Hello, and happy weekend!

In preparation for Inktober (which I highly recommend you participate in if you have the time, btw) I was looking over some of the artwork that I haven’t shared

manga chibi

over this past year. Many of you know a lot of times my artwork evolves around characters that are by design beautiful, graceful or otherwise aesthetically appealing. Most of my manga characters, for example, like this one here:

But I have just as much fun drawing creatures and scenes that are weird or scary looking, and it’s frequently more of a challenge, especially if you’re trying to imbue a character or creature with a personality that goes deeper than superficial. For example, take this leviathan I drew in ink, digitally in Procreate App a while back. At first glance, it’s a hideous monster. But look deeper and you see that it’s actually protecting the ships sailing in its mouth. This was a great one to draw, trying to incorporate hideous and bizarre features, but in the end creating a creature that was more helpful than terrifying.

Unfortunately we, as humans are drawn to beauty, and I certainly do notice more traffic with my artwork depicting beautiful or cute characters. And sometimes it’s even fun to go a little over the top with “cute,” for example this little chibi here. And there are some artists who appear to specialize in packing as much cuteness as possible into every single one of their pieces. But if we limit ourselves to either responding to, or creating works of extreme beauty or cuteness, I think we’re missing out on a vital piece of what art is, and what it can be:

Not just something to passively enjoy, but something to challenge your mind with.

So what do you guys think? Any personal comments to the theme of art and beauty?


self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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