Will you work for FREE?!
The overall climate of the art market is rough and tumble right now, partly because our country is in a hostile state and maybe because no average person seems to be spending precious dollars on original art anymore ....or maybe with iPhones, free software and digital sketchpads becoming so common, everyone is now an artist. Even CEO's are choosing to toss a design together on an iPad in lieu of paying the cost to staff a full time artist or design firm, or even worse, the theft of design and idea is becoming all too acceptable.
It's not all doom and gloom though, this has happened throughout history as technology has changed and grown, the tide will come back in... eventually, we hope. In 1841 when paint tubes were invented, it altered the vista of who could become an artist and where and when they could paint just as dramatically as the DSLR recently transformed photography.
The competition for a life long creative to grab a few bucks for living expenses is becoming more competitive than ever before and the art and curation that are being presented to the public is becoming too dang flat and uninspired because of too many factors to list in a single blog post today. It's also hurting the artists by causing the general buying public to become confused about what art is valuable, effective and chock full of soul or importance... and what art should end up in a trash can. Artists are being asked to work for free or on speculation so frequently that it's become part of the artist identity and expectation.
(stSorry to graphic-shame you Melania, we appreciate your efforts, but this "BE BEST" logo is just a huge design "UGH."
I thought about presenting an improved "BE BEST" design of my own in this blog along side with the above...but good and great design takes time, contemplation, research, skill and investment....and I just can't afford to spend two-five weeks working for free for someone elses dream anymore, my free is all dried up. So sorry Mel, I can't afford to correct your mistake this time around.
Celebrities like Melania Trump and this guy Craig from Bravo's anemic TV show Southern Charm have gotten into the "I'm an artist" business when in the very recent past they would have just gone ahead and hired an artist with experience to get the job done for them. Be Best... but not best at design, got it. Yes, even the now famous USA hat that The President of the United States wears regularly is making experienced designers from all over the world cringe about cock-eyed kerning, which, I'm quite sure, is Obama's fault.
Watch the video below to see this dude Craig get an aspiring artist or designer opportunity of a lifetime.... (stop video at 1:37)
Let's be clear, Craig-dude is educated and planned to be a lawyer, he has enough money to sit around and contemplate being an artist for the next fifty years if he wants, and I applaud his effort to do so, and maybe toss a jealous twang in there too while I head out to clean a toilet for a few bucks towards a sketchpad...but because he knew little to nothing about design and art, he used a stock clip art image to present his design pitch a month and half too late, and Craig-dude blew it.
This is because Craig-dude thought that being an artist was easy.
I'll give it to him for trying though. Did he try? Who knows...but thank YOU Patricia, for giving a lawyer a chance to design for your company instead of spending the time searching for a top notch emerging designer on the four-thousand websites that are out there that showcase hungry and desperate artists.
Here is the video clip of Craig completely blowing his opportunity because he didn't realize that art and design both take education and skill that he doesn't currently have. I suppose I'll never find out if he ever starts to study art seriously, because I'm already bored and annoyed.
PS...Patricia, that Caftan is an abomination.