I spoke of inadequacy and how it has hindered me in my artwork; However recently I realized that a little inadequacy is a good thing. While we all strive for perfection (which is never going to happen because such a thing doesn't exist in our world) , inadequacy teaches humility, respect and above all: improvement. In today's society, we celebrate inadequacy in the worst possible areas. What happened to competition and pure inspiration? We celebrate people for coming in sixth place in competitions. We give gold stars out to people for the sake of 'appreciation' and instead are encouraging mediocrity. While everyone needs that 'push' sometimes in whatever field they are learning to achieve and aspire to, you can't expect someone to improve vastly or with true heart when you congratulate on low levels of standards. Now does this mean improving is a bad thing? Absolutely, of course not. Da Vinci, Van Gough, Beethoven, Picasso didn't become the geniuses we all know them to be as overnight or even in a matter of a year. They worked at it, found their inner artistic talent and kept up the good fight of inspiration and imagination and left a legacy behind for hundreds of years to come. Some are natural adepts to art, some aren't but that's not really the point. With enough hard work, imagination, devotion, love and care, anyone can cultivate a dream to be and make it something that others will view and admire.
In light of that area, it seems the artwork community is completely satisfied with seeing the same thing over and over. Everyone has settled on this idea that true talent comes from what you can see next to you and then is placed on paper. For example, to draw something from still life, something that you see when walking to work, or traveling from city to city, making it look alive and descriptive to whoever is viewing it, as you see it is not skill, but inspiration. Putting the lines into your own style and making it atomically correct while maintaining the artistic venue you've put it in takes skill and talent. As an artist, many will draw anything they see to further their skill and level of art be it photos of individuals, banners, etc., and that's all good and well when you're learning out. But there's something to taught and inspired by when you put your real hand into the piece and make something out of your mind. The capacity to be creative, to produce new concepts, ideas, inventions, objects or art, is perhaps the most important attribute of the human brain. Creativity is one of our most valued human traits. It has given human beings the ability to change the world that they live in; and it has also, paradoxically, given them the ability to adapt to changes in the world over which they have no control. Our highly developed capacity to develop and implement new ideas arises from our highly developed human mind. So why aren't we using it?
Here are some of the following excuses artists use to not display originality in their work:
'You don't understand, it's not the easiest for me to imagine something and then put into paper correctly.'
I didn't say it was easy. In fact, it's difficult. It's a whole new level of retraining your brain into creating something out of nothing. Something out of nothing? What does that mean? It means, it's simpler to just see a photo and copy it onto paper then to take inspiration from something visualized or heard to you and put down onto something someone will both enjoy and admire. Creativity is not a weakness; It's a strength, so don't treat it as such. When you go to the gym for a workout, your muscles aren't weak when you start out, they're just not toned to their full potential. If you want to settle for mediocre skill and artwork, go ahead but don't expect your 'talent' to improve much or at all.
'I can create my own artwork, I just choose not to. I like the reacreation style more.'
Okay, I can understand this one to a certain extent, but how original are you really when all you are doing is drawing from photos or something that is next to you? Your telling yourself, literally that settling for lesser knowledge and creativity is better than originality, imagination and inspiration. Does it not take a certain level of skill, patience and meticulousness to do what you do? Of course, it does. The difference is: There's not a true challenge. Recreating can be tricky and sometimes frustrating but the true challenge is bringing yourself out of the box and into a new whole new light of artistic ability. Why settle for the stale, old milk at the store when you can buy your own cow and get your own milk? The idea to settle for less never makes any logic when it comes to artwork.
'You don't know what you're talking about. There are tons of artists that do realism and recreation of it that are very talented and inspiring that don't create their own art from imagination.'
Everyone is free to do as they choose, however those artists you speak of will never do any other kind of art or gain their true potential as long as they are demanding to use only references from photos and thinking that's complete and utter talent, because it's not. Does it take some level of skill and talent? Yes, but again, that's not the true heart and core of art. Inspiration and Imagination is.
'Recreation is a form of art too! Not just creating original art.'
And you couldn't be more right. You won't have originality with recreation, nor it's talent to do so if you only practice one tiny area of the art world. Because what is recreation's definition? To "Create again". Modifying the image you're using is just what that is: Modifying, not changing the idea in entirety for that would mean a completely different piece of artwork with no relation to another.
Why do we rely on skill and hard work alone and forget about the other half of the spectrum entirely, even when it's more important? Why does inspiration and imagination get left in the dust? Until the art community realizes that everyone has the potential to succeed and thrive with whatever form of originality they possess, we will continue to slink down into mediocrity, unoriginality, and to the point were inspiration and imagination will looked down upon. It hasn't come to that completely yet, but we're in the steps of becoming like that. People speak of going against the crowd and being your own individual person. The same can be said with our attributes and ideas and how we apply them to whatever it is we do, like art for example.
Have you ever heard a song that made you upset, where you wanted to cry or you did? Have you ever seen a piece of artwork that made you smile because it just brought nostalgia, peace or happiness to you? That's what art is: It's the capture of the essence of the soul through inspiration and imagination put into tangibility to the heart and mind. There's something to be said of art that speaks to you but is not the best in skill. I know each artist at one point in time has desired for perfection, but we're missing out on what we should be wanting; We should want originality and bringing your ideas to life even if you cannot express it perfectly. And lastly, leave the artwork you do to inspire others to find their inner talent and imagination.
Basically, it's time to start paying it forward with inspiration and imagination.
If you took the time to read this, I commend you and thank you. You took time out of your busy schedule to look over this and think of the message being given. In the comments, please post a picture you are most proud of be it new or old that you found that brought not only talent and skill in your work, but inspiration and imagination.