Okay first I want to start by saying I love the artists in this community. I get great prices, and good work for the prices I pay, and I'm thankful for that.
However, there's this misconception going around that "Artists" should be paid this huge amount more for their work. While it's true that some artists in the fandom are worth a lot more than they charge, that is not the case for most.
A lot (not all!) of the pics that are posted on IB are not of the quality that professional places would pay for. On top of that, getting a job in the field is not easy. The average salary ranges from low 30k to about mid 40k. At those salaries you're expected to produce results in a timely fashion. If you're a good artist but it takes you a long time to finish your work due to "art block" or other complications, or you're just slow at it. Chances are you're going to have a hard time getting a job in the field.
If you really think that your art is worth $25/hr (~$50k/yr) and you struggle to make ends meet in the fandom (aka the ones who complain about not getting commissioned), maybe you should try to get a job in the real world. No, seriously. It might bring you back to reality, or land you a good job.
The sad reality is that the market is flooded with people who can draw. It may be lacking in people who draw well, but if you're not out there marketing yourself you'll never know where you stand. The art we commission here is generally not great works of art. They are merely fun pieces of our imaginary characters. They're not made for commercial use, or publication. It's just silly pieces we use to have fun with our free time and money.
I'm glad that there are people who produce art in the fandom, and I think it's great that some people can make a living off it. But if you can't, I don't wanna hear you cry about how your prices are too low, and no one will commission you if they're higher, and how you're worth so much more. Because honestly if you think you're worth so much more, GO FUCKING DO IT!
The fandom will still be here if you fall flat on your face. The fandom will still be here if you succeed and get a great job. But only in the fandoms will you get the ability to do art at your own pace. Anywhere else you have time commitments and contracts with obligations to meet. If you don't meet them, you either get sued or fired. Since this fandom is mostly just your average Joe's, you get a lot more leniency and the ability to dictate your own terms.
I'm just sick of hearing artists use the phrase "I could make so much more in the real world!" When the truth is they either can't get, or can't hold, a job doing art in the real world or else they would be working there instead of the fandom. Very few artists in the fandom could market their skills in the real world. That's a cold harsh fact, and I'm sorry if that offends any of you.
Anyways, that's all I want to say on this subject for the moment.
5 years, 7 months ago
20 Sep 2013 15:58 CEST