//selling your imagination

apollo1

I love being an artist. The only time I’m happier than when I’m drawing is when I’m writing. Art is a special kind of communication for me – a love language shared between myself and the image coming to life on paper. However, it’s not all ease and romance, and since I have several friends who are considering branching into art-selling, I thought I’d cover a few of the pros and cons.

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CONS

• Sometimes, my muse is a brat. She folds her arms and turns her back on me, and I’m left scrapping and re-scrapping every attempt. This can be detrimental and aggravating, especially if I’m working on a commission. It can take a ridiculous amount of months to come up with a finished product that satisfies me, because I refuse to send out less than my best. The client didn’t pay for my mediocrity. [Note: when my commissions take a particularly long time, I send along something extra I know the client will appreciate to make up for the extended deadline.]

• Sometimes what the client requests just isn’t possible, and there are times I need to tell them that I lack the ability to draw what they want. This is never easy, but I have to be willing to admit that there are some things I just can’t do, no matter how hard I try. I’m still learning (and will hopefully always be) and there are some things I simply haven’t mastered yet.

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PROS

• I get to make money doing something I love. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of receiving a payment and an “I love it!” from a client, when you thoroughly enjoyed every second of the making.

• I get constant practice. There are days I don’t feel like drawing but I have to anyway, because I have a commission waiting. A few minutes into it and I’m back in the groove. It keeps me from getting rusty.

• I get to draw things and people I would never draw otherwise. I’ve drawn lizard-men and Art Nouveau-style Silmarillion illustrations and graphic-novel-style pictures of Chris Evans. I get to kick back, turn on an anime, and channel creative energy into making something that will hopefully please someone else whenever they look at it.

So do I think you should do it? I do. The fun and satisfaction far outweigh the struggles and frustrations, although frequently if you look into my room you’ll see me slapping my face with a sheet of blank paper, hoping to imprint the desired idea onto the page. [It hasn’t worked yet.] But I firmly believe that creating good art is completely worthwhile, even when it drives me up the wall, and if you can make money doing it – shoot for the moon. Just don’t overcharge.

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11 thoughts on “//selling your imagination

  1. xD ::extremely satisfied customer here:: You should so totally comission Merry Hearted Whirligig. I love it when I say “can you do ______________” and she responds with *AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH* and then watching the piece go from sketch to line art to finished piece is so much fun. Also there are times when she’s right, things take longer. (Bucky Barnes usually just pops up glaring >.< and she is all "well that's easy" and he arrives in record time) But it's always worth it.

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  2. You’ve actually pointed out some things that I hadn’t really thought through myself! I’ve been wanting to do commissions but the idea of not being able to draw something for someone is a little discouraging. But it really is constant practice! And I really like the idea of sending along a little extra something because of an extended practice.

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  3. I’m glad to hear slapping yourself repeatedly with a piece of paper doesn’t work for you either, or I might have been jealous. I was starting to think that it was just me….

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  4. Thank you for this! I think it applies to more than just this particular medium of art too, which is great! You’re amazing, darling, as always. ^_^

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