Hobby Art for the Artist's Sake: 4/27/04
I had an interesting email from a fellow artist wondering why I took time off from creating art last year.
He wondered if I had burned out or was frustrated with the lack of comments from viewers as he's currently facing that sort
of crisis. I replied that I had been unemployed at the time and didn't have the time or energy to create but I certainly
hadn't burned out.
Art for the Artist's Sake:
I've been a hobby artist since I was about a year and a half old. I started with crayons
and water colors (those cheap ones sold in drug stores). I later moved to paints: oils and later acrylics. UCLA introduced
me to digital art and my husband fully encouraged me to pursue those interests. When I draw, paint, or create on the computer
and I'm not at work, then I create for myself. I try to do something different (create a new model, create a different type
of scene) to push my skills but I don't stress over perfection or what others will think. I do post online at the 3D Commune
and here because the potential for human interaction is fun and I do enjoy receiving the comments but I don't live for them.
Art for the Client's Sake:
I'm a professional web designer / web producer and graphic designer is one of the hats
I have to wear from time to time. When I'm creating for a client, I create for what they want or need. Then of course I'm
working towards creating something they will like and will work for their project. Even in these projects though, I have
fun. Perhaps if art stopped being fun I would stop but that hasn't happened yet.