This summer, I was at a concert with a friend of mine. She's drawing portraits too, but not in a caricature way. Just portraits - just as if it were photographies.
When we talked about drawing and art, she referred to us both as "creative people". I've got that sentence stuck to my head for the past weeks.
I've searched up the definition of creativity. Creativity is, of course, to create something.
According to this website (www.creativityatwork.com/2014/…), creativity is "the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative."
So can you call yourself creative if you're making anything, no matter what combination or meaning?
Don't misunderstand me, I think it's impressive when people draw things so lifelike it looks like a photography. A few of my friends are excellent at this. But if they were to exhibit their work, you've really seen every drawing when you've seen one, haven't you?
- So that's my portrait of Barack Obama. If you'll all follow me around this corner, you can see my drawing of Lady Gaga
- ...yeah, never mind, I've seen music videos and pictures of her, so I know how she looks like.
So the big question is - is this really creativity? Is the old, traditional painted portraits really creativity?
Or can creativity be graded from one to ten, where these traditional portraits are a one?