Last edited by devyni; August 9th, 2012 at 02:07 PM. Reason: Re-read that last part and realized I didn't really respond to the point Arshes Nei was making. Sorry!
Today I think some of his art is really good by its own right and definitely something that could sell.
Again My point was not exclude anything ...I'm not the first guy to say 'bad art' on this thread and bad art is still art and there is a museum for bad art as well, the question is : what is bad art and who are we to decide ? from what I see art that no one really wants, that no one would be willing to buy is considered bad art?
Personally on an intellectual level I believe bad art is something very subjective that each person decide for themselves: For example In my eyes Abstracts by Kandinsky and Mondrian are good and have value because they are inspiring and aesthetically interesting while abstracts composed of random paint splatters are meaningless and uninteresting.
As far as the main topic , I think its yet another beginner question thread that can be answered with 'shut-up and draw' or 'go out there and draw' as Elwell already pointed out because style is something that emerges with practice.
I hope you see that your question with "Style: good or bad" is almost the same as asking "Art: good or bad".
Some people will think its good,
some will think its bad,
some will think you need to work more to be able to say you have a style,
That is the way it is and there is not much you can do about it so you don't need to worry about it at this point.
Besides if I told you that everyone goes through these conflicts and being confronted with them and resolving them on your own may make you a better artist you wouldn't be so kin to skip out on these by simply adopting someone else's path right?
Actually, in animation the character design, prop design, and BG design are generally handled by different people.
OP, you're still confusing two different things I think. Try not to worry so much about what's good and bad - sometimes you need to fall into those 'pits' in order to see where they are; so continue to learn how to draw, and experiment along the way. If you're not sure about something you've drawn, there is a lovely sub-forum here called critique center & WIP showcase The only major thing you should avoid is limiting your exposure to all kinds of works, and allowing these kinds of concerns to stop you from drawing.
Last edited by devyni; August 9th, 2012 at 09:05 PM. Reason: Oh my god I just realized how whiny and compliment-fishing that sounded.
Style means "way", a way of doing something. Art-works are built up by manipulating phenomenal facts(the things that we can sense) in certain ways. You can depend on about 99% of people responding to your art-images in a predictable manner.
It is generally valid to say that a vertical line has a kind of strength, a horizontal has a kind of restfullness, the positive and negative diagonals have a kind of dynamism. These are the facts that we can depend on. A style of using only verticals and horizontals will look static, that is because restfulness + rigid strength = immovable. A style of using only diagonals will look dynamic since dynamics look dynamic. A style that uses these facts to produce pedictable effects on the minds of viewers is a true style. A false style isn't based in fact but on fiction, bogus theories invented in the deluded minds of their authors. You can't work with what doesn't exist.
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"It's use is it's meaning."
A false style in art (any art) is an attempt to fool the viewer that the facts and the truths of the matter at hand have been sufficiently analyzed and cogently synthesized as form for proper presentation. In an argument, a false style shows itself most readily where some canned bit of rhetoric has been baldly substituted in the rightful place of a more studious and cleverly prepared reflection, the latter clearly entailing a far greater difficulty of attainment than the sophistry proffered in the event.
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