Why do you make art?



  • I usually do art because I have an image in my head I would like to share with someone or there’s a certain action or change I want to incite in others.

    There are times I can’t explain how I feel in words so I say them through art instead.

    To share, here a short podcast which really changed my mindset on “finding a purpose in my art” which I found comforting: http://www.makersandmystics.com/makersandmystics/2018/6/8/hans-rookmaaker-art-needs-no-justification

    Hope it’s useful to you 🙂



  • @Whitney-Simms haha, some projects are definitely cooler than others. There are a bunch of artists and companies out there that specialize in hospitality art. It is a pretty cool job, I have yet to see my work in a hotel but when I'm researching for the project I get to learn a lot about the town/city the hotel is located in, so I get to let my imagination travel to all these different places. I highly recommend if you ever get the opportunity ;).


  • SVS OG

    @carlianne Off the top of my head, I have 3 reasons why I make art:

    1. It makes me happy to create something beautiful
    2. It makes me happy when people appreciate my work and have the work move them in some way.
    3. It pays my bills and allows me to live.

    I did notice that my third reason is starting to be my first as of late. I'm not that bothered because I do want to save up a lot of money asap so I can go back to school. But I also noticed that my best works are those I made because I wanted to, because it was fun for me, not because some client or Art Director wanted me to do so in exchange for money.

    I'm currently researching new avenues where I can make the art that I want and earn just as much. I'm considering making comics for Webtoons. I'm not sure how that will turn out but I'm willing to give it a try.



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz my reasons are the same as yours, and I'm also running into the same problems.

    After 11 years of illustrating for clients, I found that I didn't have time to work on my own projects. So this year I'm trying to set aside time to do personal work. And I have found, like you, that it resonates more with people and I tend to like it more.

    But, being a glass-half-full girl, I figure that this is a good problem to have. I can work from home and do what I love for a living!



  • @donnamakesart oooh I'm excited to listen to this one! Thanks!! I



  • @Melissa-Bailey-0 @Nyrryl-Cadiz yes I think this is totally how I've been feeling as well. I was taking client work for 10 years, and stopped doing personal work, so now that I'm making personal work again, I realized how much better quality it is and how much happier I feel making it! But then realized I didn't know what kind of personal work I want to do lol

    Actually, since starting this thread I have started to think I want to try doing some 4 panel comics. I realized in college I was struggling to decide between illustration and story boarding, and comics really fall between those two worlds. Plus they can be funny, I can document things about my life I want to remember, and they can be simple and sketchy rather than rendered.

    @Nyrryl-Cadiz I actually don't know about webtoons, is that just a place to upload webcomics?


  • SVS OG

    @carlianne yes, it’s actually like youtube but for comics where they’ll pay you if you meet their requirements like having 1000 subscribers and having at least 40k US monthly views.

    Here’s some of their rules: https://www.webtoons.com/en/terms/adRevenueSharingPolicy



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz ooooh that is nice



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  • @carlianne I totally see your art in comic format. Would be really interesting reading comic stories from you. I was huge indie comic reader some years back. My passion for narrative art started with reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi‎'s biographical comics. I am following Lucy Knisley's biographical comic since 2007 when her first book was out :-). Right now, I really love Grant Snider's comic (he also does beautiful, simple and profound children's books :-).


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