|Detail of Art Journal painting by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer||detail of recent attempts by yours truly to master the technique used in the eyes done by the artist on the left.|
I’ve mentioned before that I’m still new at this whole world of art and there is a pretty steep learning curve going on for yours truly.
When I like something that catches my eye, I try it out for size. Many of the techniques I’ve been playing with have been adaptations of things I see in other’s work. Here, as seen above, is my attempts at playing with an eye technique that I thought made for stunning eyes.
Now obviously, as I have mentioned before, I think it’s important to know when to draw the line between what is copying for instructional purposes and downright plagiarism of someone else’s style/work. The question is, how do you know when you’ve crossed said line? Is my work, which is so directly inspired by hers, plagiarism? Is it far enough from the original? Would it matter to anyone in the long run if I used it?
Here’s the thing: I feel like if I’m asking these questions then the answer is yes. I cannot take this new skill and market it as my own at this point. Until I manage to work it into my own style and make it mine, the line, although hazy (after all my version of the eyes is still different) hasn’t really become mine yet.
But I’m working on it…