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art geekiness:

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.



/rant
Current Mood:
frustrated frustrated
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On July 23rd, 2004 10:06 pm (UTC), devilain commented:
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.
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On July 23rd, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
...exactly.

granted, the work i have up in my da account shows no consideration for composition at all, but still.
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On July 24th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC), devilain replied:
bah, i like your work.

all that i have up there are unfinished sketches that absolutely no one has looked at. and why would they?
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