Is that a bad thing? Just as an FYI on my skills - I haven't attended any art schools yet (well, I attended Academy of Art's high school programs) so I have no formal training other than a couple of drawing classes at my local community college. I've always been able to draw though, but it's only recently that I've started doing more realism. I consider myself to be very rational/scientific when it comes to doing still life or copying anything from real life basically, in a sense that I have all the information there, it's just a matter of problem solving in order to make it look either realistic enough or as realistic as possible. I never made a "as realistic as possible" drawing or painting but I don't think it's impossible.
Now, I'm putting together a portfolio and I'm having a problem including pieces that I actually like. For me, there's a technical standard in which I personally have to live up to because I know better (my heroes including such artists like Michael Hussar and 15th-16th century artists like Caravaggio and Rembrandt.) Unfortunately my standards aren't living up to my skills yet. I mean, I have no problem doing still life, but when it comes to imaginative/concept art, I'm just stumped.
Don't get me wrong, I'm probably one of the most imaginative people around being that I love fantasizing about fantastic things. I just have a problem executing them correctly on paper. If I were able to get some models in costumes in a set (all of which I can pick out), that would be no problem for me to draw, but I have none of that.
So should I still push forward to try and make things work with my imaginative drawings even though they might turn out mediocre and not live up to my expectation or should I just stick to what I'm good at right now, which would be a lot of still life and self portraits? I have so many good ideas, but at the same time I don't want to show the school art that I'm not happy with.
Are there any tips any of you pros can give me? Any exercises to better my imagination concept-to-paper skills? I know it's a common dilemma and usually I just wouldn't ask for help, but I just need some advice from anyone of you who can provide any because I need to turn in this portfolio asap. I guess I'm getting what you can consider as the artist's equivalent of a writer's block. Such bad timing too.