Did Picasso get his hands on us or something?Sonic the Hedgehog
It’s not every day I get a mention in a cartoon video.
This drawing of Sonic and Amy is deliberately dreadful, which makes it kinda’ good (I’ll explain]. I made it when I was teaching English at a university in the middle of China, nearly a decade ago, and I got paid vacations for the first time in my life. One fine break I decided not to travel, but instead to stay in my apartment and start making art again. I began participating on DeviantArt — you can access it in China — and was a little frustrated that the highest rated posts of all time were cheesy fan art and similar dreck. I responded by making godawful fan art of my own and submitting it to the appropriate groups. This is one of a series of such ghastly images.
Recently, “Sonic & Amy” Googled themselves, and so there is a video in which the two famous video game characters discuss this work by me, among others. You can watch it yourself below. My segment starts at 5:24, when Amy says, “What the heck is this?!”:
My art has appeared in some unexpected places, including two PBS Art Assignment videos, but I was tickled when Amy articulated the name of my blog, “Art and Crit by Eric Wayne”. The video has been viewed over 500,000 times, which is more than half the hits my blog has received in over 8 years. Even something as ridiculous as this is mildly validating. Maybe some of my more serious art will eventually go viral.
Just a funny note about the style of this piece. There’s a band called Ween, which has a rather large cult following, which includes yours truly. I bought several of their CDs, and I had a theory that the secret to their unbridled creativity was that they started their songs by deliberately attempting to make something that sucks. Some of the music sucks so hard it’s brilliant, and even beautiful.
It’s liberating to cast off all the constraints of quality and convention, in which case any abomination is possible. However, in that freedom unexpected new connections are made, and an awkward new aesthetic can be forged. Sometimes I make art that makes me bust up.
My Spider-Man, above, was the first in my series of abominable fan art images. Curiously, when everything is wrong, then everything is self-consistent, and hence right. Upon discovering this, I seriously wondered if Picasso was laughing his ass off over some of his creations. No matter how cruelly you distort a visage, no matter how jagged the features, or if they are all jumbled on one side of the head, it’s still recognizable as a portrait. Lately, I’m completely on the other side of the spectrum, making realistic 3D art.
I wonder if I could make some stunning crappy art in Blender. I’ll have to put that on my to-do art list.
~ Stay tuned for the next exciting episode, and don’t forget to pulverize that like button.
Your own, personal, undiscovered fine artist, Eric Wayne