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Old 03 March 2005   #1
Religion in 3d Art.

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Was just browsing the internet looking at the major artworks in History, the great Majority of them seem to be religous art. Either Jesus or Virgin Mary or Mary and Baby Jesus etc etc

Many of the great artists in history concentrated their work around god and his greater glory. MichaelAngelos Pieta, Last Super etc.

Why not know? Why hansnt the new form of art that is called 3d taken up God as a popular subject? I know the Catholic Church was a major reason for the many of these great artworks back during the 1500s. but how come no one hasnt taken it up now?

Is it because 3d art is less respected?
Is typical 3d art stereotype being mainly Weird Orcs and Goblins and Monsters and explosions and its not *looking for the right word here* ummm "holy" enough to be used to make 3d renders of religous icons for people to revere?
Or is just us young in society that where not into these types of things anymore? I mean i am and many 3d artists are religious people aswell. But still the amount of religious 3d content is almost non existant.

Would making great emotional 3d renders of religious icons make 3d art more respected? Maybe even upto traditional Art levels of respect?



keep this thread clean guys.

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Old 03 March 2005   #2
Because big boobed chicks and orcs are cooler.
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Old 03 March 2005   #3
Originally Posted by titaniumdave: Because big boobed chicks and orcs are cooler.


I know what you mean. Most of our 3d artwork is targeted at each other since this is a young industry and most of are quite young.
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Old 03 March 2005   #4
I don't think it's really an industry related thing but more of the cgtalk way to deal with the flames these subjects bring...It seems hard for some not to try to impose their thought on others,regardless of the subject so with beliefs as strong as those of religious/no-religious people it's bound to blow up.

Artists have made religious pieces since the dawn of time and probably still do so in the digital world,if you look around the net I'm sure there's some of them in appropriate places.


BTW:It wouldn't be much of a fun for a Budhist to get laughes at his art just because someone want to ridicule his beliefs and vice versa.

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Old 03 March 2005   #5
The Church approved a doctrine at the Second Council of Nicaea in 787 which is summed up in the often quoted formula: "The composition of the image is not the invention of the painters, but the result of the legislation and approved tradition of the Church".

Until the Renaissance, the Church exercised a veritable monopoly over the sphere of art. "Profane painting" such as naked chicks and 4th level orc clerics has taken lead only in the last century, but the fact is that art has been moving away from religion over the last five centuries.

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Old 03 March 2005   #6
first absolutely industry is affecting it, simply industry rules, JOB ...
then i think this form of art is not that well done still. i dont like to see some ridicules Jesus for instance, theres some sort of Respect in these stuffes.
 
Old 03 March 2005   #7
As far as I can remeber from Art History class, the pictures you are refering to, with depictions of Jaysus, the Virgin Mary, God ect, were not necesarily considered art like you and me consider art.

We make 3d art that looks cool, exciting, they made those paintings to teach people and spread the word of the Lord Jebus Christ. They weren't out to create a pretty piece that somebody would hang in their living room.
 
Old 03 March 2005   #8
Something to keep in mind about old religious artwork: Back in the day, the only book most (regular) people might have access to was the bible. Nowadays, we are in information overload and have lots of inspiration available.

I wonder how long it's going to take Zarathustra to make an appearance?
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Old 03 March 2005   #9
Most 3d art is directed at a "market". For example, the orcs and naked chicks are directed (mainly) at the gamers, 14-25 age band. What market is there for religious artwork nowadays? Other than within church circles, which can be pretty insular. Maybe there is a niche there as many churches and religions are now recognising the internet and other such technologies as useful tools. If your interested in doing something like producing religious art for a wider audience than just yourself, why not get in touch with religious communities (there are quite a few websites around) and see if they would be interested?

The other thing of course is... money. If there is no market, then noone wants the stuff, if noone wants it there is no money to be made from it. Hence why it is not popular.
 
Old 03 March 2005   #10
Something just came to mind..

What about Veggie Tales? Wasn't that 3d and a huge sucess?
 
Old 03 March 2005   #11
Quote: Until the Renaissance, the Church exercised a veritable monopoly over the sphere of art. "Profane painting" such as naked chicks and 4th level orc clerics has taken lead only in the last century, but the fact is that art has been moving away from religion over the last five centuries.


Yeah and no wonder, that same Church was behind the Inquisition, the Crusades, threatening Copernicus into recanting, witch burning and many other similar activities. I'll take Poser porn and Freedom of Expression instead please.
 
Old 03 March 2005   #12
The main reason these artists painted for the church was because the church was really one of the only organizations that paid well. If you wanted to make a descent living back then... you had better do commissions for the church. Could you image the church forking out money for 3d?... haha... I don't think so.


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Old 03 March 2005   #13
There are a few religious computer games, they all pretty much look awful graphically. Haven't played them though.
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Old 03 March 2005   #14
Originally Posted by Lordiego01: Something just came to mind..

What about Veggie Tales? Wasn't that 3d and a huge sucess?

yup, a few other's have tried to go that route without the financial success of Big Idea.
 
Old 03 March 2005   #15
Maybe it's because there are more interesting myths to derive art from...like dragons and steven segal
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