I haven't updated my journal here in a while because I had been in deep thought after one of my forum post on DA turned ugly sometime back. I had some friends, and some unknowns giving me criticism about what type of work I do, and for the most part it was either constructive or unforgivably brutal. I took me sometime to bounce back from that harshness but after much consideration, I had to come to a decision about myself and my work.
I am a ever expending artist. I have an interest in the type of art I create. I'm not interested in completely knocking off an established style or technique used in illustration. I have the emotional scars of a person that has gone through conditional art training. So I can claim credit for knowing what art means. It is what it is.
This defines me and my interest. As an artist, if someone doesn't like my content or doesn't understand my work, it's ok for me not to care. Commercial art and fine art are two different things. One is focused on propaganda of socially acceptable art and making the society you live in seem like a safe and stable environment for all. The other is a self study of the artist's own interest. I was trained to be a socially acceptable artist, and I chose to go the route of illustrating non socially acceptable art. As an artist my caring of being accepted by my peers should not matter much, all that should matter is self improvement on the content of my subject matter and the refinement of the style I chose. However I do acknowledge the fact that an artist does need some kind of acceptability to become an artist that can make some kind of a symbiotic living off of their craft.
So those viewpoints leave me conflicted as an artist. Who do I celebrate as an artist that make objectionable art? Well an example I use to find this answer for myself is in Andy Whorl, who celebrated celebrity-ism and the manufacture process of capitalism. Those two things became something that is now seen as hand in hand subject matter regardless of them being two separate commerce during his study on the content. He didn't do it from the angle of a commercial artist, but rather form the angle of a fine artist. His celebration got him into trouble on several occasions, and it brought to light to some of his non acceptable lifestyle choices. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with his subject matter or view points, it changed the way an artist is perceived in the art world and in changed the way we understand commercialization in our own society during the 20th century.
So I ask myself; what does my art say I celebrate as far as my peers are concerned? Maybe I celebrate nothing, maybe I celebrate non socially acceptable norms, maybe I show confusion in my celebration, or maybe I'm over-thinking it all. Whatever the case, I must remain strong thought the likes and hates to continue my own view of self expression regardless of its acceptance from my peers. After all, people come and go but the expression remains, whether seen or unseen / acknowledged or unacknowledged.
I want to thank all of the people that continue to follow, like ,collect, favorite, and subscribe to my social networks and my interest in the subject matter of my arts: darkprincearmon.com
You can commission me for art here: darkprincearmon.com/commission…
I want to open up myself a little to the public for cash of course.
Thanks for your read through and any responses it spawns.