In order to understand WHY one as to look at IT.
Why is photorealism so dominant you ask,
well here’s my opinion on that:
We live in the real (at least I like to belive so),
what we perceive as “REAL” is everything around
us because we’re in it…and therefor it must be “real”
Remember the movie “Liar Liar” with Jim Carrey?
He was under a spell from his son so he couldn’t
tell a lie at all after that, and the movie of course…
was hillarious… I particularily rember a scene when
Jim tried to convince himself that the blue pen was red
but he just couldn’t. He knew what he belived was the
truth (the real) that the pen was in fact Blue so he
couldn’t just call it red.
My point with this example if not obvious is
that what seems real to you and I reflects what
we know. We know a wheel to be a wheel, we know
rubber to be rubber and a potatoe to be a potatoe.
If it’s drawn by hand it can still illustrate a potatoe
and we’d know this since we have the abillity to
associate. Even if it just “looked” like a potatoe…
we’d recognize it and say…hey …that’s a potatoe!
If it get’s blurry and not very well drawn at all…
we might start disagreeing about that and while
I call it a potatoe my friend might call it a stone
and to HIM it is in fact a stone…while in my mind
it’s a potatoe.
I guess abstract art would take us there
Personally I prefer “photo-real”. Why do I prefer
photo-real? I prefer it because if I have something
on my mind AND I want to show it to YOU…I’d
like to convey my message (image) as clearly
I’ve invented a new “super-cute” character.
First on my drawing board…I draw this cute
character…and it looks…well…cute.
But…then I create it in 3d…and it still looks
kinda cute and “cartoony”
Then…I work REAL hard on it and give it materials
and an enviroment (with lights) that resemble
our REAL world.
Now to me…something magical is happening, this
creature that doesn’t really exist…is becoming
PHOTOREALISTIC. What makes my creature
photorealistic? Everything WE KNOW makes it
photoreal. Little details such as dust and dirt in
the nails and corners, wrinkles with sweat and oil
on it, hair that doesn’t go in the same direction,
lights that tells us that there are plants/furniture
and other creatures standing in its way…
Volume lights telling us that the air is filled with
dust and dustmites alike…
at least to me