I have been spending a lot of time
lately trying to balance being creative and being a business person,
or should I say learning to be a business person.
These 2 things, at a first glance, just
don’t seem to go together well, being a artist and being a business
person. I think its cause there has been a huge disconnect create in
our society that says if you are an artist you have to be a starving
artist and if you make money doing art then you aren’t really a
artist cause your work is commercial.
But, when I look back on even some of
the great fine artists of the day like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack,
Leonardo De Vinci, or Michelangelo, I recognize they must have been
doing something pretty big to get there work seen by the public.
After all the 16 chapel was a co
mmissioned by the Pope. Doesn’t
that make Michealangelo a artist for hire (a commercial artist) so to
It also makes him a business man.
In some of my research I have been
finding that being a good artist is only 20 – 30% of what it takes
to be a successful artist. The other half is Hype!
getting your work in front of the eyes of the many individuals out in
the world that might actually like what you do. It takes a great deal
of time and effort because you aren’t just selling your art you are
I always felt like even when I do a
caricature I am giving a little piece of myself away to the world.
Some people appreciate it and some people don't, but I always want to
give whoever I draw for my best. Even when it seems to take me
forever to complete.
In the end creating content is
important, but sharing the content is even more important, and making
a living from your content is the most important. To me being a
starving artist is not noble, it's just an excuse to not work hard for
yourself. People that don't see the value in what we do or that want
us to sell ourselves cheap lack respect and understanding of how art
truly effect our society.
So you have to step up to the plate, set the value for your work you feel you deserve and push you work out into the market place. In other words learn how to control your business life and create opportunities that will allow you to be a thriving artist.
Its ok to be a hobbyist, as well, but
if you are trying to make a living as an artist you have to learn a
lot more than just how to draw pretty pictures. It has been a long
road and a difficult lesson to learn but a valuable one non the less.
I came across this video today and I was loving it. Made me think of that question. Who's top are you reaching for? Is it yours? Are you making someone else reach there top? vWhat do you expect to see when you get up there?
"If you create the game then you create the rules"
I have really been thinking hard on things in my career and life and I realized that a lot of my interested and passions have changed or evolved. Sometimes I wish instead of going to college I worked right out of highschool and saved more and researched more. Of course not all the same tools and resources were available 15 years ago. But then again, why cry over spilled milk.
I always felt like I had an idea of what I wanted in life, but now that i am older I feel like I really know. Like all those years I was wandering in the desert trying to figure it out.
I have friends that are my age that have been to college and gotten the jobs and so on so forth american dream stuff and yet they are still trying to figure out what they want out of this crazy existance.
At the end of the day its most important to live and be yourself. Figure out what is right for yourself and ignore the things people try to tell you is right for you because in the end no one really knows anything at all. Most importantly, no one can tell you who you should be, especially when they cant even figure out there own issues.
Anyway, I am going to post this here as a resource. its mostly for me but I figure if it can benifit anyone else they are welcome to it.
Its funny, the mast 2 months have been
a BIG learning experience. I have been working hard to start valuing
my work more and be more confident about it, but sometimes it just
seems like an uphill battle.
I few people at my job have this
saying, “How do you get an artist to work for free? Tell them you
like their art.” I think it speaks to how sometimes artists can
undervalue there contribution to the world.
I even had to laugh to myself a bit
because I know I am guilty of it. Often feeling like what I do is not
important or means nothing to anyone else. Reminds me how my
roommate told me her mom got surprised when she realized that she was
actually making money from her crazy ideas and artwork. Do we
undervalue ourselves cause we have been told what we do means nothing
by some person in our past or family member?
I got really excited last month when
I went to Planet Comic Con. (I will share some of the pics from that
It was so fun drawing for people and
seeing friends I had not seen since last year, since I live in LA
now, and just catching up and chatting with people. But one person in
particular really made my day. A guy stopped by my table and asked if
I had new Tornado Alley Comics. He was disappointed when I said no.
Truth be told I never thought anyone really cared that much except
for a few select people.
When people ask for my original
creations I always get amazed. I have started to ask myself where
does this come from. Why am I like this and does it really make any
since at all? You know Spiderman was once someones original idea
that no one else had ever heard of.
Ever since I created Big Booty Jane I
have had nothing but encouragement. Its been such a wonderful
experience knowing that I can create something and other people can
enjoy it. Its part of why I do caricatures as well. I love handing
that drawing over to the person and seeing there face light up. Its
one of the few ways I feel like I can brighten someones day.
In a way its like you are giving a
little of yourself to the other person. For me when they respond in
a positive why its a sigh of relief. I feel like I am contributing to
this big crazy world and others are enjoying it.
I don’t focus or draw my own
character nearly enough. Doing it makes me feel such enjoyment. And
knowing it much touch someone else is a even greater enjoyment.
So thank you to everyone out there that
has been checking out my work all these years and showing support. It
means a lot to me and I hope I am able to brighten your day every
once in a while. That has true value.
Been working on this thing since November last year and it is all finally coming together. So excited. I am sorry I have not been posting more often.
My Short story will be Featured in Smutt Peddler 2014. This is the second volume and it features Adult fiction written and drawn by women. ( This book features adult themes guys so it not for the kids no mater how cute the drawing are.)
One of the rewards I am featured on includes one of my 2014 Daily Sketches Sketch book. (Sold Out).
A Little about Jane:
Aside from her Wonderful Physical Attributes Jane is a space cop with a lot of attitude. She Kicks alien buts around the Galaxy and is also married to a awesome hubby who has his own special talents.
Check out some of my work in progress art for the comic.
I have haad a lot of fuun working on this project. I hope to do more with her in the near future. I am also working on a pi up calendar which I thought would be a lot of fun to do. Thanks everyone for checking out my stuff and checking out Big Booty Jane.
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Its a new year. So far its starting out
ok. I am nervous cause there are so many things I want to do. I want
to travel, do daily sketches, push for a new job, and get my
confidence up. Tired of having regrets about everything I wish I did
differently in life when it comes to family and friends and career.
Sometimes it feels like I just don’t
know whats right or wrong. Whats the difference between getting taken
advantage of and doing something for someone because you care and
want to see the best for that persons future. Either way they benefit
I have met people last year that are
good people with bad habits and poor ways of thinking about life.
Negative people and positive people. Motivated people and unmotivated
people just going through the motions.
I have a tendency to be really hard on
myself. I think its cause I was just raised that way. Everything
always had to be perfect or done a certain way and you couldn't
deviate from that cause if you did you were a bad person. Then I move
to LA and every aspect of that is challenged. How do you know a good
person from a bad person? How do you classify someone as good or bad
other than the classic definitions in the bible or what your parents
told you as a child? The world is this big confusing ball of dirt to
me these days. All I can thing to do is just be myself and live the
best way I know how.
Should a person not speak their mind
when they feel hurt for fear of hurting the other party and
destroying a relationship? Or maybe they should risk it and say what
they gotta say and hope the person wont hate them forever.
What does it really mean to live a good
life? Being a wife having your own family, or having a amazing career
and money? Chasing your dreams and doing all the things you always
wanted to do, is that important? Or is it more important to stand by
family and friends in hard times even if they are not caring or
concerned about your needs as a human being living in this crazy
Should a person be transparent to the
world about who they are or should they share it with the world no
matter how explicit or no matter the criticism? Maybe not, maybe its better to
stay hidden. Read a quote today that I liked from Zora Neal Husrton,
“If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you
enjoyed it.” Its interesting, I related to it.
At what point is self preservation
selfish fulfillment of personal desires no matter how it effects
others around you? At what point does loving yourself, taking care
of yourself, and protecting yourself, become nothing but a
impractical display of egotism and arrogance intended to display your
elevation above others.
They say its a thin line between love
and hate. To me Love and hate are so black and white and we live in
this very gray world.
The world confuses me. Might as well
just stop thinking about it and just go make stuff. Back to
drawing. Enough of the nonsense.