A fun evening…

I’m enjoying an evening of Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire movie and reading a bit of Austin Kleon, specifically his book Steal Like An Artist.

I have to say that I truly enjoying reading the insights of other artists, whether that’s a traditional artist, musician, writer, fire dancer, Pokémon master, whatever. It’s just refreshing when you can hear from a peer and apply his or her ideas to your own work.

After this, I’ll be knocking out Austin’s book Show Your Work! Pretty excited.

How would you like your art?

The saying goes, “you get what you pay for,” (or don’t pay for, depending on the situation).

One aspect of the arts that has always confused me was the idea that some people and businesses have that an artist should do things on the cheap, or even for free. This isn’t limited to graphic design by any means. I’ve been asked on a number of occasions to perform a show with my band for free, make a piece of art, design a logo, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

As a professional artist, I love that I absolutely love, L-O-V-E LOVE, my career and how it allows me to create and explore. That love, however, gets thrown back in my in statements like, “well, since you love what you do, this project should be a breeze,” or “I can’t pay you now but this will be great exposure.” Unfortunately, while I’d love to have the type of artistic carte blanche that celebrities have, “exposure” and “passion” do not pay the bills.

Another way to look at it: the next time you go to the doctors for an emergency, tell the surgeon that you can’t pay your bill but that the stitches you receive from him or her will be great exposure for them. Or the car dealership sales person; let him or her know that your love of driving and the dealership giving you a free car will help give them free publicity. See how that goes.

Thankfully, I’ve been fortunate enough to only have to deal with this situation twice in my career (though I expect that number to rise). My other clients have been nothing short of respectful to me and my work and, in kind, I them. 

But juuuuuuuuuuust in case you ever have a question about a project, I’ve included both an infograph (and its subsequent link) so you can avoid the pitfalls of asking one of your artistic friends/family members or professionals about free work. And for professionals, this is a great visual to fall back on.

Have a great day!

Infograph link & article from Creative Bloq, by Colin Harman

The Big Reveal

So tonight was the season six finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, featuring the one and only Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the villainous Negan.

It certainly was one helluva episode and kept me on edge until the very last swing. See what I did there? Anyways, it’s going to be interesting to see the fallout from Negan’s introduction to the series, especially considering how the season finale ended.

What was your favorite moment of the episode or were you just happy to get through it?

New Recording Tool

I was scanning through Facebook today and ran across this post for a new digital-based guitar.

I have to say, this bad boy seems interesting at the least. Being able to “play” the guitar is something everyone has fantasied about (I’m an amateur air guitarist, myself) but this guitar seems to give a person a the ability to be a pro with the press of a single button.

What I want to find out about this guitar is if it would act like a midi instrument for recording? If it does, it would be a game-changer for artists who want to speed up his or her recording sessions. Being able to apply a natural strum sound with the ability to digital change the key/notes of the song would be incredible.

So what do you think? Who else is interested in the Magic Instrument Guitar?

New Website!

Hi everyone and welcome to my brand new website. It’s nice to finally have it up and running. Going to work on the media query stuff a little later but for now, we’re good to go.

I’ll be sharing my thoughts and insights on everything from art & graphic design to comic books, music, and maybe just some news of the day and food for thought.

Oh, and keep an eye out for my work, which I’ll be sharing, as well. So enjoy and I look forward to hearing back from all of you!