At 1/3/13 12:20 PM, Template88 wrote:
it is my opinion that fundamentals should always come before stylization, and stylization before fundamentals is the great satan of media
I don't quite agree with that. Although I certainly think fundamentals are important, and although I believe that breaking fundamentals for the sake of breaking fundamentals or because the person generally doesn't understand them is not a good thing, I don't believe art necessarily has to be as rigid as always having the end goal be to portray objects as accurately as possible. I think the way you portray an object is just as important artistically as the actual content. For instance, in that picture that Fifty posted, there would be an entirely different mood if it were painted in any other way. True, if that style were applied to a different subject, such as that slightly terrifying portrait of Micheal Jackson, it just doesn't look good. But that doesn't matter because the style was chosen to suit one particular image. If you choose the right content, I believe it's possible to make a style work that would otherwise just be bad because the style and the content communicate with each other so to speak in order to portray an idea together. Art is just as much about the idea as it is about the technique.
Granted, I only believe this to a certain point. I don't believe it applies at extremes. The picture posted is on my border between acceptable and not.