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As much as I am struggling with the vectors and my status, I'll do my best to continue the random fun vector illustrations.
· Fan arts
· Social media
It’s 2017 and I guess I’m going to have to rant or get something off my chest again. Let’s start off with this. It’s safe to say the digital world of the internet is the ‘wild wild west’ when it comes to content, sharing art or images are stolen, used – reused and recycled. Views that should go to you is diverted somewhere else because the person doesn’t credit the source and claims he or she is the original artist. Art has no form or meaning, it’s meaningless – we give art meaning based on our surroundings and our current life status. So we either have good things to say about art or the worst possible things to say about art. And also this.. we even use art to lie about certain stuff to gain attention and to sell art. That’s art for you in the digital world – use, copy, re use, recycle, steal, sell and claim.
Fan arts being sold without permission, and a lot and I mean ‘a lot’ of people are doing this and are getting away it, which makes me think to myself – I should stop doing the morally right thing to do and just sell the new stuff I’ve done on anime, movies and games. If people are doing this and getting away with it, it would certainly help me a lot financially. But I haven’t because I don’t want to get my backside in trouble let alone lose my account on deviant art. The simplest suggestion is to sign up with another platform service that specialise in prints and sell your fan arts there. The problem with that, is it the right thing to do – and does anyone care these day.
Social media is suppose to be a tool or platform to share art and hope for people / browsers to support you and your arts or hobbies? It’s suppose to be a bridge where we can collaborate with others to produce fun arts. WRONG!!!! It’s a god damn popularity contest even in the arts, and it’s about who owns what regarding what people are entitled to. For example, if artist makes an illustration from a photograph of a model, and he or she would like to sell it. There has to be a written contract depending on what you agree on, which is cool because that can be negotiable. But the problem these days, are people are too greedy. Photographers want a percentage of what you sell on the arts, and they want the high res too for them to have to sell on their end, this goes with models as well. Because the photographer and model each has their own has their own fan base they can sell the arts with ease and choose to give you no percentage of what they sell. But if the artist has zero fan base or supporters, selling the arts is impossible. So it’s a lost, not for everyone though. Right now, even what I am typing may not make any sense at all to you, it’s what I’ve seen read from other artists, shared experiences myself of the disappointments I’ve encountered with other individuals who go through the same or in some case even worst situations – and the biggest question is “what is the bloody point of still doing this?” – All it ever does is make me miserable when others try to sponge off free art from me rather than support or even consider the rate of fee we do. Each one of us has a different way of measuring and fixing a price for a commission, whether the number is high or low – maybe evening depending on how the negations went between you or them. It’s a number that shouldn’t be devalued because from your eyes it doesn’t fit the budget you want, if that is the case. Those who try to swindle your price down should look at others and leave you alone. Don’t waste your time with them, be humble and stand your ground. You as an artist should believe in your work and value. If you do decide to review your own fee of service it should be of a natural choice rather than someone pleaded for a cheaper fee. To follow up this, if you do succumb to a lower fee you don’t want, the process of making your editing image or illustration will fall short in quality, the outcome usually turns our poorly as your heart isn’t in it and what’s going to happen also, is that the final image will take a lot of revisits due to the customer, your customer not liking the outcome and demands the image to be redone which takes time.
It’s a lot of head ache / stress - a lot of artists / hobbyists including myself have abandon commissions to avoid all the drama and negativity it brings if you are being forced to work on a picture that you aren’t connecting with or enjoy working with. Unless you can find the right people to do commissions for and they agree on your terms and rate, the outcome of that work is far greater and better for both parties. But more importantly it works better for you.
So if commissions don’t work, how can social media help? Or how is it suppose to help, with today’s generation having support and a fan base should in theory help the artist out a lot, not only you have to have a presence in social media platforms which range from having a facebook, twitter, instagram or youtube (these sites are just examples there is more I believe).. it’s really hard to get any work exposed unless you have friends who can help share the love for your art. Which can also be difficult as well, because a lot of viewers or browsers do not like force content.. so the art you do may not appeal to others and only appeal to one. We’re fucked.. what is the point of still doing art/ fan arts or any form of art if no one is going to see it.
Well that’s the tricky part.. it’s this part you have to be brutally honest with yourself and the art you do.. can it sell, do you have the right to sell or.. do what millions are doing and just sell it without obtaining permission because that seems to be the trend these days. I think you have to sit down and just be honest. Which is the hardest task for anyone to do. - The other point to consider is.. is what you do the art you do is it appealing to the browsers or the usual normal crowd? Can you or will change your art style?
So on a closing not for social media, I believe it is a requirement to get some views on your art, youtube seems to be a place to voice that out or share it, but with youtube.. it also comes with a lot of hatred and troll individuals who vent and rant off on videos. So best to take whatever they punch you with a grain of salt.
If none of this applies to you, then hats off. I’ve said it so many times.. you should not dedicate your art through likes & numbers. Just do the art or fan art because you enjoy it, and if there is a view or a fan base for it.. that should be natural gain rather than stress your mind and soul on ‘numbers’
Whatever you do regarding social media, wish you the best of luck and it’s never too late to have an account to share your art or just talk via your youtube account about your hobbies or whatever the subject is.. just be you and be happy with your work. Don’t let numbers control you. Don't let people put you down (Listen to Korn - Haters, music will give you a creative spark) and most importantly be happy with yourself the good and the bad, flaws is what gives a character depth - it's sort of a never ending puzzle that can be solved or left alone by the handler or friends if he or she have any decent ones. It's just sad people can't seem to understand us because most of us are broken at some point in our lives, rather than be put to a side in isolation they preach words and advice which don't do anything but fuel your negativity. The hard part is to take that negativity and filter it in positive creative way. That is up to you do decide what to do. It's not easy, it never is - just take it day by day for as long as it takes. The frighting thing is.. it's hard to say if there is a good ending for you. It really boils down on you and how you filter your obstacles. Wishing everyone the best.
Khuan Tru (35)