In all artistic endeavors, there is artistic license. According to Wikipedia, artistic license is “a colloquial term…used to denote the distortion of fact, alteration of the conventions of grammar or language, or rewording of pre-existing text made by an artist to improve a piece of art.” Basically, this can be summarized as: In art, you don’t have to be right to be good.
What determines the line between acceptable errors and unacceptable mistakes?
Look below at the beautiful, and very popular, drawing titled Ghost Rider by Dan Scholz as an example. The rendering of the horse’s anatomy and the rider’s anatomy are both incorrect; yet this image is praised for its emotional use of drapery. The depiction of the horse is especially confusing because of the fusion of muscle sinew and bone, like on the leg where they appear to transition from one to the other with no delineation.
This piece of art has garnered fame and fortune in the open market, but it is doubtful it would have received a passing grade in a chiaroscuro class. What does this contrast in opinions and outcomes say about the modern state of art and the future of the craft?