banzaaiii wrote:you are impressed easily if the conveyance of happiness is what makes this design impressive. its a standard smiley, much like this :D, but with eyes like this ^^
Good lord. I'm not breaking down the complexity of the smiley. I'm commenting on the general feel of the piece. It's hella happy. It's also gruesome. That makes it strangely awesome. Sometimes it doesn't take much complexity to convey a hell of a lot of emotion. I don't disagree that the lineart is rough and sketchy, but I think that adds to the art's feel. Your comparison is an oversimplification.
i just think this coulve been doen much better. from a pure art perspective, i really dont think it should be praised too much. it really is something most people can replicate, or even draw on their own if they were given the idea.
And there were once art academies that churned out artists who could all paint the exact same thing, all infinitely more complex than this. That didn't make most of them great painters, once they had to have their own ideas.
The "given the idea" part is they key. Edgar's ideas are, time and time again, fantastic and utterly original. There's much, much more to art than "how easily could someone else draw this quality lineart?" If that's what we reduce art to, I give up. Likewise, if this is so generic, I'm curious as to where we've seen designs so similar to this.
in fact, that is exactly what i think when i see this design: if someone that doesnt have much experience with art is asked to draw a happy person that has just replaced his hands with hooks (non stick figure), then this is what i would expect them to come up with.
Because conveying success and happiness with a double amputation/hook hand replacement is such a common idea. You are missing the entire point. Yeah, if there was a derby with that as a theme, we might see better drawn art. What makes this appealing is that there's no way in hell anyone would conceive this as an idea, other than edgar, and that his execution is both very much his own style. Plus, I think it works for the piece.
i really feel the execution could have been done better. that doesnt doesnt necessarily mean it shouldve been made really complicated instead, as the simplistic style may be what many like, but i just think this is really lacking, and amateur looking.
This is more a matter of taste. I, for one, will always take sketchy and original and interesting over polished, shiny, and cookie-cutter boring.