Why Do You Do Your Art?
I recently attended a convention for caricature artists in San Antonio Texas. This annual convention is one of the best conventions going as we are all doing what we love to do, drawing funny faces. A variety of styles can be found from basic and slight exaggeration to the extreme of having your teeth come out of your nostrils. We even had a seminar on zombie caricatures. I enjoy the conventions for the networking, seeing old friends, and being away from the daily grind of how to grow my business. For that week it is all about the drawing. The business side of caricatures show up eventually and we got talking about why people are drawing caricatures. There is a mix of opinions as we have members from all over the world and the North American thought process is quite different from the European thought process. As four of us sat around a table in the hotel lounge with a cold drink my friend from Europe asked, if artists were invited with all expenses paid, but no pay to themselves would they attend a caricature festival. The artist would draw six to seven hours a day for the public who would pay a gate fee to attend the event. Apparently in Europe these events are quite popular, but when poled to North American artists the answer was a resounding no. My friend from Europe could not understand that idea and we decided to end the discussion at 2:30am in the morning agreeing to disagree. Later that week he asked other North American artists and found the answer to be the same, however the European artist didn’t see anything wrong with it.
I believe the fact is that in North America this is how many of us make our living. Unless the event is of my choice and is considered a promo event such as a trade show. In Europe many make their living this away as well but it is looked at differently than here at home. The truth comes down to the fact that many artists don’t put a monetary value on their art or the thought of making money from it, although you can go back to the Renaissance to find artists selling their art to make a living. I don’t believe you are devaluing your art because it also makes you a living, I think you devalue your art when you stop trying to make it better, when you begin to settle and turn out product for the sake of turning it out. I am just happy that I can make a living doing what I love.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is an artist, author, and speaker specializing in cartooning. For more information on Bruce and his work please visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com
Posted on November 20, 2012, in Articles on business for Creatives, Caricatures and tagged art, blog, Bruce Outridge, Bruce Outridge Productions, business, cartoons, determination, drawing board, entrepreneurship, entrpreneurial success, goal setting, The Business Side of Art. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.