If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.
This is a journal I've been meaning to write for a while but I don't know where to begin.
I'm going to list some scenarios that have bothered me and afterwards give a short comment.
Just to be clear:
- This concerns traditional art only.
- I don't disapprove or dislike all of these examples but I want all media and alterations be listed in the artist's notes.
- This is just my pet peeves.
- there are many deviants that I like that use effects.
- I'm not an art-nazi, this is for those who pretend to be something they're not.
ONE LAST UPDATE:
- This does not include correcting scanning and photography quality loss - I have no problem with that.
1. Sepia color overlay.
There are many deviants that change the color of their graphite drawings from black & white to a faded brown in Photoshop. Fundamentally I don't have a problem with that but it should be listed in the media since the artwork is not 100% traditional. Adding this effect does give a warm atmosphere to a piece and makes it more appealing, which is a misrepresentation unless the drawing was actually drawn in sepia - something that is infinitely more complicated than plain graphite/charcoal.
2. Diffuse glow.
This is a function in Photoshop that softly blows out the white in an image and makes it look soft and fuzzy. It gives a smooth finish and if not listed in the media is a misrepresentation of skill level.
Adding textured background to traditional images shifts it to mixed media. An artist that adds these effects to their drawings can not be grouped with others that actually work on textured paper or draw the effect.
I am not opposed to doing this but the omission of the edit information creates a misrepresentation of the actual traditional piece.
This is a drawing I did last year where I loaded both the edited and original side-by-side.
4. Dodge and burn.
Photoshop tools to make areas lighter and darker. Correcting your mistakes with Photoshop tools gives you an unfair advantage - I guess you must rely on your conscience there.
There have been a few cases where artists have taken it to a whole other level by changing the layer style of the graphite drawing to "multiply", then putting it on a light gray background and dodging+burning tints and tones - then trying to pass it off as drawn on gray paper. Yeah - I noticed.
5. Clone stamp tool.
Photoshop was never intended to fix the hair you couldn't successfully draw with pencil. Amateurs always grab the clone stamp tool but don't realize it leaves an echo. Pixels being repetitively copied make a pattern and can be spotted a mile away. Throwing a tantrum won't make your lies okay.
It can also create a blurring effect when used at low opacity which stands out in a grainy graphite drawing!
Coloring a graphite piece in Photoshop makes it digital mixed media. What determines the category of a drawing is its overwhelming element. There is a gentleman that regularly tours the front page with this deception.
7. Tracing & Overdraw.
Tracing: to be honest it doesn't bother me as much as other deceptions. Especially with new artists - everyone has to start somewhere.
Overdraw: This really irks me. This is done by artist who don't even bother tracing their drawings and then attempting to draw the shading BUT ACTUALLY DRAW OVER A PRINTOUT. I really have no words. All you're doing is messing up perfectly good paper.
How empty is your life that gaining popularity with a lie is acceptable to you?
8. Digital overlay.
Breakdown: First they trace an image and draw it but then overlay it in Photoshop with the original image to make it look better. YOU CAN NEVER DO IT PERFECTLY YOU IDIOTS!
A certain "dignityless" deviant loves doing this and he along with several others have fooled most of dA. Taking their deception on is futile as masses of fans blindly follow the mob mentality in attacking any accusers. Man I hate stupid people!
If I am one of your watchers and you are guilty of the above I probably don't fav your work anymore. Some instances like the sepia thing I evaluate on a case to case basis.
If you are new to me and are guilty of any of the above I won't fav or watch you...no matter how nice you are to me. This doesn't mean I don't like you but you cannot bullshit me so don't try.
THE GOOD NEWS
In light of this I'm going to do a raffle and give away one of my drawings. Whomever gets the drawing can then be my witness that I'm not deceiving you - but seriously, half of dA already has my work.
Sometime this week or over the weekend I will announce this year's HALLOWEEN HOO DOO CONTEST. Everyone that helps to advertise it will go into a draw and can choose one of these drawings as a prize:
So keep a lookout for the announcement!
AND dudes! I'm totally getting better at this digital stuff!!! Here's my latest creation - it's a self-portrait thingy: