In reference to : http://www.blenderguru.com/top-20-blender-artworks-from-2012/
Now, let me start by saying that I find all of these works to be technically amazing and very nice to look at. I can’t claim to have produced any finished works on that level, let’s be clear about that. I have a lot of respect for those artists’ technical abilities and hard-won skills. Individually all of those pieces are things to be very proud of.
However, this top 20 emphasizes a point that I have been considering about CG artwork for some time.
Nearly all 3D-CG artwork is completely intellectually sterile. There are no ideas being expressed in the vast bulk of pieces posted here (and not just here… check CGtalk!). To put it bluntly, these works are devoid of conceptual creativity.
In fact, 15/20 of these pieces could conceivably be executed with photography instead of CG. There would be no conceptual difference. Only 5/10 depict something that isn’t plain realism. The rest are caricature, mainstream sci-fi stuff ripped directly from Ridley Scott’s mind c. 20 years ago, or fan art.
We are students of a medium that can be used to create anything the mind’s eye can conceive. You can express, in minute detail, ANY IDEA that you can find a visual means to express. You can depict ANY scene you can imagine. You can convey any emotion, call into question anything you please. And yet the Finished Works page is clogged with robots, consumer electronics, naked women, and sports cars.
There is nothing wrong with depicting these things for a technical study. Everyone needs practice. I do it, everyone does it. Nothing wrong with it.
However. The year end’s “Top 20” is firmly entrenched in the same track. Nothing there that one could comfortably call “fine art”. Nothing that could ever be hung in a serious exhibition. Nothing to stimulate the mind. Now, I am relived to know that there have been more conceptually interesting pieces put out this year, by blender users, and they aren’t in this list. Fine. But the fact that the “best” art made with Blender this year lacks a depiction of a single interesting idea depresses me.
But seriously, consider the fact that this is ART. If you are making artwork for its own sake, then for god’s sake, use some creativity and don’t do another futuristic plasma rifle, “weird alien”, or Ferrari.
Anyway, I am not sure what people will think of these opinions, but I just wish people here would remember that they are learning how to use a tool not just for synthetic visualization, you are learning the technical skills needed to create ART! To express ideas! To communicate thoughts that cannot be expressed in any other way. Let’s not be afraid to do that once in a while.