Thanks for you detailed post. Overally harsh? hah! I’ve had far worse in my day, and besides, everyone has a right to voice there opinion. Since you flatly stated that you wrote that to generate a response, I thought I would oblige.
“Thought I’d throw my hat in again…sounds like a fun topic! A little broad perhaps, but I think that will just generate a huge variety of crazy-ass images.”
My first post was simply intended to say that this contest would generate a lot of interesting art - from everyone. I think you took it to mean that I would be trying something crazy and whacky, but that was not my intent.
Generally, I think you succeeded in pointing out that my work has a recognizable style and that they look like they were designed and done by the same person. There is no doubt that they both deal with sci-fi themes, and I have injected simialr design sensibilites into each. Hey, no arguement there.
Does this mean I am un-creative? Who knows, that’s an excellent question. You could ask the same thing of ANY artist out there who has made more than one peice of art, and especially about any artist who has done more than one peice of sci-fi art. Is Giger uncreative because his art all looks similar? Are Berkey spaceships just rip-offs of eachother? What about Brom? How do you judge creativity? Should art be judged on it’s own or in comparison to past works? Frankly I can’t tell you - It’s a subjective matter, pure and simple, and I respect you thoughts on this.
Your claim that writing a story will somehow enhance your art is valid, and hey - if that creative process works for you, more power to you. But I’ve seen plenty of images with a lovely backstory that make absolutley no sense whatsoever, and try to cram so much story junk into a picture that the art just collapases. Sure a story is fine - but I make it up in my head as I paint the picture, and that’s what I want the viewer to do. It get’s them invloved, get’s them to ask questions, and fill in the answers themsleves. Art that answers all the questions for you, whether they are written or in the picture I find dry and boring.
it seems to us that if you enter an image into space opera that’s virtually the same as your entry for machine flesh, you’ve got a greatly reduced chance of winning.
For the machineflesh challenge I just painted what I wanted see, I really didn’t expect to win anything - the image was completely self-serving. I took a vague idea and ran with it. As you’ve probably noticed, I am doing the same thing here, painting an image that satisfies myself. Am I satisfied with it? Of course not. That’s why it’s a clearly labled WIP. So I think comparing it to a finished painting is a bit misleading.
As for winning something, of course I hope the judges and voters like it, but I don’t enter these things to win prizes. I enter these contests because of the community interaction, and because I can paint what I want -not what an art director wants, and that is a huge difference. I do that every day for a living, and acting as your own art director is much more rewarding. My number one goal here is just to have some fun and make a painting that hopefully will kick some ass.
with the 25% community challenge system, we have the impression too many people are simply going round all the threads sucking up to people, offering encouragement, but not necessarily constructive criticism.
Hey - I agree with you that constructive criticism is essential. Everyone needs it, and I encourage it! But After reading your post top to bottom, I couldn’t find any specific suggestions of what you (or your mysterious friend) would do differently. I thought you made some interesting and well thought out points about creativity and ingenuity, but as far as an actualy critique went, I didn’t really see one, and that was what I was waiting for you to get to.
Anwyays, thanks for your feedback - I’m always interested to hear what people like or dislike about my work.