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art-trepeneur

15th Jun 2012, 8:58 AM in LONG WAIT - in colorado springs
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uradhere 15th Jun 2012, 8:58 AM edit delete
uradhere
Oct 2010

oh history:
A long time ago I worked for some companies and made a lot of dough. But I sold a lot of things that I shouldnt have, I compromised where I shouldnt have, and it just sorta stole my heart away a little. It was a big time learning experience for me, not sure if I was really ready forrit.

Most everyone that knows me knows that I was radically opposed to the idea of selling my work for fear that it would compromise the quality and subject of my work. I went through this 3 year period of giving it all away and subtracting any monetary attachments to it.

My friend Chris Woolley helped me to understand that money is a reasonable way for someone to show respect and appreciation for the artist and the work. Thats valid. Some people treat me like the kid that can do backflips (did anyone else grow up with a neighborhood backflip kid?). People will ask him to bust out a backflip, just because hes there and thats what he does. People can often times treat art in a similar way. Money helps discriminate between art being celebrated as a gimmick, and art being honored and respected.. not that money is the only trade. I'll often trade art or exchange it for favors. And I still frequently do it for plain damn fun.

Not selling art for so long has allowed me to understand my own motives behind creating. Now that Im more familiar with who I am as an artist, Im also more familiar with the line distinguishing art from products. I feel more of a satisfied actualization on the subject, where before it was more of a terrified uncertain clumsy balancing act.

To top it all off, its not my main income at all. And thats totally awesome because Im not depending on my art selling in order to feed myself. So if it sells, splendid - they'll enjoy it and I'll buy myself some icecream. If it dosnt sell - I'll pitch it into the back of a stranger's truck or in the spokes of their bicycle tire or something in the nature of guerrilla kindness. win win bich.

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sorry. that was a lot to read. But art is what Im all about so I've got a lot to say on the subject. ANYWAY. I started making all these crazy cardbord paintings at Jive's (coffee shop). Paul, the friendliest barista in colorado, let me hangum up. After I gave the go ahead he started pushin them like crack. I cut jive's 20% and we made out like bandits. jam dandy.

Paul is true man
I never know what to do when Im holding a wet paintbrush. Whenever Im not painting withit Im flippin it around and dropping it on expensive carpets or .. I dunno. hopeless
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Meed 15th Jun 2012, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
Meed
No, do not apologize for the big read. It is good to know that, on the flipside, some artists understand that in their field, a certain understanding must first be made before he or she would accept money. It is also refreshing that your reaction was that of someone who genuinely cared about his own works, and felt the need to resist any form of being a sellout for the price of money (integrity would be the word for the trait).

For that, that was a good read. If I had been there in person I'd give you the lost of art of the pat on the back.
magicmurd3rbag 16th Jun 2012, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
magicmurd3rbag
Well this was a great read, both in the comic and underneath it.
leafy_greens 17th Jun 2012, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
leafy_greens
hmm this opens me up to whole new realization on why I hated people asking me to draw them tattoos
uradhere 17th Jun 2012, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
uradhere
AH MA GAD. i freckin hate that shit. those frecks will shake your hand for the first time, see you can draw and first thing outta there mouths is 'hey, I've had this idea for a tattoo I was gonna..'
ugh. hate. thats never a compliment.