Regarding equine art, can you take seriously...
...an equine artist who has never actually owned a horse?
Do you think that a person could become a successful horse sculptor/painter/sketcher (or whatever type of artwork they prefer) if that person has never had a horse of their own, or spent a lot of time around real horses? Is it possible? :-|
Can a non-horse owner really understand their subject well enough to be good at accurate portrayal, both in the body and the spirit of the animal?
There is no "right" or "wrong" answer- I'm simply looking for opinions. I get curious about things, and this one was on my mind today.
Well, I don't own a horse, but I do spend a lot of time around them.
However, if I spent enough time looking at elephants in photo and video, I bet I could portray them fairly accurately. Would it have the "essense" of elephantness? Not sure. But, I see plenty of equine art that lacks the essense of 'horseness" in my opinion.
I think there would be something lacking.. the deeper element of what the art is about. It would just be replication of shapes, not actual feelings behind them.
If that makes sense.
It's like me wanting to learn Bulgarian. If someone gave me a book of Bulgarian.. I could look at it, copy it down, maybe teach myself. But without living there I wouldn't EXPERIENCE the language, hear the rich tones within the conversations.
Hopefully that portrayed my opinion a little better.
I didn't get my first horse till I was 23...and have had three others...briefly...in my life...I've been drawing them since I was four...folks just didn't think kids should have horses...but you seek them out and learn from observation every chance you get! Now that I am older and can be mobile, finding live subjects is a breeze...that, and my husband has horses I use now for reference!
To add...it's the passion for the animal that makes susessful rendering possible...for the first 19 years of my horse drawing career, I was drawing horses from watching the TV horses and their adventures ( Fury, Flicka, Trigger, The Pie and all the Bonanza horses ) were like my own! You watch them at Derby time on TV, the Grand Nationals...we observe every switch of the tail, every chomp of the bit and toss of the mane...oh yes! It is possible to be very knowlegeble of horse anatomy without having one right in front of you in the flesh!
I think you can be an amazing equine artist and never once own a horse. You don't need to have one to 'get them'. On the other side of the coin, there's tons of people that have horses that don't 'get them'
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Thanks so much for your replies! I just wanted to get people's take on this subject.
Regarding equine art, can you take seriously... ..an equine artist who has never actually owned a horse?
Yes, I think you could.
There are plenty of artists out there that don't own wild animals but make fantastic drawings/paintings of them from photographs. I think their passion for the subject enables you to take their work seriously.
Thing is, I agree about no 'right' or 'wrong' answer to it, and you're going to get so many different answers for this, so I guess you need to form your own opinion and think what is right for you.
I think you need a good eye for knowing the subject you are recreating and have that passion for it too. If I have no passion for a subject, I lose my desire to draw it and end up with a result that I don't like. Your equipment and materials also play a big part in it also.
Your question makes me think someone has told you that the answer is a definate 'yes'?? Like you said, no right or wrongs. :-)
You definitely have to be passionate for art to come to life :)
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