so what is this thing called artistic voice or vision? ive heard it referred to a million times yet no explanation ive found could satisfy me. in our work, we are told to find it, but when im sitting there in front of my sketchbook i dont have some grand plan or idea i need to get across, i just have an incredible urge to create, and even if my work does have an idea behind it, it is never so glamorous as people seem to make it out to be. so is this thing just a way that artists will attract attention to their work, by making some dramatic 'artisitic statement'?
is it in line with the whole modern art craze, where we force onlookers to decide what we create is, and to find meaning in a mess of lines? or, perhaps, is it a concept that i cannot grasp? i dont want to think im completely ignorant when it comes to art, but when i look through a book on art, a college catalog, or most art publications i find it is littered with statements like 'find your vision' and im left wondering what on earth its talking about.
if i want to convey a sense of sadness to a picture, i know how to draw someone looking sad, and i would use dark blues and cool colors and such to push that idea further, but i dont think thats a vision, to me thats just how i would convey that emotion. is artistic vision the same as an artists technique, or is artistic vision simply the knowledge of how to convey an emotion or idea?
i hope that any of the questions i have posed here do not offend anyone, as that is not my intention. i think that this could be a good topic for discussion, as i am extremely interested in anything any of you have to say about it. again though, i hope that none of you would think me a fool for wondering about something that may be an integral part of an artists life... perhaps if i lack in this knowledge i can be enlightened here.
reply or not, thanks for investing your time in reading all of this.