I like to draw realism. I love small Details and can hang me up on those. But for others realistic drawings are not ‘ART’. And I have followed a lot of discussions on this matter in the past now.
- Your are not Creative, since you only copy!
- It has to come from your Imagination to call it Art!
… are the most used phrases. For me Art is creating something that has not been there before in this form! If it is Music, a Movie, Photography, Drawings, Sculpures or whatever. Art is the Interpretation of things in my own way.
Put 100 Photographers in front of the Eiffeltower and let them take a Picture. Not 2 Photographys will be the same. It is the angle, the composition, the exposure, aperture Settings and so on. A lot of factors determine if it is a bad snapshot or a Masterpiece! But in fact they only ‘copied’ something that was already there. And they did it in a few Seconds!!! Does this mean it is no Art, or not Creative? Noone would Argument like this. We all know Photography is a form of Art and lots of People love it.
Art is creating something that has not been there before!
So why is there such an outcry about realistic art? We too have to decide which composition goes best. We set the lightning. We decide which Colors to Chose. And which lines / objects / Details we want to transform onto our Canvas and which ones we just ingnore. We even add things that ar not there in the original Object. All this is a creative process!
Most of the Realistic Painters / Drawers (well this word sounds odd – is there a better one?) do their own set up for life paintings or take their own Photographys for reference. And it takes tenths and hundreds of hours to finish only one Piece! – still remember the few seconds for the Photographer? (I know sometimes it takes longer, to wait for the perfect light or so. This post is not about thinking less of photography ( – Would NEVER do this) but to boost the Art of drawing realistic.
For me even Mark Rothko is a great Artist. His Colors are Perfect and to know where to devide the canvas is also ART.
So the next time you see an Artwork, don’t try to diss it. But try to look behind the Scenes. Why did the Artist choose those Colors? What is so Special about the composition? What was involved in the process?
There are tons of more out there! What are your favorite Artists? I would really love to know, so write them down in the comments, also what are your thoughts on this matter!
Thank you for reading this and sending you much love from Stockholm.