Art - An Expression of Human Imagination

Buttery sketch hand drawn by Deepika Badlani
A butterfly has just moments to live
The Oxford Dictionary defines art as

The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Human mind is a beautiful creation. It can solve complex puzzles and simple maths with equal ease. It is able to help you with your daily chores as well as with your life ambitions. Every day it absorbs and retains tons of information.

The human mind also helps us to recreate our imagination. But without the skill set, it may not come out as desired or within the required time. Here is where the role of an artist comes in.

Anyone who can express is an artist. One can express with a pen, eyes, mouth, hands and even feet. This is how art is created. Driving is also an art. Perfect fusion of mind, body and machine. So is show jumping. A perfect sync of horse and its rider, show jumping is all about grace and art. Selection of words is also an art which each one of us does everyday. Some can form words better than others. Simply put in, an artist is a person who with the help of tools and skills, helps to create or recreate. If we lack a particular set of skills, we take help of an artist to finish our task. A professional like a doctor can also be called an artist.

Commercial art is art created for purpose of advertising, sale, marketing or labeling. Fine art on the other hand is art created for the purpose of exhibition or display only, like a painting or sculpture. One can see fine art on display in places like galleries or museums. Fine art eventually gets sold and may fetch even more money than commercial art. Historically, Fine art and Commercial art might have been two distinct fields. But recently the boundaries between them have started blurring. Art students however may need to choose one before embarking upon an education in art. 

Since the last few decades, commercial art has seen a revolution due to the introduction of computer graphics. Graphics software like Photoshop has enabled artists to draw and work faster. Computer fonts have made writing easier. Digitally created art takes less time to create and is free of unsteadiness of the human hand. Digitized art work can be faithfully recreated in minutes. It is up to the client to decide, the requirement of a digital artist or use of a traditional pencil and brush.

An Artist trained in Commercial art helps create
  • ·         Handmade Logos for branding
  • ·         Hand Written Brochures
  • ·         Book covers and illustrations
  • ·         Product labels
  • ·         Hand Written Invitation cards
  • ·         Certificate Writing
  • ·         Sketches
  • ·         Assignments

About the author

Deepika Badlani is trained in Commercial Art from Meera Bai Polytechnic, New Delhi, one of the top institutes for commercial art in Delhi NCR. She has been taking on professional assignments related to commercial art for the last 10 years.

She has a strong preference for non-digital work and accepts hand made/hand drawn assignments only.

Check out the portfolio at the following link


  1. Your concept of art is, I think, very accurate indeed. The customary view is that art, in essence, is variously an expression of emotions or a depiction of beauty in the natural world. Viewed in this way "art" is, like science, the product of a relationship between the mind and what the mind attends to. In science the purpose is to find out the objective truth about the external world. In art, alternatively, we substitute for "objective truth" the words like "beauty" and we arrive at the proposition that art aims at "expressing emotions" or at revealing or creating "beauty." I prefer your account of art, which I would translate into the following: "Art" is the exercise of the human power of imagination. It has little to do with what is external to the mind and everything to do with HOW the mind works. Perhaps, then, everything we do has an aesthetic dimension, from seeing things AS this or that, to formulating a scientific or mathematical hypothesis, or the most basic processes involved in carpentry or bricklaying. "Art" thus becomes a concentrated and very specific mode of exercising the human imagination that falls into a number of categories that have evolved over time and that form what we call the "fine arts": the auditory exercise of our imagination (music); the visual exercise (portraiture, photography, etc), the visual/tactile (sculpture), and so on...

  2. My lengthy response disappeared! Anyhow, your definition of art is bang on. Art is not so much about revealing or expressing alternative "truths" about the world as it is about exercising our imaginations visually, musically, and in language and thought: in sculpture, in literature, in architecture, film-making, photography, and so on. As you point out, every movement, every thought that each of us has is aesthetically "loaded," as it were, but what have come to be called the "arts" are a refined or distilled and socialized result of imagination's exercise in life.


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