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    Thumbs down Star Wars Art Books = The Death Of Many People's Imagination!

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    Aspiring artists and professionals a like are suffering from the same syndrome!

    its called "wow there are tons of art books out there i might as well (quote unquote) reference my design ...hmmm take a little from Doug Chiang take a little from Ian Mccaig annndd take a little from fabulous Mr. Powers and ...uhh yep and i got my butt pirated copy of photo shop soo that makes me an artist ...syndrome"

    ok perhaps i am just venting frustration...

    what do you think about this matter?


    one cool thing i've realized is i have NOT seen much of this one these boards!

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    I agree with you completely. I don't see it as much in characters but in vehicles. I'm so sick of seeing glossy, shiny and curvy hover vehicles.

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    word to you, JOSHUATHEJAMES

    I am guilty of this, sometimes blatantly so. for me, it is the architecture I find myself pulling from, sometimes just plain ripping.
    people I have had worked with in the past really get into the "following with the sheep" mode, which tends to put itself in the forefront of my creativity.
    Ever since I got on this site, though, I have been trying to knock down the walls I have had built up for money.
    Strings like this are what I can use to remind myself of my roots.

    i guess this is a long winded thanks....


    ....but i agree with both you guys totally.

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    Haven't seen much of this, neither on Sijun nor here. Could you show me some examples? I must say I was impressed with the AotC book, the guy who really blew my fuse was Ryan Church. I'm still suffering from Chronic Drool.
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    Well, there's nothing wrong with learning from the best, isn't it? I copy a lot from these books - and use them as a source of inspiration. BUT I'd never post those drawings anywhere as my "original" posts. If possible, I mention the source of inspiration. However, this forum (and some others as well) are at least as much a source as these books.

    I can understand all those people saying: Wow, that's cool, I want to learn how to do this, too. Just my opinion, though. I see lots of other styles here, too.

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    Just a question for clarification..

    Are we talking as inspiration.. like designs inspired and near identical to others..

    Or plain out ripping. Taking the art of another artist, forging it and claiming it as yours. I've seen plenty of that on Sijun. Pretty awful.
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    I'm glad other's are aware of this 'problem'

    I wouldn't say copying them for your own learning is bad - it's no different than doing a master copy of Degas, Millas, Mucha or Delacroix for example - the principle is the same.

    However, come to creating your own original work - why stand in the shadow of another when you can create your own style and technique? the thing its, with star wars stuff they find their inspiration from the world around them, not other people's work - they look at things from history through to present day, and then use that as a starting point - a good example is the pod racers - nothing but chariots mixed with jet engines! now why didn't I think of that? such a simple idea. it's down to thinking on the same term, than copying. It is difficult not to do things similar because the idea is to keep the thing,architecture etc you're concepting, something that the viewer can relate to( but there are no rules really)

    basically what's happening is that the imagination is being blinkered. I see these books (fantastic though they are - and they do inspire me too!) as one direction of imagination - of which there are countless.

    a lot of concepts still show direct influence from star wars (a new hope) even down to the 'chipped off paint' using white ink effect. I feel more thought should be given to the function of your craft, building etc. am I putting that effect on because I just do it automatically? because I saw it on Joe Johnston's and Doug Chiang's work and it 'looks cool' or am I doing it because of the environment this object is in?...who's to say the concept of 'paint' is an endless presence? why isn't the craft made out of a solid colour, - like plastics? why must all craft in the whole universe since time began till the end of it, be made of metal with paint on it?

    the weird thing is - we don't see much evolution from that 'star wars' look in some art out there - think of it as a car from the 80's - a typical boxy look - and car designers not designing anything since, but staying around the 80's style, even 20 years on , there's not much change, look at all the sexy cool and futuristic cars out there that we would have missed out on! well that's how I see star wars influenced stuff.

    it's a culture thing at the end of the day - it's embedding in ours and that why we do see a lot of stuff like it. Also, sadly, thats why a lot of vewiers may not like something orginal, because they are so used to the star wars culture and anything else is rejected. I think the same problem can be seen in paintings where Frank Frazetta has been such a big influence - but that's another thread!

    I look at my work and if it's 'star warsy' more often than not, I'll reject it in a pursuit of what's not been thought of yet .It's difficult, but you can follow the same design principles and still be original and it's much more self-rewarding when you do design something you know the world has never seen before.Of course as star wars is in my mind too - this is always a battle to be orginal!

    apologies for ranting on.
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    Around here, copying the Great Masters stroke for stroke is actually encouraged overpainting/tracing stuff without telling is of course dodgy.

    Painting over photographs and stuff is unfortunately a typical newbie trait at Sijun, lots of insecure 14-year-olds who desperately want to look good fast. Seems to be a good environment here, still trusting and encouraging.
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    i agree, joshua.

    nothing against learning in terms of technique - i think i improved a lot through looking at dermott power's digital sketches.
    the key is not to redo the designs they did. one can assimilate bits of their visual vocabulary, one can see new ways of working, new techniques and feel remembered to one or the other rule that is long time forgotten.

    it's similar to what i am currently encountering through the great posts of jon foster here. i am reminded to warm/cool again, and i see what can be done with just warm/cool and value.
    i try to assimilate the technique into my ideas, compositions and designs, not repainting jon's.

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    great posts guys ....really fun to read!!!!


    and .... i have both the ep 1 and 2 art books and i love them ...i take them off the shelf every once in awhile and flip through them for inspiration! but after im pumped its time to put the book back and do some of my! drawing...

    im all about learning new techniques
    but the people i am frustrated with are the ones that have art on their site that are blatant rip offs of these people and i see it all the time and its sad...
    ...instead of doing the hard work of learning design and theories and practicing the necessary life drawing they rip off others. ive even seen people that dont even really need to do it but they did! its SAD! ...i know we all are not going to be the greatest artist on the planet but at least we can have some dignity!

    -Joshua

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    hey josh, it's their part to be sad not yours.
    they won't be rewarded by the industry for their work if they are only ripping off... the truly creative people (or at least the people going their own way) will be - at least i hope
    :chug:

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    That's what we'd hope, Gekitsu. But I've seen a lot of people get jobs in the industry by copying stuff. Makes me very frustrated and it suprises me when studios don't notice that it's a rip off. Ah well... not too much I can do about it. So you are right about just doing the best we can and hoping someone notices.

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    Hey Josh

    thanks. if you look at my site, in the mech section I am your poster child. I will make it my effort to do my own studies of these mechanical things. I've been wrenching on US airforce aircraft for 14 years, you'd think i'd come up with some cool crap.

    Thanks for the wake up call.


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    Josh,
    I see what you are saying and I have always tried to steer clear of what you talking about because i see it too. But if other people wanna do it, who cares, you dont have to do it. To other people that DO do it, if it makes them happy they are creating or psudo-creating, let be. It does kinda make me sad that there could be more diverse stuff to look at, but then i can create that shit and blow them away. So ill keep it real for ya but dont lose any sleep over the rest of the population.
    BLAST ON YOU!

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    Good thread. While evryone is inspired now and then (as it is nearly impossible to avoid in our over-saturated culture), there are a lot of artists out there who appear to be without an original idea bouncing through thier head. This bothers me quite a bit. Copying art we admire is how a lot of us come to know what we like, but there must be a point where you find your own style, your own rythym, your own voice.
    Obviously this didn't start with Starwars (it's just super popular with the concept crowd). If I had a nickel for every Frazetta or Wrightson rip off I have seen I would be rolling in dough. As I said, inspiration is great, but the whole point of art (to me) is to reach within and find an enduring personal vision. We are all at the mercy of our sub-concious in many ways anyway....why not revel in it? I think the main problem is that people compare to much. They see other people's art and say "I wish I were that good" and to get there they think they must copy. If more artists had better self esteem and the patience to put up with a lot of crappy drawings just to get better (this can take years....YEARS!) we might see some really fantastic art crop up in the future.
    Alas, this copying bug seems to be a historical pattern. Look at what happened to paintings after Carrivagio, or Picasso and Braque. Perhaps there are destined to be rip off styles forever. Some people would rather lift directly than work hard. And for anyone who does copy consistanly... believe in your own vision. I know it can seem like it's not quite there yet, BUT EVEN THE BEST ARTISTS HAVE LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THIER ART. No one is always satisfied with thier own stuff. But if you finally make the next step on your own, you can be satisfied knowing it was all within you. End Rant.
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