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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:33 AM

Since men and women first learnt to use charcoal and stones to make marks on rocks in caves they have been obsessed with capturing what they see around them.

"Study for the Libyan Sibyl" by Michelangelo

The human form in all its odd, beautiful, exotic, strangeness has been for many artists their Achilles heel.  Without references to guide our hand, to delight the eye and inspire the imagination - artwork would remain as cave paintings warning people not to enter in case of bears.

"Vitruve Luc Viatour" by Da Vinci

“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
Leonardo Da Vinci

Each artist depicts what they see in their own unique way.  Some try to emulate and some forge their own path, but no matter how you are inspired or what media you use to create your work - remember the lessons of other painters who came before. 

"Dance Class" by Edgar Degas

Look, and see with your own eyes at the world around you.  Use references of structure, light, depth to make your own work  more realistic. 

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
Pablo Picasso

"Portrait of Daniel Henry Kahnweiler" by Pablo Piccaso

With the development of the internet, artists no longer even need to leave their studios to be exposed to a veritable wealth of digital stock sources and references on any subject they can possibly imagine.  However, every digital image is flawed in that it is a 2D representation of a 3D subject.  You can not turn a photo to see how shadows change on the face of a child, you can not move a models arms into a better pose and you are subject to the creators vision as they took the image or created it digitally.

"This is Not a Pipe" by René Magritte

Recognizing and understanding this limitation of digital stock and reference images or indeed even a 2D pencil sketch drawn whilst a subject was sat in front of the artist - should help you to compare more subjectively the differences between a flat 2D image and a 3D subject.  This flaw reinforces the need to "see" with your own eyes, to touch and experience shadow and light on a subject, enabling you ultimately to create a better representation of what you envision in your artwork.

“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.”
René Magritte

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RoseCS Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
WolfSorcerer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really liked this reading, concise but filled with content. Will keep it in my message box as a reference.

Though I did a few works with stock images, could very much relate to the problem of including already lighted characters, constructions or both, into 3D environments. It was a huge work with little rewarding, except for me! :lol:
Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great! I'm glad you found it a useful read! I think the very best artwork is art made purely by the artist for themselves, entirely to please them and to satisfy the need to create! :D
WolfSorcerer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly the point, I couldn't have said it better! :clap:
From the moment you start creating to please others, for the sake of popularity or whatever, you are doomed as an artist, and better go to do something else.
All the best! :D
Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
KahinaSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll keep this in my favs. Great reading indeed!
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D :thumbsup:
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Excellent! :thumbsup:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
caddman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
...awesome read...:clap::heart:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Love that Picasso quote :thumbsup:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Me too!
IRAtheIV Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
yes, its very true...too bad he helped to create something which he states in his quote is bad
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