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    Admit it Elwell this is your Schadenfreude


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    Define real and realistic please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashtonw View Post
    Are you for serious.

    Their art doesn't look like photographs because they didn't have any photographs to copy.
    You don't need a photograph if it's something that doesn't move. A modern realist does a building and it's like you're actually looking at a building, Vermeen draws a building and it just looks like a decent likeness, but not perfectly realistic like modern paintings.

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    What is it with you and things that don't move? I'm with Noah, please be a troll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashtonw View Post
    What is it with you and things that don't move? I'm with Noah, please be a troll.
    Because the only advantage of a photograph over a model is that it never moves, never changes and is always there when you need it. I can understand drawing people using a model is more difficult than copying a photograph, but those advantages disappear when the thing you're painting doesn't move. There's no reason why it shouldn't look absolutely perfectly realistic. Why are modern artists so much more successful in their attempts to depict things realistically?

    Not a troll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Admit it Elwell this is your Schadenfreude
    You say that like it's a bad thing.

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    Like it or not, those artists were realists and were commissioned to depict things as they really were, and the most successful artists back then like DaVinci, Rembrandt etc were nowhere near as good at depicting things realistically as today's artists."
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    Neither is this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwell View Post
    neither is this:

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    but it looks so real


    eta omg why can't i type in all caps ;_;

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtyArterson View Post
    Like it or not, those artists were realists and were commissioned to depict things as they really were,
    Not true.
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    I'm interested in why there was such a huge increase in the quality of realistic paintings, and not in other fields like Sculpture for example, where the masters of 100+ years ago are clearly better than anyone alive today at realistically depicting life.
    Also not true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtyArterson View Post
    Because the only advantage of a photograph over a model is that it never moves, never changes and is always there when you need it. I can understand drawing people using a model is more difficult than copying a photograph, but those advantages disappear when the thing you're painting doesn't move. There's no reason why it shouldn't look absolutely perfectly realistic. Why are modern artists so much more successful in their attempts to depict things realistically?

    Not a troll.
    You can't actually be that stupid can you? The only important difference to a painter is the sun moving across the object in real life. Even indoors natural light changes dramatically. Of course you wouldn't know that because you've never painted from life. Painting from photos is only hard for beginners. Its a NOOB problem easily solved.

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