As I’m working on the artwork for my book, I am trying to retain some reflection of spontaneity and free hand art. With digital art, we have the ability to polish over our work, again and again, but does that mean we should?
I used to work in the wine industry. I worked at a winery that believed in minimal intervention when it comes to making wine. You use good grapes and you should get good wine. You just let the grapes do their thing and make sure nothing goes wrong in the process. Sure, every once in a while something does go wrong and you have to fix it. But for the most part, the wine is more interesting and reflects the land better if you just leave it as it is. If you over polish the wine, it loses it’s character. It might taste good, but there’s nothing that really grabs you. There’s nothing memorable and nothing worth talking about.
I believe art reflects this same philosophy. If it looks too real, it merely looks like a picture. If you can paint pictures that look like paintings, that’s really cool, but wouldn’t it have been easier to just use a camera? Art should reflect more than what something looks like. It should also convey our interpretation of what something feels like. Sometimes, what something feels like isn’t exactly what it looks like.
How does your style of artwork reflect what you feel about the subject or how you see it? How do you trod the line between your imagination and what something should look like? How do you retain your own free hand in your art?