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.
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*