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July 1st, 2012 #40
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July 2nd, 2012 #42
July 2nd, 2012 #43Registered User
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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.
July 14th, 2012 #45
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.
July 15th, 2012 #46
I've thought about this before, but in more of the context of being stranded on a island somewhere instead of being the last human on Earth. Either way though, it's down to whether you would draw without anyone to see your drawings. Of course. For me, I see art as more than a career, or a hobby, I see it as a quest, something that will take my entire life to get good at. And that's my main reason as to why I enjoy it so much; that no matter what else happens in my life, I will continue to create art, and I'll get better and better at doing it.
I don't think it's about what the finished result looks like or what people will think of it, because ultimately it's just another rung in the ladder, helping you to get better. On the island scenario, I would be perfectly content to draw in the sand with a stick. Yes, it'd be gone when the tide comes in, and yes, no-one will ever see it, but who cares? I would see it, and learn from it, and the next day I would get to create something new, and something better.
While I post my work here and elsewhere regularly, and at the moment daily, with everything from doodles to finished pieces, I still find time to do my own little doodles and sketches, drawings that I'll never show to anyone, because they give me some freedom to do what I want, away from all the pressure of trying to make it good enough to post. And ultimately, these are the drawings I enjoy most, and a lot of the time end up being some of my best work, and so eventually get posted. So yes, I would continue to create if I was the last man on Earth, and if anything I would create more, and on a larger scale. Carve statues out of the mountains, paint on the side of skyscrapers. Because it's more than needing to get a pat on the back from other artists, or to get good enough for your next piece, it's about the urge to create, and to shape the world around you.
July 15th, 2012 #47
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On one hand, I think I would be more likely to draw if there were no other people. The idea of drawing and having my work, thoughts and mistakes potentially be viewed by others is really terrifying. Even though I enjoy drawing, all of these other factors weigh on me to the point where I can spend an entire day or week completely comatose, because I'm too anxious about making mistakes. Yeah, I have issues.
On the other hand, it's even more likely that rather than draw, I'd commit suicide due to the madness brought on by prolonged social isolation. There have been studies done on the effects of it, and it's really no joke.
But if someone would come up to me and tell me that no one will ever be able to see any of my art under any circumstances, I think I would enjoy it more.
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July 15th, 2012 #50
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Ever since I read "How to Be Good Enough At Art to Get Laid" and started learning I have thought about this problem! And if I was the last person, yeah, Nooooo way I would draw, anything.
I would probably take up music, you know, calms the wild life.
Yeah, we all know those kids who pull out their sketchbooks for quick compliments from people who have no idea what they are really looking at.
I don't worry about them and I just try to keep going. Eventually, people do get tiered of them and their crap and they ignore them.
Besides, I'm sure that a lot more people who are way more dedicated to this than I am already live like they are the last person on the planet...so..there is that.
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you’ll find an excuse.”
Don't make the things that aren't important out to be important to you and all is fine.
To be honest, for me it isn't all that important. I like getting better at my 2d art, but that it the most pleasure I get out of it.
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July 16th, 2012 #52
Man if I were the last person on Earth I would HAVE to draw. I mean, once all the survival stuff was taken care of. Doing something creative would be the only way to keep sane. And possibly tracking down a parrot and teaching it to converse.
It would probably be a lot easier to draw freely. I wouldn't have that nagging voice in the back of my head saying, "If this isn't good enough to make money, you fail as an adult." XD