Monday, February 25, 2008

William Blake: “Fine Artist” or “Illustrator”

If you were to ask me if I thought William Blake as a fine artist or as an illustrator I would have to call him both. He painted images inspired by his poems, to act as a visual aid. So what. I myself have had inspiration for paintings or drawings from things that pop into my head. Looking at it from that respect he would fall into the fine art category more then the illustrator one. But when you look at the time he lived in most fine art paintings were commissioned in one way or another. Back then people did not paint or draw from their imaginations. But he did, and because of that he was referred to as an illustrator. Most of us today would call anyone who can paint a fine artist. Or anyone who could use illustrator an illustrator. But back then there was only paint. The fact that I think most people of the time were not ready for the type of man who could draw inspiration from a poem is something entirely different. Who knows maybe if the computer had not been invented there might not be a clear line today as to what constitutes fine art. Although I have seen people today that make beautiful paintings for the purpose of marketing. Maybe the only difference between a fine artist and an illustrator is what the person chooses to do with his or her abilities in the arts.

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