Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Is Video OK?
With all my implicit/explicit criticism of photos as subject matter for art you might be wondering what I think of video. Well I'd never even thought about it until I bought 'Winged Migration' for less than $10 and played it tonight. As I did so I sketched.
For me it was great. I think because the video is dynamic it seemed more like drawing from life, better in fact in the sense that I didn't need to look through some sort of optics in order to see detail. I'd sure never want to substitute this for actually being outside. But for developing skill in drawing birds as they move about in real life, never holding still for more than a second, I thought it was really terrific!
I originally was alerted to the idea of this by someone on birdforum.net saying that they used it to study bird flight. Needless to say, at least if you've seen this, it is great for that purpose as well.