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6-12-2008 @ 9:44AM
Here we go again. Run a photoshop filter on some screenshots and call it "art." If I was a modeler or texture artist at Blizzard I'd probably be pretty resentful of people taking my work, modifying it slightly, then claiming it as their own. It's the equivalent of taking a portrait painted by someone else, drawing a mustache on it with a marker, and then saying "Hey everyone! Look at my art!"Not to mention, what they've done with these screenshots is utterly horrible. It looks like a big mess. Everything runs together and you can't make out any of the individual characters. Put a little more effort into it and then maybe I'll agree you've done something worth noting.
6-12-2008 @ 12:06PM
can we see your counter example?
6-12-2008 @ 12:15PM
Counter example? You mean WoW fan art that is worth noting? Just google "wow fan art." There are hundreds, probably thousands, of artists who spend hours to produce original work. Do any of these people ever get highlighted on wowinsider? Nope. All we get are people who spend 10 minutes playing around with filters in photoshop. That's not art.
6-12-2008 @ 1:59PM
Breck,To answer your question about drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa, I would say that no drawing a mustache on a poster of the Mona Lisa isn't art, it is defacing art. Or at least a poster of art. The comparison is not really apt. We're talking apples and oranges.Here is the difference. I would say that photography is art. I would also say that touching up photography is art as well. Perhaps it is a matter of taste and definition. For arguements sake, let us assume that there are three parties involved in any similar scenario concerning an object of art. The creator, the observer and the modifier.The Creator: God/Nature/Mother Earth/Allah/et alThe Art/Object: A mountain view.If the modifier does a little landscaping, plants a few other trees and flowers, perhaps adds a nature path with benches nice little brass signs describing the natural plant life then me, as the observer, would call that art.If the modifier tossed a bunch of trash on the ground, I as the observer would call that littering.If the modifier is.. say... Ansel Adams and takes really nice black and white photgraphs, then I call that art.... although black and white is really a distortion of the actual art of the creator, who created it in full color.The Creator: Da VinciThe Art/Object: the Mona LisaThe Modifier: Draws a mustacheObserver: Me again... trash.Modifier: uses a recreation in a tasteful setting.Observer: Art.Creator: Blizzard Devs and ArtistsModifier: Gamers who take screen shots of the virtual world and then change coloring and give it a more comic book look and add text bubbles, etc..Observer: Me again... thats art. No different than a photographer who touches up their photos for artistic purposes.Sorry mate, it was a good try and I had to think about it for a few minutes, but it really isn't the same arguement at all.
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