I wish I speak better English…
I tend to think like you. Paint by number, yes. Sometimes.
Hive mentality. Restrictions. Specially for weighting and stuffing.
A craft or an art ?
In the same time, there are some rules to in canvas painting, for realistic portraits. Quality of paint, light and shadows, proportions…basic. same with reborns, there are some basics. To achieve the realism. Now how artists use those basics is up to them.
The fact is that reborning is more similar to wood painting, porcelain painting, glass, fabrics, etc. Aren’t those considered craft ? If I paint on a wood jewelry box or a vinyl baby…
Someone here was making “hochets” (sorry forgot in english,the thing that makes noises for a baby to play with) is it art ?
Or knitting or crochet a beautiful piece ? Art or craft ?
Often we say that if you knit an outfit, it’s craft. You follow a pattern. If you knit a kind of mural piece (yes that exist), it’s art. You start with nothing.
With reborns, we start with a sculpt, already realistic and we just add colors.like a jewelry box. The sculpt is art, no doubt, it’s create from nothing. We put paint on something already created. Is that makes sense?
The more I think about it, the more I see it like a craft, where we express ourself in an artistic way.
But whatever we call it, I dislike the fact that some artists think they know better than the others and dictate the rules. There should not be rules. We are not a factory with standards to follow.
There should not be any standards. People should not expect to get the same in any reborns. I think it’s up to the buyer to decide what’s acceptable or not. When we give standards to follow, we became mass producers.