Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thinking out loud...

I've got a few thoughts crawling around on the floor of my head... most notably, concerning the idea of getting involved in producing stock imagery. I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it's a good way to build more portfolio work. On the other, I'm concerned about selling away work like that. Is it worth it? Would that make me a sell-out? Where does a 'commercial artist' draw the line between doing work for financial gain and artistic integrity? Just wondering. Please discuss. I value opinions.

1 comment:

.escamilla. said...

i've never really understood the term "sell-out" when related to someone getting paid for what they love to do. if you love to create art, in whatever medium it may be, and are able to make a living out of it - wonderful!

i think the term gets confused at times...
maybe i'm wrong but i was always under the impression that one has sold out only when the artist ends up changing their art or folding to what others think their work should be rather than remaining true to themselves. if you're creating art with the purpose of helping someone else create art (ie: design work) then i don't see a problem with that.

stock photography is a pretty involved ordeal. we just had a class on it yesterday and my head was spinning hehe but i'm not one to do well with invoices and contracts and the like. there is a lot of competition out there but there's a huge market for it as well.