I have a question, but I'm not looking for the obvious answer that I know will be at the tip of most people's tongue - if I might explain more.
It would be an obvious answer to say that one should use professional grade supplies when creating art which they hope to eventually sell - be it paints, papers, pencils, inks, etc. But it seems often times, it's amateurs who get more caught up in the set-in-stone ways that things must be done, and the professionals who break those rules and are thus applauded. It could be people who say that you can't use an iPhone or Polaroid to create professional images, and then you'll have someone(s) exhibit who used one of those exclusively. Same with any other visual artist.
So I'm seriously wondering, for all the countless articles or posts I have come across that demands an artist must use higher end paints, higher end paper, higher end pencils/pastels/crayons, and all of that stuff - is that literally the only choice? Is it not possible nor feasible that an artist could go to the dollar store and buy construction paper, pastels, paints, cardboard, coloured tape, etc - and use that for their project.
I can search around on Artsy and find all sorts of mixed media items, and all sorts of materials pop up such as lined notebook paper, newspaper, and other items that they don't sell in art supply shops as professional grade. I feel like if a professional artist wanted to make whatever they decided on with whatever materials they choose to use, regardless of whether they were the most expensive or the cheapest, junk they could buy - if the art was interesting and fitting of their style/brand, people would still applaud it. Am I wrong?
Last edited by Dots; 07-29-2016 at 07:40 AM.