Friday, February 20, 2009

Miles Stone

My year is up ... I did a year of traditional (no computers) art as prescribed by my mentor.
I feel really good about this and I will continue do more of it - although I am now going to start adding computer generated work to my posts here also.

Thanks for viewing...

"This is my first sketch in oil paints"


Blogger Vee (Scratch) said...

I've heard this sentiment time and time again. I think it is kind of interesting. It used to sound like this:

- "If you don't create and mix your own oils, you're not a true artists"
- If you are using an airbrush
- If you're using photo reference...
- If you don't understand how to develop film, you'll never be a true photographer.
- If you can't read music, you'll never grow as a musician or be a true musician.

The digital era has definitely change the landscape and creative output of graphic design for better and worse. I'm curious to hear more about what you mean when you say "struggling to breathe artistically yet they are cutting off they're own oxygen by rushing to the computer"

Please do go in.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Mr.Magoo said...

I think it is commendable that you did a whole year without it. There is a generation of computer animators who skipped all the traditional animation principles and "rushed" into 3-d, only to have to double back later. However, I do think that it's simplistic to judge an artist or musician by how he or she adheres to the standards of western academia.

10:25 AM  
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1:48 PM  
Blogger babadawud said...

I agree with Vee on this. I think the computer, like the airbrush or clay or whatever are the tool for expression but neither are the final means to the end but different roads. I will never abandon traditional fine art techniques however they all serve a purpose and satisfy our creative drive for what we need at the moment. I love to look of the outcome regardless of the initial approach and although some out there may "cheat" with computers the same would "cheat" with an overhead projector and copying rather than drawing from life or using pure imagination(that is my high school teacher talking). Personally, I don't like all computer work nor all traditional work. I just like what I like no matter how it was made. Props to you for doing the traditional fast. I have to mix it up as well but not completely using one over the other.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Dawood Marion said...

[First let me say - I edited the text of this post because I realized that what I had to say could have been said in a better way - I will say it in a future post]

Hey Thanks you guys'

Second let me say I think you all "MAY" have gotten me wrong - I am not locking myself down to traditional art for the rest of my life. This was merely a sojourn for growth and enlightenment.

I was not slamming computers - have tons of digital art on my website.

What I was trying to say (but said it too harshly) is "The Computer Is A Tool".

In the future I will choose my words and approach more wisely ... Thank you for your input.

Vee (Scratch) said...Please do go in. -"struggling to breathe artistically yet they are cutting off they're own oxygen by rushing to the computer"

I am glad you asked this question... It challenges me to articulate a "reasonable" answer. I guess "depending on your perspective" and or what you are trying to accomplish as an artist there may not be any disadvantage to working exclusively on computer - True.
Aesthetically I personally feel artists suffer when they don't draw enough or use the computer too often without having periods of creating tradition work as exercise.

Mr.Magoo said... "I do think that it's simplistic to judge an artist or musician by how he or she adheres to the standards of western academia."

I agree - and in the future I will not only be more specific but "people friendly." (LOL)

With that said I will stop there and my reason for stopping is - This topic can get very opinionated and drawn out.

Let me know if this helps
and thanks to you all.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Mr.Magoo said...

I saw no need for you to edit your post Dawood. There was nothing wrong with it. I recall that it was your teacher's sentiment that I was addressing not the digi-fast. Can't remember exactly what you wrote. But even if it was your opinion, I encourage all points of view, regardless of how popular they might be. It's when we get into discussions like these that it gets fun. Peace!

6:41 PM  
Blogger Vee (Scratch) said...

Your response was reasonable and clear. I think your opinion is valid. After-all considering what can be done digitally I find it odd that many comics are colored in the same manner. AND don't let me get into animation and color.

I really think the struggle to breathe creatively is really apparent in graphic design because computers offer a really quick convenient solution, especially when you're dealing with deadlines.

If anything else, many folks should take a full year off from computers.

Like I said interesting post, I'm just a little surprised there wasn't a lot of feedback or notes.

. . . aww man, you killed your post. Yeah, what Mr. Magoo said!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Nathanael Lark said...

Holy smokes these are stunning. Great work!

9:11 PM  

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