I've been meaning to touch upon this subject a while now so here we go!
How do we become who we are? How we speak, how we behave with certain people or how we paint?
By observing others of course - Wether it be friends, family or the people on TV - We always pick up on things that we like and subconsiously try to emulate it.
A fine example is how you easily pick up new accents wherever you go. We adapt.
The same goes for art in the sense that you rarely draw your own style - Especially when it comes to the cartoon or manga style. Like me! I started drawing manga based on what I'd seen in animes and manga books. The past couple of years I've been trying really hard to find a style that I can call my own though, but in the end it will be a mix between other styles. Of course, this is not what bothers me, because picking up on other peoples styles and techniques is what makes you grow as an artist.
No, what bothers and makes me sad, is when people aim to completely recreate another persons style. It might be because the person really admires that style and the artist in question, or it might be because they think that is the style that gives them the most attention.
Whatever the reason may be I always think to myself what a horrible waste of talent it is. We are so many people on this earth, and yet we all look different - Why can't our art look different as well? I'm especially referring to anime artists because that's the scene I'm most familiar with. I see so many anime styles that are impossible to differentiate. Even if they are done by completely different artists.
Now, of course it's really difficult to recreate someone's style completely since even the smallest adjustment in the lineart could be crusial. But that's not the point.
I think what it all comes down to, in my oppinion, is that all this has to do with peer pressure and the need to perform and impress those around you. Especially on DeviantART. Unfortunately I haven't had the honor of knowing alot of artists outside of DA since I've been here since 2006 so I can't really talk much for others.
But think about it; Imagine you being an artist before mass communication were available such as the internet. Why would you be doing art?
Because I love to create. I wouldn't have the thought of making fanart just to get attention. I wouldn't feel the pressure of drawing something that hopefully would get me alot of favs. I know alot of talented people here on DA which art just doesn't seem to relate to the masses even if they are amazing at what they do and because of the lack of love they get, they start to question what they're doing wrong, even if their art is always improving.
Why? Peer pressure! The need to perform! We have to draw art that will get loved by the community or else we've failed!WRONG.
You draw because you love to. You don't need to impress others if you love what you do, be unique.
You don't need a reason to love someone. As long as you love her, that's all that matters.
As the poet, Edward Young, once said: "Born Originals, how comes it to pass that we die Copies?
What do you think?
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