Of course, I don't think I'll ever get into the business of doing art. Sure, I could go to an art college and be a pro, but I feel content in the amateur category that I am in now- that and this may sound funny, but I have a *passion* for accounting.
However, I can appreciate good art, and I do like to support other artists by taking commissions, though right now with the meager amount of money that I make I can't do it as much as I'd like to. I come here though to as for some opinions on a few matters that I am seeing on other websites(*coughdeviantartcough*).
So here it is- one is fishing for free art. There was a contest awhile back from Square-Enix, it went as this: they wanted people to make art for their new game on the DS with a deadline to the contest being two weeks from when the contest was issued. The prizes were a copy of the game for 10 winners and one of them gets a grand prize of a critique from the square enix art staff. Of course part of entering the contest was giving them rights to your art, and Squeenix lately has this tendency to just design characters with trendy clothes. All I see from them is belts and zippers.
You'd also think a company as big as them could easily hand out a scholarship for a prize.
The second thing that I see on the site are people who hold contempt for artists that sell their work. There's this attitude held mostly by a bunch of tweens that it's evil to sell your talent and art should be about art for art's sake. I also noticed a lot that say this are still in the amateur category like I am and yet claim to be offered many commissions. I could pull up some quotes like this for an example though-
"Why the hell would anyone want to get paid for art? I still don't understand that, art isn't about money, at least for me. I would feel like a sell out pig if I ever got paid to produce art work. People tell me all the time that I should become a professional artist, I've even gotten requests for commissions, I refused to hear a word of it because thats not why I do what I do. The only thing I've ever put up for sale was a little napkin drawing that I gave to my uncle to sell in his coffee shop, I did it because some no talent ass hole was charging 5,000 dollars for some bull shit paintings of celebrities, that really sucked, so, to piss my grandmother off I gave him this shitty used napkin that I drew on and told him to smack a 20,000 dollar price tag on it, just to piss her off."
Said person is 18 and calls anyone who makes money off of art as selfish, a sell out, etc. Not to make any blows at people's art though but if this
is the best one can offer for art then I really wouldn't say one should have input on what the pros do with their art.
Anyways, that's all that comes to mind right now that I wonder about, so if anyone can offer opinions I'll be more than happy to read through them.