From The Sketch Book

May 16, 2008

Will work for Peanuts

Filed under: Uncategorized — scottnelson @ 7:37 pm

In between “paid assignments” you have to keep thinking about new concepts and ideas that will hopefully become successful. You do this by attending trade shows, watching media outlets and keeping an eye out for new styles and trends that will help you sell marketable images. Once you start working on what you perceive is a good idea— like reading a good book— you don’t want to put the job down.  Occasionally, the time requirements of these inspirations come at the expense of a paid assignment. Case in point: I’m developing a line of “Woman to Woman ” images suitable for cards, stationary, mugs, whatever. A day before Mother’s day, a customer called and asked for a quick realistic family portrait. Could I have done it in less than 24 hours? Yeah, I think so… but I was busy trying to develop this other project I think has merit, I turned it down. (And gees, who waits until the day before Mother’s Day to order original art?) This got me thinking though.. do you pass on guaranteed income now or continue working on potential future income? The whole idea of being a working artist is to make money so you can continue doing what you love. But what if you love creating one thing more than another yet one pays the bills? The whole dichotomy of drawing for a living is truly weird sometimes and trying to figure out what the best thing to do for the future of the business can drive yah nutty.


1 Comment »

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