Art and Originality

You can’t see me, but I rolled my eyes at that title.

The idea that we are not creative unless we come up with something completely original is somewhere deeply instilled in our minds. I strongly believe that nothing is really new, it’s just a constant rehash of existing or old ideas. Always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said, “It’s not where you take things from–it’s where you take things to.”

But what about that Picasso quote?

Good artists copy, great artists steal

A good artist copies another person’s art, while a great artist selectively takes elements from other artists or sources and then collaborates them creatively that makes the art completely unique. 😱 Tsk tsk. There’s still debate whether Picasso even quoted it. Maybe he copied the quote himself as some say, It was T. S. Eliot who quoted, “Good poets borrow, great poets steal.” And says, “One of the surest tests of the superiority or inferiority of the poet is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language or diverse in interest.”

One needs to have the creative freedom to pull influences in any form of art from unique experiences and convert into their own; be it music or dance, technology or products, arts or ideas, marketing or design, poems or articles. Find inspiration in the world you live in, where nothing is truly new, so that everything has the potential to be innovative and creative.

The question of authenticity in art goes beyond the hands that produced the work. What about derivative art that was influenced by others? Art critics and collectors try to assess the influence of one artist over another as they seek the original voice, an issue that can minimize the significance of a work of art despite its immediate appeal. What if the derivative work is more interesting or appealing than the original, influential art?

We create art in environments where groups of artists influenced each other: Michelangelo and the Italian Renaissance; Rembrandt and the seventeenth century Dutch Golden Age of painters; Renoir and the Impressionist movement. While authenticity establishes credibility and mind-blowing market values, don’t minimize multiple outside influences that shape originality and play crucial roles in creativity and emerge in fresh voices.

I had a girl on one of my social media platforms, sarcastically compliment my fanart by spamming that stupid Oscar Wilde quote on each of them for a week straight. I pictured her like this;

~oRIgINAL chARActEr~

You won’t find her anywhere else, but you can bet your ass the vast selection of anime I watch is what influenced the look.

Thus…making it a fluke, amirite?!

srry this gif is also for that same girl LOL.

Here’s some more fanart and a piece I did for my BFF aka my niece ~.~