so, i'm browsing deviant art, like i usually do when i'm not lj whoring. and i run across this. i then start reading the comments and get immediately pissed off at some guy arguing with the guy who shot the piece and then jump in and start being all formalist (gary would be so proud).
this guy is all advocating sterile, boring composition, so i check his gallery, and sure enough it's full of stagnant uninteresting composition. it's really quite sad when someone shoots someone else down for pushing the medium. that's not how good art comes about. good art isn't simply about following the principles and elements of art/design word for word. it's understanding how line, shape, form, perspective, texture, and color work together to create emphasis, variety, rhythm, unity and the other two that i can't remember (i suck at the remembering thing sometimes), and using that understanding to bend the elements and principles to make a good piece.
sure, you can follow the directions and you'll get an aesthetically pleasing work. but it will have no style. it will have the look of stock photography in a cheap magazine, just... blah.
there was a mistake on my fafsa so all my financial aid (aside from my loans) didn't pay in time. i get refunds from the school to pay for my rent, and i was supposed to get back $3k this quarter (last quarter i didn't even get back enough money for rent). but since i had that mistake, the grants didn't pay out in time for my first check, and now the school is withholding the money (which has paid, now) and i can't get the rest of the $3k until i dunno when.
this is really fucking me over because i'm two months late on all my bills right now because of not getting back enough money last quarter. and i'm about to be late on rent again. and i owe everyone money right now for helping to bail me out for the past 4 months.
it just gets me down. i hate not being in charge of my financial situation, and just being at the whim of these people at the school who have no idea how their incompetence is costing me.
it's rare to find good shit on da now. a lot of untalented 13 year olds found the site and started flooding it with their shitty art done in paint and on notbook paper anf their shitty webcam photos.
but about 3 years ago, it was a great site.
lol well i'm not quite some monster out to make everyone cry about their art... but i do give blunt, honest opinions, and some people just can't take that.
i actually appreciate it if someone gives me constructive criticism because i feel it helps me grow... and i figure other people appreciate it too, but a lot of people (especially on da) just want to have their dick sucked instead of being critiqued.
but it's not like i think i'm this great designer and better than everyone else. i'm 20x harder on myself than i could ever be on other people. *shrugs*
bleh, every single one of his photos looked exactly the same. every one was half subject, half sky. EVERY SINGLE PHOTO. how boring. and muted. the colors had NO luminosity.
it's amazing, i posted a comment there (under d3vilain) BEFORE checking out his portfolio and strangely the dull muted blahness that i'd brought up in my comment was what i saw in his work.