I hope people don’t misunderstand what I like about ugliness.
I’m not mocking ugliness when I draw ugly trolls or grotesque creatures, not at all. I just love the variation available when you stop worrying about what’s beautiful or attractive or pleasing to look at and step outside it to find what’s daring, what’s extreme, what’s shocking and difficult and complicated and real and honest and dark and hidden and human. That’s why I like drawing characters with extreme features, “ugly” to me isn’t the opposite of beautiful, it’s another side of it. Each can provoke and inspire and when each is taken to a far enough extreme they become one another. They depend on eachother.
This is some artschool loser rambling I know but i’m just really committed to ugliness as an artistic ideal and I just have to talk about it sometimes.
I can heartily recommend Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness, which explores the concept of ugliness through the eyes of artists.
I’ve seen his video lecture and it was incredible!! :D