I’ve been wanting to make an art rant because I’ve heard some silly happs and I think it’s time certain things are talked about. I’m not good at coordinating my thoughts, and I want a discussion on this because I’ve always wondered what others thought about this besides crazy woofboos or weabutts. (warning I’m making this rant after just waking up)
So art involves using a lot of techniques, whether you’re drawing an eye, sketching a body, texturing a body, coloring, etc.There’s been a big issue about “originality” and being defensive about who did what first, and how no one really did what they think they did first?
My friend once told me that her acquaintance had private messaged her about a picture she made, the picture contained sweets and such and she was asking her to credit her because she used “her coloring technique”…Expardon me? You mean that coloring technique you picked up from another artist, that picked it up from another artist? that coloring technique?
Originality is a weird topic because not a lot of things are as original as they seem, I’ve seen people chew out others for mashing up two animals into a hybrid? Or referencing they way a characters hair layed on the ground? I guess I’m going to talk about referencing first then get into originality?
I think it’s kinda normal to reference certain aspects of other artists art, while still learning from drawing from real life, because that’s how we learn in general. I believe art class even teaches us to do this when we are learning of a famous artist, referencing techniques they picked up and attempt them ourselves. I will look at others art and go “I like how they did the eyes, I wonder how they do it?” I’m always curious to learn the techniques of others and I think that’s pretty normal considering how people learned/were taught. I don’t sit there trying to trace a picture, or steal a character and run, I’m merely wondering about the techniques used to sketch and color.
When I was just learning how to draw I would watch youtube speedpaints/ sketches/ etc, or go to live streams and try to copy how an artist would sketch because that was easier than trying to read a book. I would try to draw anime characters, or manga characters, y’know like how some people would try to draw didney. That’s how I learned, I’ve talked to enough artists to know they started heavily referencing somewhere, but do you truly think they stopped referencing? Nope. Most likely what happens is they make other artist friends, or start taking a class and reference from them, asking a friend their techniques or learn techniques in an art class about learning from professional techniques. Weird huh? I understand respecting an artist, not copying their stuff, but at the same time, maybe instead of attacking someone inspired by another, wouldn’t it be easier to just point them to tutorials? I’ve noticed some of the nicer artists give tutorials, demo, or even show them over to how they learned how to do stuff. Don’t shoot them down for wanting to get better, everyone may start trying to draw like one of their favorite artists, after a while they pick up multiple other favorite artists and their style warps from all the things they love from different techniques. And I’m pretty sure style is a form of a technique? style= they way you draw eyes bodies hands or color etc, pretty sure that means “technique I’ve picked up over the years” which is from watching others, tutorials, demos, or getting help from friend artists.
I think we should all work on being more encouraging instead of attacking each other? I still get hounded by my past issues that I can’t even try to correct which sucks, but I think that maybe everyone can look forward and try to work on their own things and potentially set a new artist on their way? Sorry for the scattered thoughts, and this became longer than I thought it would so i’m going to save the originality rant for another day and another time. so yeah… you can turn this into a discussion and such, if anyone has any comments they need to make besides you’re a piece of shit for thinking this way, that’d be appreciated. Art