Never enough swords.
When I was in school this was (well not this exactly) The Skillful Huntsman style was the only suitable way to draw. It seemed like the only way to get noticed by any of the faculty, and students, and the only way for anyone to get some of their work put up in the hallways to be used at admission tackle. I absolutely abhor this. Not so much the style(actually, I do kinda hate this style), but the fact that my school would only reward students who would hit the Skillful Huntsman style.
We all wanted to be noticed, championed, and rewarded. So, of course we all tried to match this style. Only a few talented artists could. The rest of us probably felt like shit. I know I did. I know that I stifled my creativity for way too long by playing into that stupid popularity contest. What a joke. The school says it’s all about individual creativity. That’s a lie. It’s about teaching a bunch of ponies to juggle. Not to dance, or sing. Just juggle. Granted, juggling is cool, but it is just one trick. (Get it?)
The thing is. If you can do this high concept, super duper fantasy art, chances are you can get a job really quick. And that’s what the school wants. That way they can say X% of graduates got a job after they finished college. The school also wants to get more students. So if you draw a lot of pretty Huntsmen they get put up in the hallways. That way would-be students can see them and the admission reps can say “look what you get to do!”
“Oh boy! I’m gonna learn to draw like that?!”
“Well, you better.”
It’s a good thing I’m not counting on my good reputation with my school to get me a job in the future. There are some, very few, great instructors there. And those 2 or 3 are the ones that helped me see clearly, and set me on the path of becoming the artist I want to be. This isn’t a plea to stay in the school’s good graces. This is simply me saying that I did like a few instructors, and I don’t want them to think I’m a total ass. I held my tongue long enough in that school. But I could give a shit now. Plus, I’m just an angry bitter person and this blog entry plus drawing was really therapeutic for me.