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    Student First Portfolio HELP

    A little background on me: I'm an Art student in WV grew up on a farm and I'm really interested and inspired by animals and Appalachia. I had my first critique today and got some helpful feedback, although I got some feedback I didn't quite understand. One professor in particular said my work was flat, but I could really understand whether she meant conceptually or compositionally. Also everyone seemed to agree that my wood pieces were overdone and kitsch. I was wondering if anyone else sees this and can help me remedy this with specific examples. Thanks!

    P.S. sorry for some of the poor image quality on a few pieces
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    I agree about your work being flat, in the sense it has no depth in space. Study construction drawing and perspective, and forget about conceptual claptrap.
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    I think the quality of something looking kitschy comes from a shallow appeal to our sentiments, or what people like. You can keep your love of animals and appalachia, but look deeper into that interest. Develop that. Art and Kitsch are the same thing essentially, but one feels sincere, and the other false, or shallow. For example, what kind of trees are those in the first piece? Your trees in front of a mountain don't ignite my admiration for nature. But this drawing by Ruskin of the same subject matter does. There are lots of reasons for that, but the main one is that Ruskin's is based on his observations of real life, whereas yours is based on what you think nature is supposed to look like.
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    I hope that makes sense. Keep going!

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    Thanks! This makes sense!

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