This is something thats been bugging/confusing me over the last few days so I decided to ask you guys. When does style become an excuse for bad drawing?
(This is referring to drawing style, obviously)
I had never thought about it before until an exchange I had with a deviant (coughtrollcough) brought it to light. A commenter had accused one of my fave artists of being unable to draw anatomy correctly. I said it was her style. The commenter said that she just couldnt draw.
Now, I still stand by my defence, but when I saw the subject being brought up again elsewhere, it got me thinking. Who decides what style is and what is an inability to draw? Surely its subjective? Does it have to be anatomically perfect before its classed as a style? Does it have to be outrageously obvious?
For example, lets take Picasso and his 'Weeping Woman'
. This is evidently a stylised way of drawing. Cubism to be exact. Judging by the style of this piece, does it mean he cant draw? I dont think so. The anatomy is intentionally inaccurate a point I made to the commenter about my fave artists work, which the commenter rejected as an excuse. Another commenter said she has to learn the basics before creating a style. But this person is assuming she hasnt learnt the basics. Maybe she has, and has refined it into her own unique style, where the anatomy is technically incorrect.
Another example might be my work. I had someone tell me a pic was poor because the face wasnt realistic. But I work with an anime style. I can draw realism if I want, but I prefer anime. So does that mean I cant draw? That Im hiding behind a but its my style excuse? Does it all boil down to a matter of personal preference? If everyones constrained by realism how can there be such a thing as style in the first place?
You tell me, because I cant get my head around it. Seems like a lot of people are pointing the finger and shouting Stop hiding behind the style excuse before they even understand what it means to have a style. Feel free to give examples too. As usual, Im not looking for an argument, but a discussion. And no, I wont name the artist Im talking about
(Ill be posting commission information soon, I swear!)