Lately this idea has come to the foreground for me and I'm questioning what "believable" means to me.
Does believable mean that a thing looks like it has dimension, like it exists in space and has a logic to it? Does that logic have to be similar to how things work in the real world or can there be a logic within the world of the picture?
Or does believable mean that it is recognizable as a real person/place/thing?
Or that it seems "right", that the picture has a certain confidence and intent about it even if it's a more abstracted or highly stylized picture?
I can go after accuracy and work to make something look "right" or real but does it serve the picture? Is all that information working together to make a whole idea or story instead of accurate isolated pieces of information.
I think it's all these things but I get to choose how I wield the tools. Sounds like fun to me! I've been enjoying looking at how other artists do this. There are so many wonderful examples out in the world, here a but a few:
Le Chevalier aux Fleurs (The Knight of Flowers) by Georges Rochegrosse https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Rochegrosse#/media/File:Le_Chevalier_aux_Fleurs_2560x1600.png
Bobby Chiu's art http://www.imaginismstudios.com/artists/Bobby%20Chiu
Bill Carman's art http://billcarman.blogspot.com/
Deb Kirkeeide's animal paintings http://debkirkeeide.com/collections/7886
Yoshida Hiroshi Avenue of Sugi trees https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshi_Yoshida#/media/File:Hiroshi_Yoshida01a.jpg
John Harris' art http://www.alisoneldred.com/artistJohnHarris.html