Earlier this week I mentioned in passing to my art teacher that I post some of my drawings online, and for some reason she took offense to this, and said things like my art could be sold without me knowing. I get where she's coming from, but I don't think she realizes just how much art there is on the internet and how little attention unknowns like me get. I'm flattered she thinks so highly of my work, but I just don't see theft as a reason not to post my art. What are your thoughts on this?
hmmm this is interesting. How old is your art teacher? Because I don’t think she realizes how important having an online presence is today. It’s hard for me to judge, because my work has been online for over 7 years now, and it’s only led to good things for me. Actually. This is REALLY confusing. Why would someone be against such good exposure??
Donato told me something really interesting, in that you shouldn’t be scared of something like that or online things in general. He always said to give away your work if you can, it makes people remember you better for your kindness. Any information: your real name, your phone number, your address; it isn’t as precious as you think, and posting it online and being open about it will only lead to more job opportunities and allow possible clients to contact you easier. He said to ALWAYS put all of this information on your emails and websites, and since I followed his advice, it has already led to more opportunities.
I honestly don’t know where your art teacher is coming from. Maybe in the past this was wrong, but now it is completely acceptable. The market is different. people will pay for prints and originals and commissions. Having an online presence is essential to that. I think letting people get to know you is just as important as showing your work. I feel like when someone is purchasing your work in any form they are making a statement that they enjoy YOU and what YOU do and will support YOU. I don’t think there are any negatives to posting work online and getting to know people. In most cases, if people do print out your work to put on their wall or whatever, or even steal it, then that is only a reminder that they enjoy you and that there are people that will support what you do.
Wow that was long. I’m sorry! I hope that was interesting and thought-provoking in any case, those are my thoughts on the matter. Thank you for giving me something to think about, love~!! :D <3 <3 <3