Is there such a term as “great enough”? Or maybe I should have used “better”, I dunno. :P
It was always a common response to my art that it was “cute”. I used to hate it. Hate it with a passion, especially on my more serious pieces. And I thought, “Well. When I get better and change styles, my art will have more meaning. It won’t be just cute.”
That didn’t happen. Everything I made in other’s eyes were just that. Cute. And it annoyed me. But the annoyance wore off because I have accepted it. I knew not that years later, there was a reason why everything I did wound up cute.
Someone posted something insightful about individual’s art. And how that art reflects what type a person someone is (not in all cases mind you, someone can draw extreme morbid art for the love of it, but can be as cute as a dandilion. I’ve seen this firsthand). In my case, if you meet me in real life (well online as well but more so in RL), you will find out that I am…well…cute. I’m not tooting a cutie horn here, EVERYBODY tells me I’m cute. Not just looks alone. My qualities bundled in their eyes are adorable. It’s not babycake cute, but I’m sweetnatured. Even when I’m angry, I’m hardly taken seriously. Why?
Because they think it’s cute.
I can go all day about this. But what that person said about art reflecting a person made sense to me! That explains why my art comes out cute. It also reflects happiness because I LOVE happiness. Happiness and love. And mush…gotta have mush. That’s just who I am. And when I pour myself into my art, that’s just what comes out. My inner qualities.
Which happens to be cute.
So I thought, “Why fight it?” Changing those qualities mean that I’d have to change myself. And I just figured out who I am in these last few years. So if my art continues to be cute, so be it. Embrace the cute. Make more cute art. Not only for others but for myself. It makes me happy. And if it makes other people happy then it’s a double win.
Now if you excuse me, I need to make more cute art and designs. :)