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Drawing Forum and Art Community • View topic - The new guy
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The new guy

PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 9:05 pm
by podel
I almost forgot to post something in here about who I am. As far as art goes, I've been obsessed with it since I was knee high to a smurf. I did a couple of art classes in high school, one in college, and even decided to major in the subject at one point. To make a long story short, I always end up with the same conclusion... I hate formal art training/education. Either I'm uncoachable in the area, or maybe I just don't think that's how the true artist should develop. Either way, I like how this forum works, encourages, and guides each other. Kinda like that movie "Accepted" when the guy says "Faculty Rise!".. and all the students stand up.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:50 pm
by jenchuan

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:18 pm
by podel
the irony is pretty funny in that... I'm also going for a teaching degree, but not in art. I feel that a person should always keep open minded to other styles of art. Thats what formal art ed teaches, and then they go off feeding you everybody else's style since the dawn of time. All the famous people ya know. But the truth is, most of those artists were ridiculed in their day for "doing their own style", and now all they teach are their ideas. Hundreds of years and they still dont get it.

I only got kicked out of one class though. I got kicked out of figure drawing 1 because I made a remark the teacher felt really inappropriate. it was kinda a joke and still serious. we always had the same model, some dude who was also a student at the college, and i said it would be nice to have a change of pace and maybe have a female model because there were just as many guys in there as chicks. she kicked me out, but everybody laughed and about 5 other people left with me. I didn't feel that bad.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:25 pm
by jenchuan
LOL! Sounds like the same stuff I dealt with in my drawing class.

And I'm sooo glad to hear that I'm not the only one who feels the way I feel about "style" and "formal education"!!!

If there was one thing that I did draw from my formal education, and it's funny that I got this from a high school art teacher, is that "the difference between an artist and a craftsman, is that an artist creates something that can not be reproduced, and a craftsman creates something that can be easily reproduced." And when you develop your own style, then nobody else can reproduce your work. Hence the reason why "paint by numbers kits" are typically found in the crafts section of your local Wal Mart. LOL!

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:48 pm
by duey
Welcome to the forum Podel. Looking forward to seeing some of your work :D

PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:38 pm
by Sonny Denbow
Podel and Jenchuan, I couldn't agree with you more. I had several friends that received art degrees and only one is making a living as an artist. I decided to go into computer science instead of art because I figured it would be easier to make a living, and my art teachers were not very encouraging. I firmly believe formal education is just a way to force people to conform to the norm while making them pay for the privilege.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:29 am
by bravoc-88

PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:22 am
by podel