Monday Morning Rant, Oh For The Love of Sketch Cards…

Sooo…. This seems to be emotional state of the sketch card world these days…

(Ridiculously long speech ahead! Happy Monday anyway. 🙂 )
Much as I’d like to say “oh well, let’s just not look, it’s a gorgeous day let’s forget it”, experience tells me that when enough mold is swept under the rug, nasty things start crawling out from under that rug eventually.
It’s true that sometimes kids just have to argue out their differences, but when one kid is accused of selling chocolate when it’s actually something else turns around to say “well that’s what everyone else does” in order to deflect guilt, well, methinks there is a real problem.
Especially when it’s NOT what the vast majority of everyone else does. Art is difficult to define. One person’s Mona Lisa is another person’s toilet paper – whacha gonna doo. Everyone has a right to their own peaceful opinion.
It gets messy when a person tries to sell one thing as something else, then there is a very real problem, and in some cases a legal one.
Alright. The following is my opinion (my peaceful opinion), and one I stick to. Pre-printed art. Disclosure: My own artwork is hand painted, messy, mushy, and hopefully colorful because that is the way I personally like it, NOT BECAUSE I THINK IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO WORK.
—– It is the way I like to work, and always have. It’s what truly turns me on visually.
However, there are many ways of working, and pre printed art is one of them. My opinion on it is utterly meaningless. There are people who enjoy it, and that is wonderful.
The ONLY time it’s wrong is if someone tries to sell (the global) you a piece of art they say is hand drawn/painted/sketched, when it is actually printed. There is a legal word for that, it escapes me at the moment. If you want to sell pre printed work, just SAY it is pre printed – there are no doubt buyers who will be happy with it – but be honest.
Dishonesty, fraud, all that stuff, it hurts EVERYONE in the long run. Making a living in the art world is very much a challenge – one I love and wouldn’t change for anything. It is very disheartening to see collectors who enjoyed very much the luck of pulling any number of various artists’ work from sketch card packs, collectors who also enjoy commissioning a variety of other types of sketches or paintings, now become suspicious and wary of dealing with artists who have spent years building reputations.
This situation has happened before, but with this “artist”, I have never seen such vitriol from him towards other artists, collectors, sketch card companies such as Topps and Cryptozoic, telling everyone to “***k off” again and again and again.
I love my job and I STAND BY EACH AND EVERY ART CARD AND PAINTING I’ve done! But I also stand by those artists who have been around for a long time creating their own styles and flavors of artwork – all of us who do work based on pop culture must do realistic art – that is what is required – but we all try to put our own spins on those pieces! Besides those projects, we all do our own types of artwork as well! Art/sketch cards is just one of a vast number of venues.
To finish, I implore collectors to stick with us. We’ve been here through thick and thin. We do NOT go flipping birds to other artists. We DON’T go telling the various companies that hire us *uck off (to the public, by the way).
Every single line of work has it’s issues, be it working in the shop, being a teacher, department stores, anything. No job is perfect.
To go online and be utterly mean and revolting to avoid fraud is wrong. He is damaging in more ways than one.
I invite all artists to be proud of what they create, represent it honestly, and always, ALWAYS keep growing.
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