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10 March 2011 @ 10:35 pm
I'm remembering why I didn't go into art  
Along with a sketch, in which the Mucha-influences show...

Lately, I've been getting annoyed with some rampant narcissism amoung artists.

First of all, there is an artist who is, admittedly, much better at certain things than me. I was initially fairly impressed, even if the subject matter didn't appeal to me. But then, I saw a comment she made in which she was talking down about artists who use models. It was almost as if she thought a person who couldn't crank out any old pose was less than her. Worse were the people who admired her; I was afraid to leave any sort of constructive criticism for fear of being ripped limb from limb.

There are other statements about what art should or should not be/have. For one, I keep hearing people tell me that I should use Copic brand markers, because that's what professionals use. (I did notice, though, that in QAF they gave Justin Prismacolor, which is my marker brand ^_^).

And I recently read an author, who was obviously also an artist of some sort, who implied that illustration wasn't "real art." As as an illustrator, I was somewhat irked at this. It made me think of when my sister was in school, and she said that there were some real problems between the departments. She was in the Crafts department, and they were apparently the ones with the worst feelings toward the Fine Arts students; but I remember going to one of the shows put on by the latter department, and the amount of ego in the room was suffocating, especially for mediocre work, and they had the "if you don't understand, I'm not going to bother explaining it" attitude. (Of course, I am somewhat biased, but still...)

Now that it's off my chest, I'll stop...