"Art" / by George Qin

I don't really consider what I do as "art". Not designing for work, not drawing - absolutely anything I do, I don't consider as "art". But these days, art is like beauty and you get all sorts of wackos calling every little thing "art". I think it takes a certain (rather obnoxious) ego to call what you do "art" - As if it has any more significance due to your input. Rather, I think the best pieces of art are those that are created without art in mind. Those that are created on a core concept, and that concept is threaded throughout the entirety of an endeavor. It isn't cluttered with too many ideas, and it focuses on what's really important - and people feel that. People can understand the purity of an idea if you state it boldly on a canvas, unadulterated by other ideas, brushstrokes or text. Things like Nike's tagline come to mind - a stroke of genius that doesn't need anything else. to be bold enough on its own to sit on a white billboard. That's what art is to me.

So without calling it art, I wanted to pay a little homage to what got me into sketching and drawing. I used to be pretty big into anime and trying to sketch and draw characters and scenes was my teen hobby. I'd always be looking to improve, to find my own style. I tried copying other peoples' styles and it didn't work, I tried to make "art" and failed miserably. I drowned so many hours into it before finally realizing that it wasn't worth it to try and find my own style. It was perfectly fine to take someone else's and adapt from that. It wasn't a moral faux pas to copy, steal, reuse or appropriate - I personally don't have a qualm with it. They say that good artists copy and great artists steal. So finally, now that I'm taking "art" less seriously, I can see the error of my ways - and I can begin to improve.

Falling from a highrise rooftop before disappearing from sight - an iconic scene

Falling from a highrise rooftop before disappearing from sight - an iconic scene

This is a classic scene from an anime (which itself has been re-appropriated from a previous version). Bonus points to whoever guesses the anime. I've tried to keep it simple - black only, lineweights varied and post-edited for effect. I think this will be my 'style', but I don't know for sure yet. It needs work - colour sometimes, shading others. It needs more care - some of the lines are rather sloppy, specifically the hatching. In any case, I think it's not too bad for a quick sketch.