What do you think of people who are not willing to compensate an artist financially, but instead offer a promise of exposure for the work? Is it ever worth it to take these free jobs in hopes that it will lead to more lucrative ones?
I think social media is already a pretty good platform for an artist to gain this coveted “exposure” without having to work for a client for free. I also think that if someone cannot at least specify what kind of exposure my work will be getting, the project isn’t worth my time.
I see a lot of photorealistic works here on Deviantart…and by that I mean work that copies a specific (usually copyrighted) photograph exactly, down to the last detail, with no form of expression or personal interpretation whatsoever. They are most often pencil portraits of celebrities or popular fictional characters. I used to be pretty enamoured with this type of work and even attempted it myself when I was younger, but recently I’ve become a bit disillusioned with artists that copy (unoriginal) photographs to the ninth degree, with zero changes or any expressive qualities (i.e different colours or more vigorous strokes). I highly value technical skill, but this kind of work just comes off a bit…sterile.
I’m not saying that no one should ever do it, artists can certainly do what they want. I just wonder what the point of this type of photorealism is? Do you think it’s important to learn to draw as realistically as a photograph before venturing into other types of art?