There is a difference between basing one’s marketability and one’s personal worth on external validation. Personal worth being what you think of your art, and marketability being what the general public thinks of your art. And that is a very important thing to understand: that your art’s worthiness and its marketability are two different things.
The more marketable your product, the wider range of people it will appeal to. While this will make you money, it’s also, unfortunately, undoubtedly means catering to the lowest denominator, which means a drop in quality. There’s no harm in making money. But it’s a tightrope that artists surviving on their product have to make. Very few artists ever live in the Goldilocks zone where what they love doing also has the widest marketable demographic.
But even if something isn’t marketable, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be of high worth to you. I could make a crappy cup in Ceramics that no one in a million years would buy, and no one likes it, and I while I’d understand why no one would buy it, I’d still think the art had high worth to me.
Basically, I’m still a good person, whether or not I make good art. My art isn’t a reflection, it’s a product.
A lot of artists don’t understand that what they put out isn’t a part of you, it’s a product of you. You are a separate entity from your art, and your art doesn’t determine if you’re a good or bad person. It’s just something you make.
mhm, very true, especially on that last regard!
I can’t count how many times in the last four years I’ve seen bad things happen between artists or between non-artists and artists simply because one character said something mean or rude or negative towards another character—even if characters are a reflection of ourselves and what we want to teach or say, we aren’t solely our characters!
Admittedly I can tend to be guilty of linking together characters with creators—if I really really detest a character and the creator only draws that character, chances are I tend to link the feelings associated with their work to the person themselves. Guilty > <;