Or other people's walls. That is the motivation behind my drawings and paintings these days.
I mean, it was, and it is pretty cool to draw faces. If you do that, please keep doing it. Often when I show my older drawings to other people, they of course approve of my, uh, decent technical skills. But then the awkward questions come: who's the model? Nah, I just found those pics in the net. (?)
There are absolutely lovely faces among celebrities. Beautiful, sculpted bodies. So I drew, uh, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlize Theron and Zoe Saldana. But really, what do they mean to me? Would I hang a picture of them on the wall? Do I really like them, or their movies, so much as to hang a picture on my wall? I don't watch a lot of TV either. I don't find a lot of meaning in drawing scenes from TV series, or movies. It works really well for other people. Just not for me.
I love women. The female body is really pleasant to look at in artworks. (Uh, there are children reading this, so I'll refrain from discussing eroticism
) But what would my guests say if I hang, uh, an "akt" in my living room? Both my mother and my girlfriend would certainly disapprove. There is room for drawing naked girls, but they will have to remain in my portfolio.
No worries, you guys here in dA will still get to see them.
Nature seems to elicit less questions, haha. I guess it's easier to understand that I like nature. It's more of a common ground. Beautifully drawn faces are super popular in dA. I drew a number of those myself. But a lot of people seem to find landscapes quite boring, and I wonder whether the late Bob Ross has anything to do with that. I guess his approach of "oil painting for everyone" made his art form very common, less unique and seemingly less interesting. You don't know Bob? He used to have a TV show in the US where he would teach people how to paint. Today you can find pieces of his show in YouTube (as well as several parodies). Well, he painted landscapes which he made up almost on the fly. Rivers, waterfalls, blue mountains in a distant background. Yeah, exactly what you think when they tell you a landscape with oils. I don't think he was the first to paint that style, but I think his show made it super popular. You can also find on YouTube the young Kevin Hill who does something very much like that. Anyway, a lot of people caught on with oil painting with Bob's show, and they would paint stuff in his style. Probably you've been to a flea market or any sort of exhibition, and boom, there's somebody selling the typical oil landscapes. And a lot of people catch on and buy that stuff, and hang it in their walls. I'm sure you've been to a house where they have them, if you don't already own one of those. After considering that, I guess I can't blame people if they find landscapes boring.
So... a review of the literature will tell me what others have done. The question is, what should I
do? So far I am still copying references, and although I have changed the subject matter, things are painted essentially the same way I learnt after drawing portraits. I just wish I had a subject matter I really feel identified with, to turn into a style of my own. Kind of to tell people "this is me", at least art-wise. Bob Ross painted peaceful landscapes. Rembrandt painted mostly portraits. Rothko painted colours and stripes. Aleksandr Yuzhakov paints seascapes with sailboats. Vladimir Volegov paints beautiful Russian girls that almost never look at you. My dA friend Pam Earleywine is all about wildlife in the Northwest United States. Wlodzimierz Kuklinski does those beautiful girls in contrasted scenes that often include a grand piano for no reason. And so many others with a pretty consistent style, whose artwork I admire that are pretty much big declarations "This is who I am!" I love them for that. And I am not alone.
I just have to figure out now the message I want to spread to the world
Or who I am, if you want to put it like that. Then I'll be proud to hang that stuff on my wall. And so will other people, I hope.