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The Herd Mentality (In the Art Industry)

It’s not just the art industry that falls into the trap of the ‘Herd Mentality’, it’s basically what plagues Mankind. We are more sheep than shepherd. Fear has a strong hold in our lives whether we deny it or not. People are afraid to explore because of the fear of the unknown or perceived failures. Yes, some of you may argue that it has been tried and tested, which is why we remain in the comfort zone. But only by going against the social norms and comfort zones do breakthroughs happen. Often, common issues get dismissed and overlooked.

In the art industry, we have what we call the ‘Popular Vote’. This may seem normal but in its essence, it is encouraging the herd mentality. Say for example, would you vote for something that you like (e.g. a favourite character) over something that is better in art execution and originality?  To expand on this, let’s say both are your favourite characters. One looks more realistic but is copied from a reference and has sloppy colours. The other is not as realistic but is created from scratch with nice colours. Most people tend to go for the more realistic one. This is a classic trap of ‘Style Over Substance’. This is why ‘hot air’ continues to exist and fool many. The ‘eye candy’ without any substance.

Many artists face this dilemma of drawing something original over copying a popular reference in order to get recognition by the hoi polloi, the majority with no artistic background. I may or may not be broaching a taboo subject but this is a brutal industry. Even people with artistic background can fall into the trap of voting their favourite. However, it’s not unusual to see a disagreement between the art critics and the general masses.

So how do we resolve this? Observe and learn, resist the ancestors of Man’s instincts of fight or flight. It may be useful in the past but not in this case. In this day and age, thinking things through are often more rewarding.

Have a sheep:

Sheep

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Drawing Case Studies

 

Case Studies

The task is to draw two objects from references and one directly from my imagination (which is the third one).


Laotian Wat in Luang Prabang

Laotian Wat

A panoramic view of a wat (a Buddhist monastery or temple) in Luang Prabang, Laos. There are a lot of French and Buddhist influences here.


Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek


Butterfly Haven

 

Butterfly Haven

A butterfly farm in the highlands.


Sekinchan Panorama

Sekinchan Panorama

Stitched from seven 16:9 photos. It was a really hot day.


Archaeopteryx Hybrid (1hr 31mins Sketch) WIP

This is a continuation of the sketch from this post: 16mins Sketch

After further brainstorming, I decided to change the gender, age and species to a clumsy female youngling. I wanted a challenge. Neither acknowledged by humans nor Archaeopteryx, it has to learn how to live in the dangerous world.

I guess this falls into the survival genre.

It is not easy combining two species that have anatomies from both extreme ends. The way the human joints bend are the exact opposite of how the Archaeopteryx’s joints work in various areas.

More to come…

 


16mins Sketch (Work in Progress)

I’m back! 🙂

A 16 mins work-in-progress, will post more. Somehow watching Fast and Furious 8 triggered my need to draw something.


Nature’s Self Destruction

Nature's Self Destruction

Aftermath of typhoon in China.


Impression Dahongpao

Impression Dahongpao

A night scene of “Impression Dahongpao” by Zhang Yimou taken with the camera Sony A600.