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Oberon by cptkrowe Oberon by cptkrowe
I redesigned [link] because she ought to be prettier/more intimidating. Oberon is an old old old OC I never drew until now. Probably because I didn't really understand her before. (That sounds silly to say out loud.)

I used my niece as a model. She's so sweet. <3
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Oh, this is so captivating to study. Every element in it seems to be completely focused on making the whole work vivid and memorable. You have such a deft hand and fine imagination.

cptkrowe Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
!!!thank you! No one's ever called my art memorable. That's the biggest compliment ever. It seems so rare, with all the art I'm exposed to, that any single piece ever sticks with me. I'll also except my 'fine imagination.' What is any creative talent worth if the possessor has no imagination?
Sorry to be so tardy in getting back to you. My computer flat-out died and I'm just now getting the hang of the new one.

I think you have several really memorable works in your gallery. One of the things that makes something memorable is that the work speaks to the inner life of a person, and is also unique and appealing. There is the element of surprise, too, in that when we find something memorable we are always surprised that anyone thought of it, or accomplished it.

Another aspect of it is having a really original style. Derivative stuff will always be merely derivative, but a grand unique style has lasting value. I think you are striving for a fine style, and you succeed very well. That is why your works are becoming memorable, perhaps.

cptkrowe Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I intend to continue striving, so hopefully I continue to find the right direction. I used to wonder what the "right direction" was, but this is the conclusion I came to: even if the piece doesn't turn out like you wanted, if you enjoyed the process, then you're on the right path. I'm finding the more I learn different ways to create art, the stronger I cling to techniques I like and the harder I reject ones I don't. Do you think it's the same for writing?
Oh, I think your idea of making one's efforts worthwhile by enjoying the process is really well stated. It's the only thing we have to keep us going and renew our energy, after all.

Do I think this applies to writing? Yes, although I'm only new to writing. There are surely many techniques for writing and many ways to go about the lifestyle of a writer. I have a few rules I've developed, and I strive to employ them. Often, I read works by writers who have styles I've not yet developed and I'm in awe of their particular flair for the art.

I used to be an avid hobby painter, until my eyes grew too weak to paint like I wanted. I only have one painting at the ErosMyth userpage, but I have some more elsewhere. Most of my life Ive been a classical musician. I play the violin in symphony orchestras, and have doe a lot of popular playing, too.

In all of this, I've come to a few conclusions about making art, that I'd like to share with you, because the whole subject always needs more clarity.

I can think of three areas at the moment where our creative life takes place. There is the art we create for just ourselves alone, because we love some style or theme so very much. There is the art we create primarily for others to enjoy, whether it be just for a few friends, or in some style that is wildly popular. There is also the art we create which is experimental, and designed to help us learn about something we've not yet learned, or branch out and stretch our muscles in unknown territory.

I think many people believe they have to adhere to one or the other of these forms, but really, each of us ought to have a strong dose of each. We must strive to do what we love, personally, and yet if we make art for ourselves alone we won't advance very far. If we make art that is popular, alone, especially if we make money at it, we won't grow as an artist, even though there is nothing wrong with being popular. If we never experiment or learn to respect other styles, we can't really grow, either.

Anyway that's my two cents for today. I'm still really fascinated by your thoughts on love. I hope to study your other note a little better.

Thanks for the conversation. :w00t:
cptkrowe Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't agree more with what you said about the three places our creative lives take place. I'm going to have to keep that in mind.
Aww..thanks very much. I'm glad it made sense! :nod:
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