I'm drawing as a hobby now. I've given up on the fantasy and sci-fi garbage, or trying to be a concept artist a while ago. That shit is just plain droll.
I'd really like to one day (maybe in a couple decades) be as good as the old masters. What do you think of studying beyond the basics for that path?
>at the time
i think you missed my point
i was wondering if you think having the same skillset as, say, Byron, means the same thing in contemporary culture. If one would want to be a master one would, presumably, want to further the boundaries and possibilities of his own medium, which is a desire with far different implications in the 21st century than in the 19th century.
However, I'm reading your post again and it sounds like you just want to paint like a 19th century painter.
Byron wasn't an artist, he was a poet.
In my opinion being a master is mastering your craft. If your craft is painting like a romantic era artist, and you master that, then you can call yourself a master.
Pioneer is probably a better word for what you describe.
That Byron thing was super dumb of me.
Nonetheless! I think its important to consider what you're chasing after and why you're chasing it. What you consider an "old master" has that reputation because he exceeded his predecessors in some way. No artist has been called a master because they painted exactly how another artist or movement did x number of years ago, right?
(There's a strange nostalgic enchantment i've noticed on this board with extremely antiquated methods of representation and i'm curious to understand it.)
>I just paint in my free time.
Why do you think you could ever reach mastery by painting as a hobbyist in your free time? Either you are vastly overestimating yourself, or you are practically insulting the old masters, saying what they could do by dedicating their life to art, you can do on the side between dayjob and shitposting on 4chan.
A "droll" concept artist who works 8 hours a day has a far more likely chance of reaching master level than you ever will.
not to the extent of becoming a great master, but you see lots of people who achieve progress in 6 months that others achieved in 6 years or more
it's very, very common for people to waste shitloads of time. besides that you don't have to eat rice for a month to afford the pigments you want, make your own colors and work oils with shitty light or even frescos
today you just turn on your pc, grab your tablet and go at it. be smart with your time and you'll see results very fast