By Anonymous - 29/01/2012 19:09 - United States
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Hit it on the head. Look, I'm an artist. I'd even consider myself to be a GOOD artist (seeing as I'm currently working on an official, paying, *contracted* gig to illustrate a graphic novel, I don't think that's an overestimation). But no matter how great I am at anatomy, facial expressions, shading, color contrasts, and all those other little things, I would not attempt an oil painting. I do some great works in watercolor, but oil is not my forte. Oil paintings are, usually, quite 'choppy'- large brush strokes and un-blended colors streaking together, creating lots of hills and valleys in the texture of the paint. They don't capture ultrafine details, and it's easy to make a shape not turn out how you want it to. I can do amazing things with black ink on paper; give me oil paints, and I could give you something resembling a toddler's tantrum. Assuming the BF is an artist, the girlfriend should KNOW how much effort goes into a a single picture, how long it takes, which makes this so much worse. (example: 1 single panel on 1 page of the graphic novel I'm collaborating on, Takes an hour or more just to do the *ROUGH PENCIL*. And after rough pencil comes cleanup & detail, then comes inking, then comes shading, and then you fill in everything else. All of a sudden that 1 panel has taken me 6 hours to draw. And there's 4 more just on that one page.) Art takes time, practice and effort, which no one seems to really understand unless they're in some way artistic too. No matter what the damn thing looks like, you cannot look at a painting and not appreciate the sheer amount of man-hours that went into creating it. Well, you can, but it just makes you look like a person who's so ignorant even the blondes think you're retarded. TL;DR Drawing is hard. Painting is harder. Oils are damn near impossible to work with unless you really know what you're doing (and even then, abstract is the way to go). They're tricky to work with and don't always come out the way you want, but no matter how they do come out, you spent hours of your time working on it and only the most uncouth of individuals would react with such a shallow response of 'Oh my god it looks ugly DO YOU THINK I'M UGLY?!?!?'
Piping in as another artist, painting isn't really harder persay, just uses a different skill set. I draw a lot but my painting often comes out better then my drawings. I use acrylics though, not oils. Oils take forever to work with! You can do amazing detailed work in them (a friend of mine does), but holy shit expect to dedicate months to it!
It's the thought that counts right? Your girlfriend needs to stop bitching... unless you're a horrible artist.
I agree. My boyfriend isn't an artist, he doesn't claim to be at all and accepts that he sucks at drawing / painting. But for my 18th birthday he gave me a handmade card that he'd put so much effort and thought into. It wasn't the best looking one, sure, but it's the love and care that goes into the card. And I honestly loved it, I've still got it too. Alright the painting may have been not as amazing as she was hoping for, but she should at least appreciate that he did it for her because it's deffo the thought that counts.
She should be happy you took the time and energy to paint something for her. Even if it did make her look ugly and disproportionate.
Don't quit your day job! I hope you were smart enough to admit you're a shitty artist. FYL if you are fucking an ugly, misshapen troll who thinks she's "normal."