulds of what sort of graphics art posted here, was not appreciated how I did, or possibly how others did, I don't care, and I want to pursue this.

I'm not a huge fan of anime and pokemon anymore, and I'm certainly no longer a fan of super bright, generic and fairly bland designs which are praised here because of the naivety of the members here. I want to keep posting art here, but hopefully it will be different. I'm assuming they won't be appreciated by the majority of people here due to the ridiculous decline in experienced graphic artists here, but I really don't care.

I want to experiment new things, and do things completely different to the everyday stuff seen here at PC. I want to attract those artists out there who feel the same way as I do, to take a stand and to do what they want to do, because they enjoy doing it; not because their gallery will get heaps of comments, and all those comments will be "omg 11/10 loves it omg amazing!!!one!"

Just a rant here, but expect change from me. It is for my own benefit, and most likely, the benefit of the overwhelmingly underpopulated and seemingly hopeless future for Graphics and Photography. It is seemingly, it is not definite. I want to be that spark. To bring more life to the forum and to really see and build upon the community.

Expect change, change expectations.
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    Have fun with that. Aspire to be what you want to be, but don't let the perfectionists at DA ruin your passion for art OK? I've seen that happen too many times to count...and it's sad. :<
    Posted January 18th, 2011 at 6:45 AM by Melody Melody is offline
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    You have to think about the big picture: Posting and receiving critique here is only a stepping stone as to DeviantART, which is a big place, whose primary focus is graphics and various other arts. Also the fact that most members here only know about Tags and Icons is also maybe the fact to as why you're feeling like this.

    Maybe you don't need a change in your graphic style, but what you do graphics for. Maybe try to get yourself out there for Work Experience or something to try and get graphic support from people who know their stuff, and what to see in the real world. Maybe try a small freelance thing and advertise yourself as an aspiring young graphic design who wants some real-world experience with a real client.
    Posted January 18th, 2011 at 6:49 AM by Alternative Alternative is offline
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    But with my current examples, it isn't what anybody is looking for in terms of commissions and working for people and stuff. Sure, I would like to continue doing tags and stuff, because they are fun to do and good for enhancing certain aspects, but it is stuff like more large canvas art and doing my own thing instead of spamming C4Ds other people made and textures which circulate the internet.

    I guess what I'm saying is, I don't see my art currently, as satisfying as it could be. I need to do more of my own thing, and be responsible for more of the stuff within my art.

    Right now, I take resources that other people have slaved away over, and compile them in a certain way to look nice. I think I'm seriously interested in making my own effects from scratch and from working with different mediums. I think that'll be more satisfying.
    Posted January 18th, 2011 at 6:55 AM by moments. moments. is offline
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    Making your own effects and working with different mediums is a start, but maybe try some mock-up designs, like logos and billboards, things you see in the real world, or even try to get a client to make something like that for them.
    Posted January 18th, 2011 at 7:05 AM by Alternative Alternative is offline
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    Remember who you make art for. You, not the people that see your art.
    Posted January 18th, 2011 at 12:15 PM by seeker seeker is offline
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    You get that everywhere. It just depends on the crowd. I post some of my stuff on here and most of the people on here just breeze on by because it's not anime/ pokemon half the time.

    @[email protected] It's just like.. saying people who are older love the beginning of the movie UP more (cause it appeals to them and their sentiments/ they can understand death) and kids love the second half of the movie more (because.. talking dogs!)

    It's the same thing with art. Don't get discouraged. I personally never venture into the graphics section and that's why I'd never comment, but perhaps you should post some stuff on your blog because you might get a different response. I've told you before randomly that I've liked your stuff because I do, but I'm just not the type of person who remembers to check for updates to someone's thread. So if you have new stuff, say it around! Market yourself! Even try looking for different sites to showcase your stuff.. or even a blogspot can be fun!

    And whoever says *points to gavin* to make art for yourself.. is talking ********. YES. You should make art BECAUSE YOU ENJOY IT. But don't do it FOR yourself. If every artist did that no one would be seeing anything ._. All the artists would hide it. Art technically IS for an audience, but you don't have to change your subject if you don't want to. That's why so many crazy experimental films are made. Sure a whole bunch of people are gonna say "That's completely turds" but they weren't the target audience, now were they? There are a few people who would think that it's brilliant! Neither people are right or wrong, because it all has to do with perception.
    Just be HAPPY about what you create. Don't EXPECT responses, even though praise is always nice, but show it because you genuinely just wanna put yourself out there. Make yourself vulnerable so that you can show the world what you love to do. (Whether they themselves love it or not.)
    Posted January 18th, 2011 at 5:27 PM by Kura Kura is offline
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    Thanks guys, I really love abstract art, and yet I find myself doing so little of it myself which is the one example that really sparked me to think about my art.

    Kura, I will definitely post some stuff in this blog, and I've got an art journal set up on tumblr with all my stuff, maybe I'll leave a link in a blog in the future or something.

    Thanks again everyone!
    Posted January 18th, 2011 at 6:20 PM by moments. moments. is offline

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