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Would you call my art 'Dark Art', even if it's colorful? 

70%
121 deviants said Yes
18%
31 deviants said Undecided
12%
20 deviants said No

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HimekoKurai Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Yes, if you consider dark art to be "anything that would fall under the horror category in film", which I do. That includes dark psychological, gore, dark themes, some forms of black comedy - all of which I think you've done to some extent.
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NEON8988 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Yes if it portreys dark emotions I think there are certain colours that coupled with black can diaplay dark emotions and atmosphere :)
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ConcreteRose08-14 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yes.
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Sucka-Fish Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes...if anything the way you use color helps push the "dark" theme even more.
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Ebiru-Zeru Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I would say yes because of some of the themes and tones--I don't think color and brightness should be a determining factor on whether something is 'dark' or not. It just tends to go hand in hand most of the time. I think many people also tend to associate 'dark' with 'evil/bad' or horror, which I think largely isn't the case. You take things people don't always like to talk about and make it more approachable, unavoidable, or easier to associate with, I think, which to me is a large factor of what makes something dark
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knock-on-manga Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say yes. Dark art can be colorful. What makes something "dark" are the themes and tone that you include. A lot of my favorite artist have colorful "dark"art. Like Kouyu Shurei: [link]
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Thanks for providing that link. :meow: Also, many thanks for voting and offering your opinion on what you consider to be 'dark art'. :D
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knock-on-manga Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ no problem!!! Kouyu Shurei is amazing! Her work should be spread around!!!!!!!!!!
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forgotten-light Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I voted yes.

To me real "dark art" or even stories aren't necessarily overly graphic with a lot of gore, or something with a lot of black or dark colors. For me "dark" is something more, where you get the feeling that something more is underneth the surface, perhaps twisted. It's all about presentation and emotion.

Your art and characters always have this feeling of something more complex and not completely pleasent beneath the surface.

So yes, but I do think that "dark" alone doesn't adequately describe your work, simply because the word "dark" is often just slapped on a picture because there is a little gore, or the person in it is wearing black lipstick.

Off topic question.... do you ever take comissons?
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
As always, you always make insightful comments. :D Thanks for taking the time to write this and offer your two cents.

As for the question, not at the moment. After the conventions are done, though, I should be free to take up commissions. What did you have in mind? ;)
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forgotten-light Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
oh and though I don't have any acurate pictures of him in my gallery I always post ref pictures for trades or commisions. That kind of thing matters to me ^^;
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forgotten-light Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I have a character for the story I am working on that I though would look really awesome in your style. (I don't know what kind of prices you have though... ^^;)

The idea of you drawing this character occured to me while thinking about your poll. He is what I would call "dark" in the same way I picture your stuff.

He won't be appearing in my story for a really long time but if you want to know a little to see if you might ever be interested, He appears to be about in his mid-twenties but gives off a mature air due to being much older. He is of the old fae royal bloodline centuries after the monarchy has ended and is a business man. He has slick back hair, and a clock embeded in his right eye where his pupil/iris would be. He is cold, cruel and selfish. His name is Kenley Thorne.
I won't bore you with more ;p
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DawnDestroyer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
but its beautiful dark art hon =)
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
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JohnYume Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well as long as "dark" is referring to "dark themes" and not "dark colors" xD .... Being "Dark Art" depends on the theme and concept, even if it's colorful.

Using "dark" color sets doesn't necessarily make it "Dark Art" either... For example, using red and black in an art piece does not automatically make it "dark and creepy". It could be "bold", expressing "urgency", "mystery", or anything really... because the main deciding factor is what is in the art.

Likewise using hot pink, lime green, or a rainbow of colors can be far more "creepy" and "eerie" than using stereotypical "dark" colors. It's how you use it and what is in your art.

Of course someone could botch dark art with "bright" color and end up with something rather comical. However, I think you do a MARVELOUS job of using color! You are not dependent on using "dark" colors to make something look "dark" in nature. I think that takes far more skill and talent, if I may say so.

So while not everything in your gallery is "Dark Art" in my opinion. I would say you have quiet a bit of dark, even if colorful, art.
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Thanks so much for your input. *__* It's always fun reading what people consider, and not consider, Dark Art. I especially love how describe the use of color and what it can mean/do.
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I decided to hide all the comments. Nope, there's nothing wrong. I just wanted people to vote without being swayed by my opinion on this matter. :)
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Warhound-CMP Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
(couldnt seem to get Add button to load - so i reply)

I vote undecided, I think the question is slightly vague. I think I would need more reference to the question... maybe that sounds lame...
I think its just too random a question. Like one of your recent journal comments (unless I am mistaken on content) where Fine Art schools are calling your art portfolio submissions too "Anime" fuuuuk! what the fuk.... I've seen and known "Fine Artist" folks who dont have a fraction of the talent and skill you have for drawing and color.
However I would probably say yes if I was one of the "regular jack-offs" of the world and not an artist myself.
So I went off in search of what Dark Art is:

"DARK ART"
As found in the all powerful and alpha and omega of all human knowledge - WIKIPEDIAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
DARK ART
"Primarily a product of the 20th Century, dark art is an art style defined as that being "dark" or unsettling in nature. Called and classified under many names such as gothic, horror, metaphysical, nightmarish, and disturbing, it is actually a culmination of techniques and styles. It has been presented in many forms by many artists, illustrators and film-makers. It continues to grow in popularity as a part of the horror genre and gothic, music and publishing culture. Today, it is a part of our mainstream culture, crossing over into multiple mediums including advertising, television, film, and marketing. While it has roots in horror, it has been presented as collage, surrealism, abstract, motion graphics, grunge, expressionism, and largely digital art. These pictures are often referred to as "gothic" and many people think, they are somehow linked to gothic subculture but in fact it is an genuine misunderstanding. "

If this is what Dark Art means than I would start to lean toward saying YES your art starts to represent Dark Art.

Note:
"Dark Art" not to be confused with "the Dark Arts" Black Magic etc. From the Human knowledge accumulation of wiki:
Black magic is the belief of practices of magic that draws on assumed malevolent powers. This type of magic is invoked when wishing to kill, steal, injure, cause misfortune or destruction, or for personal gain without regard to harmful consequences. As a term, "black magic" is normally used by those that do not approve of its uses, commonly in a ritualistic setting; the argument of "magic having no color, and it is merely the application and use by its user," backs the claim that not everything termed as "black magic" has malevolent intentions behind it, and some would consider it to have beneficial and benevolent uses.

or Black Art which is:
Black art (art nègre) can refer to: Art forms by persons of African descent. Again yay for Wiki. ^ ^
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chrislea Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I would say yes, depending on the subject of the picture and not the color palatte. I mean, I draw big-eyed squashy people sexually harassing each other and getting wasted on drugs and booze. The cutesy appearance of the characters doesn't make them "intended for children", but for some reason people keep saying, "You must love kids. I can tell when I look at your work." Um... no? 9_9

If dA drama's behind this, btw, just stick to your guns and ignore the haters. They'll get tired and you'll still be standing.
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sqeakii00 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I vote no and here is why.

You're artwork may extend to the macabre for feelings at time, but I don't think that macabre is what you're trying to convey. Your artwork has multiple themes and multiple points of focus, making it very eclectic in theme. Confining your artwork and art style to just one word ("Dark") would not being doing it justice.

However, if you're really worried about being horrific or disturbing when you're not trying to be, why not try for a different, more unexpected twist? Think outside the box for other ways to surprise your audience.

Hope this helped, I am seriously excited for A-kon 2012. You are going to be there, right?!
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Erika-M-R Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes and the only reason I say yes is because even though your color pallet is bright and colorful,
your style and the subject matter you often depict is dark. You are one of few people I know that can actually pull that combo off. :aww: please don't kill me XD
That's just my 2 cents.
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TimeDevoursALL Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Sure if it had a "dark" theme to it, like if it was a horror painting, even if it was colorful it'd still be in the theme of dark art.
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