Does Subject Matter?

Over at RedBubble and Zazzle, I’ve been seeing a lot of holiday-themed art. It’s one of those things I’ve never seemed to manage over the years: drawing something for a holiday and selling it. I mean, I do the Christmas cards, of course; but even those usually don’t get done until just before the 25th. If you want to get started selling holiday stuff, you need to have it done a few months before.

I guess I don’t think much about selling art. The stuff I make is stuff that I think is cool, like snake skins or skulls or dead animals. I draw it for the sake of drawing. Not surprisingly, nobody wants to buy it. I guess it doesn’t matter (except for that nagging feeling that I’m wasting my time) but I have to wonder: is it so hard to draw things that other people would buy? I don’t really have a thing about being true to myself as far as art subjects go, and I certainly don’t want to get into drawing the same things over and over again. So why not draw cats or wolves or beautiful mountain landscapes? Or Christmas scenes? Is it just lack of motivation? And why?

bird skull

At least it was fun to draw!


2 responses

  1. Now hear this! You . . . are . . . NOT . . . wasting . . . you’re . . . time!

    Whether you’re a commerical artist; like me, or not art is first and foremost about expression! If you just want to get the thoughts in your head down on paper and never show anyone ever again; even yourself, DO IT!

    TRUE, many others won’t get it. It . . . DOESN’T . . . matter! I’ll bet they say and do all kinds of things that befuddle you too.

    I am glad that you draw the things you draw, and I’m glad that you have let me see it. I think it’s impressive, even if you never see a dime from it. Really though, you don’t have to care what I see, think and feel about it.

    November 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    • Ha! Thank you for that! I’m going to throw that nagging “waste-of-time” feeling away and get down to DRAWING!

      November 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

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