Jan 9, 2009

style makes the magazine illustrator

The end-of-the-year "favorite illustrations" recap from Slate magazine is a fantastic way to start a discussion of artistic style.

1 comment:

Comakid said...

Like, the pictures themselves aren't that good. At all. What's important is either the caption and words associated with the picture, or what the picture represents. So, in our society, artistic quality is beginning to fade, and instead, people value the picture for what it says. But, what about pictures that express both?

Personally, I like artists that draw what I'm interested in; as in the style that I like. For example, Blotch is a great artist; his style reflects happiness. That's what it shows to me; by using partially animal characters, furry art allows the viewer to connect more with the characters. Because, when you look at other humans, while there is a basic tie through humanity, some of the effect is lost because it is another human being with independent emotions and feelings. It becomes nearly impossible to express strong emotions; the pictures that CAN do this stick out.

Like, this is the reason why the Mona Lisa is so popular; because we don't know what she's thinking. We're so separated, that the entire premise of separation becomes the picture. da Vinci was a genius.

But, to me, the furry art surpasses this limitation, because animals seem to represent emotions and feelings in a way that simply cannot be achieved by people. Maybe I'm just some crazy person who's trying to justify his personal tastes, but really? You should check out Blotch's art. (screwbald.com)

And, like, the most important thing about Blotch? He conveys emotion so well. When the characters look happy, they look truly happy. The only problem I see is that he doesn't convey other emotions than variations on happiness.

Finally, I wanted to talk (to a wall) about the art chosen for the image up top. I like the one in the upper left, because the characters look both strained and happy at the same time, and when the caption referred to working class moms, it kind of created this image of being caught between family responsibility and personal obligations. It seems to represent that these moms want the best for their family, that "Disney-land" ideal, but that relations are often strained and distant.

And... I'm too tired to go further. It's ten and I just came back from a debate tournament. I just felt like going on one of the blogs that WASN'T LD related.

To be succinct, artistic style is based on a mix of the picture's realism and its ability to effect people emotionally.

Yeah, it did take half a page to say that. Again, you can find Blotch at Screwbald.com.

(I entered the letters as shown in the image. Take the damn post. I'm not a hacker. Could a hacker even write this much? No. Just... argh.)