At 9/11/12 10:52 PM, ornery wrote:
We can have new stuff as well, but it needs to be of extremely high caliber, and sometimes a users own creative work is better than a piece they try to make for a specific project with guidelines and a theme.
I never said anything about a theme, or guidelines.
Now I'll wholeheartedly admit that I am not logical in terms of the reasons I make purchases. But here's my view of it.
In the very little thought I give to buying a thing like this, it's what I perceive to be the effort that went into making it that makes me interested, or the lack thereof that makes me not interested. Effort gives a thing value to me. When it's a book populated with art made for that book then I know there's a lot of effort put into making that book. If it's a book populated with old art not made for that book, there's effort put in, obviously, to make the art. BUT the effort wasn't put towards making that book. The art itself has value, but the book as a collection of it doesn't, to me.
Again this isn't really a logical belief, because either way the art is in a book, and the art made for the book would probably be put online otherwise. But this is just a description of my 'gut' reaction to a product such as this one. I don't know if it's how anyone else thinks, though.
And I should note that just seeing art printed out in high quality isn't enough of a justification for my purchase of an art book, though maybe for other people it might be.
This can all be mitigated if there are other interesting things put into the book, like say interviews with artists, maybe picture making process 'tutorials' as they have in magazines like ImagineFX, I don't know. But I simply think that the more new art is in a book like this, the more attractive it becomes as a product.
I do understand, though, the practical difficulties of getting a collection of good new art for a Newgrounds art book.