About two years ago I had a moment when I became aware that each of us is fully responsible for everything we create in our lives, including artwork. And that every piece of art we produce and make it public (even by just publishing it on our blog) will cause some sort of consequence and create a reaction.
Let me explain this, if let’s say, you paint a really disturbing image full of violence, depicting murder and post it on your website for everyone to see, some people will find it unsettling, some will get scared and maybe some will be offended and you’ll probably have to deal with those people’s reactions. But it goes deeper that just dealing with negative comments. If you create dark, negative, frighting images then you’re consequently also creating more fear and negativity in this world. It may sound oversimplified and a bit harsh, but to me it makes sense:)
I made a conscious decision not to create art that will scare or disturb people because I believe that, in today’s world there is already enough of fear and negativity. I don’t want to contribute to it with my work. I’d much rather draw pictures that evoke happiness and joy and contribute positivity to this world.
But don’t get me wrong I’m not claiming that everyone should make happy, joyful pictures or that «dark», disturbing art is bad or wrong! No, not at all! If you feel in you heart that’s the kind of art you want to create, and are ready to deal with consequences, then sure, do it. I’m not here to judge anyone.
Basically what I wanted to say is that for me, drawing happy, cute, joyful, whimsical, uplifting art is based on my conscious decision to contribute more happiness to this world rather than negativity and is a direct reflection of my personal beliefs and values.
Does your art reflect your personal values and beliefs in some way?
Do you think that is an important issue, at all?
P.S: I’d like to share more of my thoughts on art, creativity etc on this blog and not only post my illustration and photos so you can expect more posts like this in future :)