jacksonvillebaguar said: 17,18,20,21
Oh ho ho, you picked the interesting ones!
17. What would you absolutely refuse to draw?
Anything that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, bigoted etc. I’ve always been mildly interested in drawing porn, but if I did I would never draw anything that had dubious or no consent involved between characters/figures. I refuse to draw graphic violence beyond some blood and basic wounds.
I also will not draw FAAB people binding their chests with bandages, because that promotes unsafe binding practices (I have drawn this in the past but will not anymore), unless it was as a PSA not to do so.
18. What is your purpose for drawing?
To express myself—my emotions and thoughts—in a way that I cannot do in words, to communicate with others, and to tell stories. I tell stories because I just straight up like to, I’m curious about theoretical situations, and to share more thoughts, feelings, and experiences with others. It is an outlet for me personally, allows me to communicate in more complex ways with others, and may help others with their own feelings and experiences.
20. How would you rank your art? (poor, mediocre, good, etc.)
I started answering this question and really it was an answer to the next one. So I’ll just leave this one at: I think my art is pretty good for where I am in my life/learning/skillset.
21. Do you believe there is such thing as “bad art?”
It’s true we can look at two artists and say one is better or more skilled than the other. You can answer this question but, 1) it can be fairly subjective what someone considers “good” or “bad,” and 2) it’s not as important as some people think. I prefer to look at my work and ask whether it is good or bad for the amount of effort I put into it and the amount of practice/skill/education I have at that moment. If you’ve only been learning to draw for a year, it’d be unfair to compare your work to someone who has been drawing for 5, 10, or 30 years.
Like, technically, yes? There is art I think looks bad, isn’t aesthetically pleasing, has an undeveloped or ridiculous concept, has a bad composition, bad colors, etc. There is art that is great that I personally don’t like. Sometimes it’s something objective and sometimes it’s subjective. But what does “bad art” MEAN? Like, if your art is “bad,” what does that mean? Does it mean you are not as technically skilled as someone else? Does it mean you aren’t executing your concepts or communicating your message properly? Do you even have a message, or were you just creating something that was supposed to be beautiful? Is it that people just don’t LIKE your message or share your idea of aesthetics?
Are you trying to make a career of art, thus the more skill, the more work you will probably get? So bad art means less work? Is it a method of self-expression, and you feel defeated when you can’t express what you want well enough?
Basically, I think it’s an irrelevant question most of the time. Or maybe not the important question. It depends on who you are and what you’re doing. I would never say there’s no such thing as bad art, because there is, but I think it doesn’t really matter as much as people think it does.