The “earth” without “art” is just “eh.”

The “earth” without “art” is just “eh.”

The earth without art is just eh.


Above is a picture that I painted as a birthday present for a friend. Below that is a link to my deviantArt account. DeviantArt is WordPress for artists, for those of you who don’t know.

People look at art in different ways, which allows for a bunch of different debates.

Let’s look at the definition of the word, shall we?

  1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance
  2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection
  3. a field, genre, or category of art: Dance is an art.
  4. the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture
  5. any field using the skills or techniques of art

Also, the Nostalgia Critic gives a pretty decent definition as well. I used his video about it in one of my blog posts. Click here to see it.

But the thing about studying art is that you have to keep your mind wide open and realize that anything that is meant to express something can be art.

With that in mind, I have an assignment for you. It’s nothing daunting and it isn’t even really complicated.

For Fine Artists (drawing, painting, sketching)
On my blog Dragon Age – Opinions and Truths I have a section for FanArt. For those of you who don’t know what that is; FanArt is when an artist draws a particular character from a series. Knowing anything about the characters is not important.

I say this because you have an assignment to do and I warn you: it will require multiple tabs.

Your assignment is to critique the art in the DA FanArt section of Dragon Age – Opinions and Truths:

  1. Click here to go to this post about Critiquing Art and keep it open.
  2. Click here to go to this post about Basic Art Vocabulary and keep it open.
  3. Open this link in a new window:
  4. (Optional) In another tab, make a deviantArt account. You don’t need to add any art to it, but it’s easier to critique the art if you have an account. To get to deviantArt, click here. It is free to create. Artists appreciate getting feedback on their work. But if you do not feel confident enough in your critiquing abilities, move on to step 5.
  5. If you do not wish to create a deviantArt, comment your critiques on the DA FanArt page. The link is in Step 3.

The art in the DA FanArt page is either linked to their specific artists or to a blog post. You won’t know unless you click the photo. If you have not created a deviantArt account, clicking the photos is not necessary. Simply comment your critique following the Critiquing Art guidelines in Step 1.

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