bunn (bunn) wrote,

Drawings and monsters

I got into a discussion about http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/83792472/ - pictures created from children's drawings - on Facebook, and since I had a thought about them, I decided I would copy it here, where I stand an even chance of actually being able to find the thing again if I want it.

I think the caption is a little misleading. It doesn't look like the artist is really trying to draw a 'realistic' version of what the kids had in their minds - which would be very bad. What he's really doing is using kids drawings to inspire his own monster art (and quite often ignoring their colour choices and adding his own elements to them).

Look at the wonderwoman, for example - it looks like the child was going for a fairly conventional superhero image, and has got most of the elements for such a thing, but is unclear on how to make the exact shapes. If this artist is a little disappointed with the end result, because it doesn't reflect what is in her head - then I think is a very valid emotion for an artist of any age. All artists feel this, and as an amateur artist, I think understanding that is a really helpful thing - when you realise that Turner, say, had days when he was pissed off with his work and thought it was crap too, that REALLY helps you pick yourself up and go on learning, trying new things.

The artist has taken the shapes that the kid probably wasn't quite happy with, but didn't know quite why, and has made something strange and different with them - to me that says 'Actually, it's OK to make something weird and different and not fitting commercial art concepts of physical form' - and could be a really valuable thing, presented in the right way. Artists playing with each others ideas of form is like writers in a shared universe, ideas bouncing off each other and everyone learns and comes up with new and wonderful things...
Tags: arty stuff

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