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When Jealousy Pushes You Forward How To Be The Best You (ish)

I believe that jealousy can be a powerful tool when it comes to moving forward. A little bit of jealousy pushes you forward, the idea that if you work hard enough, if you push yourself you too can reach the same heights as others.

There is a lot of talk on the internet of how jealousy is caused by a lack of self confidence, and although that may be true (it certainly is in my case), I don’t think it is always.

I really believe that you can have confidence in what you’re creating but still feel jealous that you are not achieving the same recognition.

Investigating how others market and promote their work can be sparked by that initial jealousy, “Why them and not me?”. Providing no-one starts tip-toeing over that line, yes that one, then jealousy becomes a useful tool in the moving forward game.

I myself have been jealousy of others, in the blogging game, it’s not hard to feel envious of certain things, and so instead of sitting and upsetting myself over it, I learn, or at least try to. I’ve always enjoyed learning and expanding my mind. I research what it is they’re doing, and then I concern myself with how that fits in my practice.

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Steal like an artist, credit, transform, study, honour, remix, look stupid while you’re doing it.

A lapse in concentration doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone should be lynched but it should always be a consideration. There is merit in taking a moment to really analyse what you’re doing. That although there is nothing wrong with being jealous, I’m sure everyone has been jealous at some point, it’s what we do with that jealousy that matters.

Some people can be consumed by it, where-as I prefer to use it to push me forward, and this only came about when I realised it was jealousy eating me up from the inside out. When jealousy pushes you forward you can learn so many new things. Such as how to turn an image into a vector, and surprisingly, basic code. The more you know…

I don’t advocate getting jealous, but when that pang hits, I advocating turning the jealousy into something positive. Learning the skills that impress you, and turning those skills to fit your purpose.

Maybe let jealousy inspire you instead of restrict you, and please don’t ask me how, because I’m only just learning myself.

 


Chasing The Light As the sun goes down

I’m a sucker for silhouettes and portraits of females and muted lighting. I love a shadow and the hint of something more.

  1. Nicholas Max
  2. Koji Sugimoto
  3. Slattner
  4. Weheartit
  5. Anastasia Volkova
  6. Brandon C. Long

 


Pricing Artwork How do you place value on your artworks?

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Pricing artworks is never easy. I’m pretty sure if they did any lectures on this at University I slept through them. Sorry tutors but apparently 19-22 year old Erin never thought she’d be in the position where she’d have to find a price for her artwork. Ho hum.

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As with most adult conversations, when things get uncomfortable it all goes downhill, hence the pants discussion*. I decided a quick search with good old google might help. I found this article on the Abundant Artist, and then this wonderful wiki-how. Neither of which actually answered my burning question of, How Much Value Do I Place on A Piece of My Artwork?

I honestly never thought I’d have an existential breakdown around pricing artworks. There were a plethora of questions and no amount of internet searching was helping me. I could price by size, I could price by time spent. I could also price by the amount the materials cost. Which is great for those that are ploughing lots of money into their art practice. I could also just give away the work for free.

The discussion with friends brought up some things that when pricing artworks I wanted to consider,

Is it a collector buying?

Are they rich?

Can I bare to part with an Original Artwork? (because this isn’t a print we’re talking about)

Could I just make some limited edition prints and sign them and sell more? (but do I want to go down that route?)

This isn’t a sticking point for just artists though. Illustrators, designers, self publishers, anyone that needs to place a figure next to their time and efforts. I’m starting to believe that I’d be useless being self employed, handing out everything for free.

This whole escapade ended up stressing me out so much that I sat in a dark room for awhile. There’s a nagging concern that I’m not even getting this bit right. That any price I pick is going to wrong, too high and I’m basically kissing my own, too low and how do I expect others to value my work when I obviously don’t?

I’m ever so good at making a simple task the hardest in the world, and over thinking is dangerous territory. Do you ever feel like this is a turning point and you’re blind and you need to pick the right route? That is exactly how this feels.

I know I’ve said before how I don’t make artwork for others, I make it for myself. I’m not too concerned with earning money from my art either, I mean, it’d be nice.

Actually, it’d be awesome. I could have a studio (again), with a big drafting table, standing height of course. A wet and dry area. White walls and huge windows with mountains of natural sunlight. High ceilings with the room to make life size sculptures (and then some). An A0 printing space. Room to try out all the big ideas that are in my mind that I don’t have space for.

But how do you do that these days? Hold out, never selling anything in the hope the day you do you hit the jack-pot? Throw away artworks for meagre pounds? I’m pretty sure the answer is not in offering everything for free.

I never wanted to sell my soul but maybe I need to shed little pieces to get where I want to.



*I’ve never sold my underwear.

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