Going through the self-portrait thread, I noticed that a lot of the best artists here use a realistic style. Is there anyone else here who shares my preference for more impressionist styles?
I'm a semi-professional CG artist, and one of the things which attracted me to rendered CG art in the first place was the way the early CG software produced shiny, plasticky, utterly unrealistic figures. As the years passed and the software became more sophisticated, rendered CG art became more realistic, passing through the uncanny valley, and finally hiking slowly up the far side. As a result, my artwork began to lose traction. I got less paying work and far fewer fans, since people felt that I had "fallen behind" by not increasing the realism of my work.
If I wanted to produce photorealistic work, I could. I have the skills, I have the software, and I have a monstrous rig which can handle the rendering. I just see no reason why I should spend thousands and thousands of dollars and spend huge quantities of time to produce something which looks like a photograph a $5 disposible camera could have created in less than a second.
Do most of you prefer realism in your own art? And I suppose I should ask whether you prefer realism in other people's art, also, since the answer could very well be different.