i would like to dedicate this post to emphasize the importance of both these areas. In my opinion an artists should be very clear about practicing and dedicating time to both approaches. But most importantly to keep two different approaches separate. When your in production you do things what ever makes the shot work.When your at home you practice your painting skills to improve as a painter.
So here is how i see these 2 approaches.
1. time, fast paced work for fast moving production
2. realism is achieved easily because you use the element straight away
3.its easier to convey specifics and "WOW" people with a digital image that has a high factor of realism. The viewer sees more detail in context.
1.the skill is not in the painting its about integrating elements and balancing.So it has a lower artistic painters integrity.
2.you bypass practice of certain artistic requirements(complete understanding of perspectives, material work, light)
3. the mainstream of viewers think you "painted" everything, personally i think an artist should be honest on this point and mention the approach.
4. industry is flooded with "same" type looking images because the limitation are the elements them selves.
5. to practice this approach only you will be dependent on it and find yourself in an embarrassing spot when you paint something without elements and realize your image doesn't hold up to your other work.
6. its easy to be tempted to do this approach most of the time because once exposure kicks in it becomes a drug
1. it's a complete, free and utterly personal creation, no elements no quick tricks. Just you and your skill as a painter. Even though you use reference on the side to study and understand what you are painting.
2.It helps understanding a lot about visuals when you do it thoroughly.Visual language, interpretations and narratives will be skills that will make you stand out in a jungle of similar level rendered images that lack that understanding.
3. this impacts hugely on your production approach to painting, you can control light/shapes better. However the production approach has no benefits to your painting approach whatsoever.
4.this approach has a high artistic integrity. You can create anything without depending on anything.Then you are truly a free creator.
1. it's a slower process
2.it forces you to go and understand things you don't have time for or want to understand.
3. in terms of exposure to mainstream viewers unfortunately this approach is almost always trumped by the production approach because most people are rather impressed by render quality and details. However a truly great painting will still grasp viewers because the painter has mastered something very unique and difficult.
This post is not about choosing between these two over the other, it's more about understanding what they are and where to use it wisely .Lastly to be honest and true about your approach, the denial of using photos when it's clearly used only hurts you in the end.
if you find this post useful or helpful or would like to voice your opinions please share and comment.
Once again this is not about choosing one over the other, its about practicing both in their own environments.
4. Mainstream audiences don't care about how long it took you to come up the finished painting. They don't care if it took days, weeks, months, blood, sweat, tears none of it. They only care about the finished product. Only your artistic peers, art students, and art connoisseurs care and even then there are still times when they dont.
With this method there will always be traces of texture and color from the original photo left, but it still encourages painting form, light and values.
Does this mean this is something inbetween which can be used both for quick production and a more free-form approach?
My point was that this approach is maybe a bit more production oriented than standard painting, because you automatically get colors and texture.
Though as you said production is basicly a photo arrangement, which is far from what this technique is and I will therefore consider it a painting approach.
Wow this really makes me feel better about how slow I am because I try to paint everything as a new aspiring artist. I have not tried this 'production' approach because I don't yet have any of my own photos and I'm always afraid to use photos I didn't take myself hence the reason I have been trying to paint everything. Also, being an amateur artist I do not yet have a sound understanding of the fundamentals, elements, and principals of art and design and It seems that in order for the 'production' approach to really shine I would need to master those things first or else it would just look like a big blob of poorly used photography.
Thank you for your insight leventep. It was a great read and makes me feel like even though I am very slow at the moment, that I at least think I started off on the right track and should let speed come with practice and not elements yet. Also I have been watching your gallery for quite a while and your work has been a great inspiration for me to keep practicing. Thank you so much!
Yesterday I showed some art that made use of photo-bashing techniques and some 3D to a non-artist friend, who replied "wow! Your painting skills have really come along!" Haha, nope, I just cheated
I know that when I try to integrate something that I've painted by hand, it's difficult to make it look right, because my traditional painting skills are not up to that same level. Maciej Kuciera is one of my other favorites right now...he combines what I consider great painting skills with a production mindset in order to make images.
I tend to think of the production mindset as being similar to what Syd Mead describes as "making a picture". It's all about the image, and not specifically about technique...but good technique will help immeasurably.