Someone might have the freedom, but he might not have the skill or vice versa. That makes him an artist, not a good artist. Yes, his works can have just the same amount of meaning like the works of an artist that has all of the above, but hey... There are a lot of other people that can do the same, that want to give the same (or similar) message...
Oh my god I'm really sorry. I just kept on writing and writing and I couldn't stop. lol. Uhm, long comment warning:
A lot of art is subjective, there aren't really any guidelines to what is "good" art and what is "bad." Something that might seem like a random ugly scribble to someone, might turn out to be a masterpiece to somebody else. I don't consider myself a good artist--there is always something to improve--so I voted into what I think I would judge by if I wanted to say whether the artist was good or not: all of the above. lol. Definitely, my opinion would be first based on the style. Some styles I just really just don't like, but there are exceptions to every rule. Hard work and skill come next. I like seeing artists grow; I sometimes see artists that very clearly have skill but never go anywhere with it. And I also watch artists that I definitely think have skill and always use their skill to the fullest extent to improve themselves and do the best they can. That is just simply awesome. (And then I feel bad because I don't do anything...) The ability to adapt to other styles is not that big in my book, but it's something that will definitely amaze me. I like artists who dabble in something other than their own genre, but not, like, they touch it, say they tried it, and then leave it. Those artists who try out other genres, keep at it, and also improve, are the ones with the most flexibility to please the public.
And also, the public--that's where I will disagree with a lot of people when I say that I disagree with the statement that artists should do art only for themselves. I mean, I agree that artists should always stay true to what they believe in, but they should also try to present their art in a way that would make the public feel what the artist felt when they created the piece. If the artist can portray their feelings to me, that is an absolutely fave in my book. (:
art, is in the eye of the beholder... I am an artist in my own eyes, as I and only I understand the full concept behind my deviations. If others consider me to be one, it may be because of one of the above-mentioned qualities... I try too keep a certain level of diversity, a kind of growing skilllevel and if I've got the time even some complete style twitches...
big up to you bro... you've got all of the above keep it up.
if someone goes so far as to go pick up a canvas (or a mouse) and have a go, i think that's good whatever the result
I just like that people are creative
its exciting to sell work, and to get positive comments in here, but maybe a good artist is someone who creates firstly for themselves, because its fun and exciting, and because if you didn't do it you'd go crazy cos its like an addiction and you have no choice but to create, its just in your genes
Well.. sort of all the above . Skill in my opinion defenetly comes first. It is the one major thing that separates the artist from the others. However hard work and skill are very closely related. I have seen (quite a few) cases in which people with no skill (or almost no skill) have reached impressionable hightes through hard work. Even though they will never be as good as a person that is both skilled and a hard worker, it is still an amazing acomplishment. I might also be tempted to say that skill without work is of next to no importance. You may be able to do things other people can't just with talent but if you don't maintain it through work you may wake up one day and realise that you've wasted away what nature originaly intended for you. In other words skill+hard work = acomplished artist. Next in the line of what's important i think comes style. I am a ferm believer that it comes along with talent. It's importance derives from the fact that it is in most cases a calling card for the artist. ... That's about it.