I agree with Marcia. The work is technically excellent. But I think this
young girl, and the thousands like her in our classrooms, need to learn to
draw from observation and imagination using different styles and techniques
until they decide on their own personal style. I also have many students who
give me a hard time when I ask them do draw differently.
I just had to put in my 2 cents.
From: Mbhirst@aol.com [mailto:Mbhirst@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 9:42 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: You have GOT to check out this young artist
Ok...I checked out this young artists work. I agree that it is very well
crafted and all the important "things" are there ie. technical skill,
composition, nice line quality, self expression, etc however, I have seen
enough of these big earred creatures to last me a lifetime. This comic style
is abundant in the high school art room and most beginning high school
artists have copied anime or manga or some other comic book style until
thats all they can do! I spend a great majority of my time unteaching this
and begging these kids to draw from observation, too. This comic style is a
crutch that most young artists cannot throw away. Yes, the Old Masters
copied other artist's work....but I do not think that we should condone this
copying activity. In history, the young artists copied the great artists who
copied from nature. These young artists are copying art that has been copied
from art that has been copied from art. Some of my students have
successfully built on their lessons from this figure drawing practice, but
most will be drawing these figures when they are 40! And the eyes will
always relate to the Manga genre and the ears will always be pointed....
Just my biased opinion, but this thread struck a nerve.
Marcia H in IL