Really. All You Have To Do Is Draw.
Placing people in a box constricts the creativity.
[media-credit id=3 align="aligncenter" width="569"][/media-credit]I stumbled upon this article by illustrator Gemma Correl a while back and I have to share it with you. She discusses the fact if there is such a thing as a bad drawing style. What triggered her to write an article like that was the following phrase from another article: “What the hell is wrong with this generation of illustrators?” they ask. “Why have they not been taught the importance of learning how to draw well?”
In the fast paced society where we live in people do expect a certain style of art. Just look at Disney and Pixar. The drawing styles are similar and it only makes sense that art students get a good dose of techniques during their studies to make sure they can work in the illustration field as a e.g. character designer. More importantly, they have to fit in with their drawing style so that it’s easier to work on animated movies. When illustrators draw in a simplistic and a more child like way, is that reason enough to say that they can’t draw? Do techniques only define when one can draw? Or is it more important that they can capture the message they want to tell?
I have said it before; I have never studied Art. However, I can have a childlike style and a more technically challenged style. For me, a skilled illustrator can go either way and can adapt to a certain style in his or hers own way. If people get the message you want to convey in your work than you’ve succeeded in your creative mission.
It is very easy to be led by whatever rule or strategy that is around you. Sometimes it’s easier to just follow what is already known by others, so you can avoid questions. That’s what you always get…the questions. ‘Why don’t you just follow the assignment?’, ‘Why do you want to do things differently?’ and so forth. In the end, you can constrict yourself because your surroundings make you believe that a certain way is the only right way to do so. In a creative field or in any field for that matter, can you really say ‘No. that is seriously wrong. Stop doing that and do it this way.’…?
Hmm you probably can, but I can’t think of an example now. I think that it depends on what you want to achieve in the end. If a certain method works for you and you get the results you want, then by all means go for it. I’ve noticed that I often get more feedback on simplistic drawings than the more technically ones.
Maybe people can connect more to the simpler ones? It’s funny, because when I was younger I would strive to re-create difficult drawings, just to show that I could do it as well. I ended up having less fun with it.
In the end, most illustrators do draw in a way that works for them. Whether it’s minimalistic or a style that requires a lot of techniques, they just draw. And if you ask me, by experimenting and observing others, you can create new drawing styles. Artists can inject a bit of themselves in their art, by scribbling the lines down the way they want. Art is so subjective; therefore there is no wrong way of drawing. There is only a ‘wrong’ way if it doesn’t fit your personal definition of art. But even then it isn’t wrong, it is just different. To me, for every type of art there is an audience. One just has to draw and have fun with it!
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