Saturday, 28 April 2012

The twin reality of the game artist

Earlier I posted about visual realism vs visual appeal. I have a theory. Brief but straight to the point.

Why betty edwards “theory” will sucessfully train accurate artists but can it make great ones?
as it teaches us to draw things as they are in actual reality. Drawing on the right side of the brain lady admits that and I quote

“we don't see things as they are but we see things as we are”

“to truly see we have to admit that we are blind”

 The root of Betty Edwards technique is that it teaches or trains or brainwashes us into seeing differently or seeing what is truly there. The problem with that is that there is only one “actual reality” but what about our own reality, is producing art the way in which we see it one of the important factors in making art that looks interesting?

Say there was a room full of 100 people and they were all sucessfully brainwashed via betty edwards methods to see the world as it really is. What do you think the outcome would be?
"insert Artist Clone machine drawing here" .generic rubbish. accurate but samey and boring maybe?  If trained or brainwashed to see things the same or as they really are, we cannot expect our work to be different and interesting. To do this we need to be able to see things from more than one perspective.

What makes art so great is not just visual appeal its visual curiosity. A piece of art can look pretty without necessarily being interesting. Sometimes we see something in our own reality that deeply effect or inspires us and makes us change the way we perceive the world. And that is the root of imagination. “inspiration”, to be inspired we need to exist in our own reality or be slightly blind sometimes.

Symmetry is what we perceive to be beautiful. But in our own reality we perceive beauty as different as the saying goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"  does that mean that we perceive symmetry as different too? In our own reality?
What would happen if we woke up one day as someone else. Would reality change. It would, maybe we would see things from a different view that is why I think it is important to find other “ways” of looking at things all of the time.

Human beings willing allow themselves to be tricked into a sense of unreality that's why so many people love games and films and fiction. I do not think that it is any coincidence that many people who learn to make games have less of an inclination to play them. Being a game artist is different to being any other type of artist because playing games and the skills needed to make them are blue and orange or the complete opposites.

Progress is only achieved by changing our perspective we need to do this all of the time as potentially great game artists. Its the only way to be able to be interesting and accurate.

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