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    Thank you all for answering. Things are making a bit more sense to me now.


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    Okay.

    Drawing is only one form of creatively "expressing" (I hate to use the word in that fashion because it's not meant as other have used it) the thoughts and drive that I have. If no one was left in society, I'd probably be drawing, painting, sculpting, building structures, mostly anything that takes one the ability to solve a problem, but a creative fashion.

    I like solving problems in a creative way. Keys my mind up and brings me pleasure.
    Well thanks for not just leaving "this" to others... thinking more about it, this is probably the closest to some of my own reasons for drawing. I've gone long periods without drawing, but I've been creative problem solving for as long as I can remember. Art is good for that because there are always new problems.
    I get bored easily as soon as something is no longer a challenge or there is nothing new to learn.


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    Very good question, and I personally find it hard to answer.

    When I got into manga at the beginning of the millenium, I decided I wanted to become a pro. I tried mainstream styles and tropes and "special" scenes or characters, and to harvest popularity that way. My massive amount of fanart even earned me that for a couple of years.
    I worked commissions, and kept working hard to improve and even sent my work in to publishing houses. Back then, I thought I was good; looking back, I sucked. Regardless, at some point I felt burnt out. Empty and tired. Sucked dry in my quest to increase popularity and exposure and maybe some money here and there. I was no longer sure if I was drawing what I wanted, or what I expected others to want.

    The French cartoon U nudged me into a different direction. The style was messy, the characters random, but it was still narratively decent and visually appealing. I realized this is what I wanted to do: Express myself and tell stories without being bound by conventions and popularity. Do what pleases me, and what moves me, to hell with conventions. I realized that if I was going to enjoy drawing like I did before the whole anime fad, it had to be all about ME. This was one of my big steps in that direction: http://fav.me/d3gvd86 - so what if a scarf for arms didn't make sense. He needed a scarf, the scarf could do the arms' job, so why go through the trouble of adding arms? That was my new reasoning and I am still in love with it.
    Of course I still do fanart and commissions, but only if I truly like it or feel like working for someone else.

    So to me, the ME is more important than the audience. I am an attention for my art, and I love exposure and provocation, but still, if I don't "feel it", I no longer draw it. I do hope I can still sustain an audience for my work, but if not, well, their loss.
    I can find a perfectly good job outside of my happy place (art). I don't want the obligations and constraints of a professional life contaminating/soiling my happy place. I respect and admire artists who do what they enjoy and make a good living for themselves, but it's not for me. I was always an odd one, and I enjoy odd art, or at least "non-mainstreamable" stuff. IDF fanart, or surreal depictions of my lovelife are my thing but Disney couldn't sell it. I just no longer enjoy mainstream content. And that's usually what sells.

    As for the question in the title, of course I would. How else am I gonna kill time until I die, too? Though the lack of an audience to show it off to, kinda sucks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    Come on! In what world am I the last surivivor?!
    Earth 2.
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    Is it weird that I've thought about this before. I came to the conclusion that yes I could.

    As much as It haunts me now and constantly reminds me that I'm not good enough for it, it is still the most personal and important thing in my life. Which just makes me sadder.

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    Um,

    If all the other humans died. . .

    I'd probably be lookin' for some vigorous necro-time with the better lookin' ones before they got too rank. . .

    just sayin'!

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    Drawing for me is story telling, communicating ideas visually to others. So no I wouldn't draw because art to me is very communal.

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    I think I'd be more freaked out or concerned that I'm the last human on earth than have my mind on drawing, really.

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    Won't know until it happens...


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    id like to be tucked up in a nice comfy grave
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    I think I'd take up sculpture, if you know what I mean.
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    Are you crazy? Of course, imagine the still lives you could set up, plus there is nobody to look over your shoulder, etc. I would also make all kinds of cool sculptures out of everything, and do all kinds of stencil work on buildings, it would be like an art kingdom. I guess this question shows me how much I really do love it, I got all excited thinking about it haha. But I'm sure I would eventually get tired of being lonely... Or I would study up on how to build robots and make my own friends. Gettin' a bit carried away with this question...
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    I think people draw and paint for deep seated psychological reasons that won't go away just because the remainder of the human race is extinct. For those who desire to communicate or be admired, I suspect that, in the absence of of other people, they would simply continue drawing in the hope that another human being or alien intelligence would someday stumble upon their work. (After all, the odds would not be much worse than getting in a gallery now lol) For those who do it simply for personal gratification, there would be no reason to stop, and a lot more time to kill.

    Either way, when alien xenoarcheologists dig up the place thousands of years later, they will certainly be amazed by the historical record that our race of naked, large-breasted women left behind after they were wiped out by giant mechs and dinosaurs.

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    I draw because I don't want to end up one of those people who work a 9 to 5, come home, watch TV, go to bed, and then get up to work again until I die. If I keep drawing, I have something else in my life, something to leave behind, and which shows that I'm progressing and not just stagnating. If it wasn't art, it'd be music, or writing, or dance, or some skill that I can do for the sake of it. It's just satisfying to be good at something, and to do some practice that's better than what you did yesterday.

    In a way, it is sort of based on the social aspect. I mean, it feels good when people are impressed by something you do and you're not just some schmuck. I'm not at that level where people would actually be impressed by my art, but why not take enjoyment from it? As long as it's not the only reason... though if someone's motivation is based solely on others' approval, they probably won't make it very far.

    If I were the last human on earth then sure, I'd still draw, because there'd be nothing better to do besides find a way to feed myself. Maybe I could do paintings of what the apocalypse was like for alien races to find after I die so they know what happened.

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