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I'm often asked if I use a projector, a printed canvas or grid for my paintings.
To be blunt, the answer is simple 'no'.

I do use several vertical & horizontal lines as the guide to put the object in the right position
only when the canvas is big(over 1m high).

The reason I don't use those technical methods is simple;
I'm an old-fashioned man!
I consider myself more of an old craftsman than an artist in modern-day concept.
For me, practicing and perfecting my craft is as important as creating a good piece of art.

Some people say the process doesn't matter as long as you have a good outcome, but I don't believe that.
I don't feel completely happy with the outcome even though it looks near-perfect if I don't feel that my hard work is involved.

I may work much faster and easier if I use a projector or a printed canvas,
but I'd rather train myself harder and harder to be a more skilled and versatile painter.

After all, you won't need to spend that much money on buying a projector and printing on canvas
if you successfully turn your eyes into a projector and your hands a living printer.

'Master' is a title I want to earn more than the 'Artist'.
Craftsmanship is what I'm after more than any other artist-traits.
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Farvezks Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice, Sir
thecoldpaw Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep inspiring. ^^
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it's always about the process and not the end result but a collection of your end results will help you gauge your development.

Unfortunately, I have to use grid. (I can't afford a projector, I use straight edge). I am more of a draftsman and I was trained in mechanical drawing, thus my process. But that does not mean I execute without effort. To each their own :)
xhierophantx Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Well said! =D
blueprince312 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your right master :)
manycomics Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go for it. More power to you.
EthanMichaeL Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bigorns Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
You're totally right, man. The ends doesn't justify the means; actually, is quite the opposite.

I think it's totally weird when someone comes here to "criticize". People just doesn't understand your motives, feels envy of your ability and decide to degrade your dream. That's not only unfair, but also sick and ridiculous.
Artfreakish Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
True words. Powerful words.
smarticusws Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There seriously needs to be alot more people like you dude. No lie.
seanchuckhowell Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You hve an ego problem and that is why the questions about your technique and authenticity require you to provide responses to justify yourself and your art. If you were becoming a real "master" then you wouldn't get so disturbed like a leaf in the wind because of what other people say , instead you would be confident and steady as a rock.
MattPoncho Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
I find that to be very honorable .
Lmomjian Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good for you my friend.
sthefo Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Respect! ;)
Winrry Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I'm very glad to hear such an answer as you are really admirable artist for me. When I find out that people use grids over the reference photo and their actual drawing I always end up very disappointed as I don't consider it being true artistic skills. Of course I know that requires a lot of practice too, but it just seems like some kind of cheating.
leitchs Featured By Owner May 23, 2013   Digital Artist
All I can say is I agree; the word 'artist' seems pretty cheap these days some times. I wish I was creating work nearly as extraordinary (I've become lazy I think).
Smashbrudda Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Try earn the title, ' God'

andaerz Featured By Owner May 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Great words! :D
ThePeanutButterfly Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellently put.
portergraphic Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
That is amazing, however I would like to point out that the Master's themselves used many techniques that would be considered "cheating". See camera obscura and camera lucida.
That being said, the output of your work is exceptional so you really shouldn't have to justify your methods.

HoneyandChai Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always intrigued about how a person turns a blank canvas into...well, a work of art (I'm a 'behind-the-scenes' type of person). So the fact that you don't use a projector or any type of technical assistance is pretty amazing, especially since your work has the tendency of looking like photos. I guess what I'm trying to say is that your artwork/craftsmanship is utterly beautiful.
Astral-Muffin Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It bothers me how people pester you all the time instead of noticing all the hard work that goes into every piece you make. They may not like your style, but that doesn't mean they can say all that negative stuff about you I'm used to read by now. What you do is amazing. And if you decided what you want to do is paint as close as reality without the help of tools that'd make it easier nobody has the right to say it's less than any other style or method
kingofraggedy Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Yes. The word 'master' gets thrown around a lot. But you... you are close to becoming a master at your craft. How close? Now that's a matter of opinion. ;P

Keep going.
GreyRadian Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Wow thats inspiring. You truly are a master!!
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