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OBSERVATION #201 - Some thoughts I posted elsewhere which I wanted to also share with any interested parties here...


• ART PHILOSOPHY - TRUTH, and INTEGRITY - *as inspired by the insightful words of Rob Liefeld.

The Truth is that the artist, amateur and potential professional alike, may be taught according to the ideal.  But no matter how hard you study, or how long you train...  No matter all the knowledge you amass, the talent you possess, and the skills you hone, the subjective taste of the public presides over all commercial endeavor.  The public, the layman, the viewer, the fan may know nothing at all about art.  But they know what they like.  It has always come down to that.  And, as with so many things in life, there are frustrations, and gracious benefits to this Truth.  On the one hand, an artist can study and practice his craft for more years than it takes a med student to become a top surgeon.  And yet the world will more readily take the surgeon's word as law concerning a medical matter than the illustrator's informed opinion on a work of art (even his own!).  On the other hand, this truth of subjective taste allows for a wide variety of creative expression, at various levels of accomplishment and acceptance.

The vast history of comic books has enjoyed such variety of expression.  And here indeed, the Truth of subjectivism abounds as talent of every stripe has sought a niche.  Comics never began with great art or great artists.  Here the less-skilled artist may find success while masking what may be deemed shortcomings, sheltering beneath the canopy called "Style."  This artist's lines have more energy and flow, that one's figures possess a striking exaggeration, and this other artist's pages contain more power and mood.
It is only occasionally that comics have been graced by illustrators who were finely trained.  But this, of course, never brought any assurance of success.  The very well-drawn book may go unnoticed as the fans favor a specific character, or the way their favorite rookie artist renders extreme musculature on men, and huge balloon-breasts on women.  Instead of simplicity or clarity of design, an overwhelming number of fans may be more fascinated by the artist who renders ludicrous details.  Or fans may just respond better to an artist's rudimentary skills, finding these more relatable than that of the more accomplished illustrator.  Certainly, those who hold quality draftsmanship, and an impeccable clarity of design and storytelling in the highest esteem may shake their heads in astonishment at the runaway popularity of an artist whom they consider of woefully inferior ability across the board.  However, this adheres to the good and bad of the immutable Truth of subjective taste.

What, then, is the value of all the study, the ideals, and all the laborious training?  More important than subjectivism, or popularity is personal Integrity.  Each must first and always remain true to oneself, insofar as this brings no harm to others.  If you aspire to be the best artist you can be, then study and train, and remain true to that.  Your reward is in the journey as much as it is in the results.  If your agenda is to craft a style that earns you popularity, then fulfill that agenda.  Maintain your Integrity.  It is your own, and it defines you.  Don't waste energy on envying the success of others, nor in celebrating their failure.  This is petty, surely unbecoming of a professional, and it is to your own disgrace as a human being.  Stay on your own path, and be less mindful of what others are doing beyond a healthy spirit of competition.  Embrace the positivity that this art form allows for such wide diversity, and that success and recognition are an unquantifiable entity which can be visited upon the great as well as the meek.  Worry less about being "the best."  If you remain true to yourself, developing at your own pace, and having FUN with it, then you already ARE the best.
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Jerome-K-Moore
Rome The Conqueror
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Current Residence: Monrovia, CA, USA, roughly 117 longitude, 34 latitude, Earth, Sol System, Milky Way
Favourite genre of music: Depends on my mood. Classical, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Film Scores
Favourite photographer: Peter Parker. Jimmy Olsen is a HACK!!
Favourite style of art: All art is digital if you use your fingers
Operating System: Central Nervous
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Shell of choice: Mi-shell Pfeiffer
Wallpaper of choice: Those realistic tunnel paintings that always fooled Wile E. Coyote
Skin of choice: African-American. But if I could've picked, I'd have chosen armor
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs, Popeye, Tom & Jerry, George Bush...
Personal Quote: "No! Try not. DO! Or do not. There is no 'try.'"
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Therese-B 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the pic of you and Chuck Jones! Two great artists with vision! :-)
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2ndMercWithAMouth Mar 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hey dude :D
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:iconfakepokemon64:
Remember me? We had a rather in-depth discussion on Superman's costume back when Man of Steel was in theaters.

Well, I'm back and this time I felt I needed the advice of a professional since I've been working on designs for a version of Atlantis.
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Bird-Lover25 Feb 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, would you do so,etching for me?
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TerraZin50 Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mr.Moore,I just wanted to comment on your work. You sir are an outstanding artist and your work is an inspiration to me personally. Thank you for all the years of great art. Your work has brought great joy to my life and I can only hope that you continue to inspire others the way you inspire me. Your friend in art Terra Zin.
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:iconbiggyguy:
Nice art i would like you to draw Superwoman in the same fashion you draw Uncle Super, Captain Super & Captain SUper Jr.
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Fateroid12 Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can u plz draw more Dr fate I luv him so much he is May fave dc character Eva <3

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Shadow-DJ Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I gotta say, JErome, it's to bad that Young Justice isn't around much anymore...I think it would have been a lot better if it stayed around...unlike the stuff CN keeps on like Johnny Test or Teen Titans Go...both shows I gave a chance to and both gave me a bad taste in my mouth.

You and the guys that you work with seem to care about what you do...those guys don't seem to and yet they get the pay check, and to me that isn't fair...

So I hope you get into something that really deserves your work. It's something you deserve as a great artist.
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CaptainUnobservant Nov 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Jerome, I wanted to express a huge word of thanks to you! Your work has been ridiculously influential on my own. I still hope that one day I can call you a colleague, because that'll be a pretty awesome day indeed!

Much respect to you and your work! :)
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:iconhewylewis:
I'm very sorry about the rude comment I left on your Avengers Hulk drawing. I didn't mean to upset you, I'm just upset that Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Young Justice are gone. I really do appreciate your art style, which is probably the only good thing about the new Avengers show. The writing may be bad, but your art style rocks. Please forgive me for my rudeness, it will not happen again. I respect you too much.
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Jerome-K-Moore Nov 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Steady, now.  I never said I was upset.  I'm a big boy, and I'm able to handle negative criticism.  I totally understand your position regarding those shows you loved and lost, and I can appreciate your subjective opinion.  YOUNG JUSTICE, and EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES are gone.  It is what it is.  The art style for AVENGERS ASSEMBLE was established before I arrived, and it is that of artist Jeff Wamester.  So, just as I did following Phil Bourassa, I was required to follow Wamester.  Everything else is beyond my control, and where one cannot be in control, one must surrender excessive concern.  We can only strive to do the best we possibly can in matters where our responsibility lies, counting our blessings that we remain capable, and talented enough to do so.  Ideally, I would love to work only on projects I enjoy, and that others greatly appreciate.  But life isn't always so accommodating, and it's the mark of professionalism that incites us all to carry on anyway, those of us fortunate enough to pursue and fulfill the dream of being commercial artists.
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:iconhewylewis:
Thank you, Jerome. :) I wish you luck on all future endeavors.
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Sombraluz-Images Nov 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love your art! Any advice for a "young" professional trying to get into the illustration industry? Right now I'm finishing my degree for Graphic Design, but my heart is in illustration. Trying to improve my skills (anatomy and the techs) is a starting point, but how do you get your foot in the door?
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Jerome-K-Moore Nov 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.

That's a very general question, to which there is no specific answer.  Commercial illustration is a broad spectrum of fields, made up of various specialties and industries.  If you know which field you hope to pursue, even then it's not always a simple matter of getting noticed, and hired to work.  The internet makes it easier than in years past, but still there is no guaranteed formula for becoming professional.
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Sombraluz-Images Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That seems to kinda solidify the research I was doing. And the gut feeling I had. Good to hear it from someone in the field though.  :D Thank you for replying! :)
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:iconbengtzone:
If you were given the opportunity, would you have wanted to be a designer/artist for a Disney/Marvel series?
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Jerome-K-Moore Oct 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I already am.  :)
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:iconbengtzone:
I meant as in a Marvel-produced Disney (Channel/XD) Original Series.
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Jerome-K-Moore Oct 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Give me an example.
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:iconjunkmandelta:
Just a question, do you have any art on Green Beetle from Young Justice?
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Jerome-K-Moore Oct 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Just an answer:  No, I'm very sorry.  I do not.  I did not design Green Beetle.  Phil Bourassa did.
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:iconjunkmandelta:
Oh well it was a good design as are yours
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Jerome-K-Moore Oct 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Very kind of you to say.  Please stop over to give Phil a kind word as well. :)
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Brand-129 Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your work! it appears when i look for for Quest to Camelot. You're really Amazing. :happybounce: 
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