Be a Supporter!

Imagination vs Skill

  • 1,790 Views
  • 39 Replies
New Topic Respond to this Topic
DrawFall
DrawFall
  • Member since: Jun. 19, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Blank Slate
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 19th, 2012 @ 05:04 PM Reply

At 6/19/12 04:36 PM, idiot-monarch wrote: I like how some people seem to be assuming that creativity can be quantifiably measured.

This is very true. Creativity isn't something that can be measured, and 'imagination' isn't even an expressible quality. In order to express what is going on in one's imagination, they would have to have skill of some sort. I'm not talking strictly about artwork, I'm talking about everything. To describe what one sees in their head, they must posses a certain amount of skill, weather that skill is in verbal communication, writing word, music, dance, drawn artwork or anything else. SOME skill is needed to convey the thought or imagined idea to another.

Everyone has an imagination, its what they use to think and to process visual stimulus in the world around them. However, skill is something which is varied among individuals based on natural talent and practice.


f r i c k e n a w e s o m e

PMMurphy
PMMurphy
  • Member since: May. 27, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Programmer
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 19th, 2012 @ 05:12 PM Reply

At 6/19/12 04:36 PM, idiot-monarch wrote: I like how some people seem to be assuming that creativity can be quantifiably measured.

Your able to make an educated guess on someone's creative ability just as well as someone's intellectual power. People just accept the # given from IQ more. But that doesn't make your IQ level more promident then anyone else's persay or your intelligence (unless your over the edge genius). There are and have been people with a high creativity they do wierd things off the edge even percieved to be insane.

While i was getting diagnosed with an illness i did lots of research in this area. Creativity just isn't as plain and bold as IQ but it is still just as measurable.

The-Great-One
The-Great-One
  • Member since: Sep. 2, 2006
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 30
Writer
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 22nd, 2012 @ 02:37 PM Reply

Skill is required no matter what, because you have to learn the rules of art. Such as colors, shading, light, things of this nature. Once you know the rules you can then break them... that is where the imagination comes in.


| The Interviewer | Review Terms 3.0 | [This Space For Rent ] | Club Stoic |

BBS Signature
N1nj4X
N1nj4X
  • Member since: Apr. 27, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 12
Musician
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 22nd, 2012 @ 04:46 PM Reply

At 6/17/12 06:42 AM, Ernosco wrote: What do you think that is more important? Having a good imagination but the art looks weird, or a very good detailed picture of an unoriginal & boring thing.

The skill is nothing compared to the ability ;D


BBS Signature
N1nj4X
N1nj4X
  • Member since: Apr. 27, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 12
Musician
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 22nd, 2012 @ 04:49 PM Reply

At 6/22/12 04:46 PM, Bit-N wrote:
At 6/17/12 06:42 AM, Ernosco wrote: What do you think that is more important? Having a good imagination but the art looks weird, or a very good detailed picture of an unoriginal & boring thing.

Imagination is nothing compared to the ability ;D


BBS Signature
momsbasement
momsbasement
  • Member since: Jun. 1, 2011
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 02
Blank Slate
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 22nd, 2012 @ 05:14 PM Reply

Everyone is an artist right? Anyone with hands can pick up a pencil (or without) Or one can simply draw something within the mind. Just imagine if everyone could draw everything and anything with extreme precision and skill.
The best ideas come from the imagination. Wouldn't it be boring to draw everything as it is?
I love drawing for one special reason. That reason is because of the ability to express my thoughts on paper. I do not think I am much of an artist if I do not create something that I think about. What makes good art is a persons personal opinion. To me there needs to be a balance between imagination and skill but how does one measure skill if we all have different preferences? Imagination to me is the key.


BBS Signature
TurkeyOnAStick
TurkeyOnAStick
  • Member since: Aug. 8, 2005
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Moderator
Level 25
Artist
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 22nd, 2012 @ 05:50 PM Reply

Looks like we will never find out whether Imagination is more important than Skill when creating art.
Oh well.

At 6/17/12 07:11 AM, Ernosco wrote:

Lemme guess, you're an artist who thinks they have a good imagination, but weird looking art.
yes, so?

At 6/19/12 08:14 AM, lucariopokemonsonic wrote:

Any reasonable person will choose imagination.

At 6/19/12 09:57 AM, No573N wrote:

Well, I think sit should be more to the imagination side. Look at the stick figure things...no art involved but you enjoy read or watching them

At 6/22/12 05:14 PM, momsbasement wrote:

Imagination to me is the key.

BBS Signature
PMMurphy
PMMurphy
  • Member since: May. 27, 2012
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 01
Programmer
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 22nd, 2012 @ 07:13 PM Reply

At 6/22/12 05:14 PM, momsbasement wrote: Just imagine if everyone could draw everything and anything with extreme precision and skill.

if that was the case then "skill" would be defined differently in that day and time in another aspect other then what is currently being viewed as. I find this point completely irrelevant. You cant have good skill without bad skill.

Honestly i think it all depends on what career field and path you wish to take in art. Some imagination would be better while others are more profound with skill.

lovingthedark
lovingthedark
  • Member since: Mar. 31, 2010
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Supporter
Level 15
Artist
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 22nd, 2012 @ 08:30 PM Reply

They aren't particularly exclusive. Skill allows artists to convey what they imagine: without it, all sorts of information is lost. An unskilled artist trying to convey an idea may succeed on a few levels, but I guarantee that the full idea, in all it's glory and precise emotional tonalities, will not come through.

Imagination is 100% necessary for art. If you can't visualize what you want to make, you just won't be able to make it. That said, absolutely everyone has some base level of imagination all ready to be amplified by skill, with the possible exception of some people with severe mental disabilities.

In any case, having a good imagination is no excuse not to build up your skill. If anything it should be more of a reason to practice, so that you can express your wonderful ideas fully and perfectly. Imagination x skill = art, but you can only properly control skill and imagination never equals zero.

OP, what sparked this question?


Basic Art Tips_______________Art 101_______________ Orn's Scouting Guide_______________NG Art Chat

BBS Signature
CypressDahlia
CypressDahlia
  • Member since: Nov. 25, 2005
  • Offline.
Forum Stats
Member
Level 02
Blank Slate
Response to Imagination vs Skill Jun. 22nd, 2012 @ 08:38 PM Reply

Skill. There are plenty of excellent illustrators in the industry who get paid for drawing really skillful renders of other peoples' concepts. All of the promo art you see on magazine covers and promo posters--those are done with skill, not imagination. Usually someone else drafts those, too. The illustrator just applies their expert skill to them.

of course that doesn't mean illustrators DON'T have imagination. It just isn't particularly necessary.