Print

Print


Well said, Barry.  Nothing worth doing can be *that* simple.


On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM, Barry K. MacKay <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> One possible test is whether or not the work involved would or would not
> be illustrated in the absence of the freebie, but even then, I feel the
> freebie is justified ONLY if you feel strongly (and I emphasize “strongly”)
> in the project.  I recently illustrated a book on an issue I have devoted
> years of effort to, because I wanted it to look good.   Mind you, even then
> I stipulated that I retain the originals, most of which were saleable so I
> did make a modest profit; also, that the interior illustrations be in
> colour, even though they were reproduced in black and white, because a
> colour drawing takes no longer to do, and is far more likely to sell.
>
>
>
> But while people buy paintings of birds, they are less likely to be
> interested in an original illustration of the inner ear or a cross section
> of a lizard’s torso or variations in wing structures of fruit flies
> (although such art can be quite wondrous).
>
>
>
> There are times, not many, when I have donated original art to a
> charitable cause I support, figuring that I would do the same if I made its
> value by selling the original (again remembering that I am not in the
> position of doing non-saleable paintings), and were I to sell it, and
> donate the money, I’d be putting a painting into a patron’s or collector’s
> possession, thus reducing the likelihood that she/he will by another.
>
>
>
> But usually, when asked for a freebie, I just say no, explain that it is
> how I earn part of my living (I also do environmental and animal protection
> work).
>
>
>
> I also hate to be asked for paintings that didn’t sell, or sketches, or
> “just something simple”, since it does, in the outside world, represent my
> work.   Even a “simple” drawing takes up a of time, and materials.   I
> think some folks have seen too many movies where an artist picks up chunk
> of charcoal and in a few moments creates a beautiful and complete drawing.
> It’s not that simple.
>
>
>
> Barry
>
>
>
>
>
> *Barry Kent MacKay*
>
> *Bird Artist, Illustrator*
>
> Studio: (905)-472-9731
>
> http://www.barrykentmackay.ca
> [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration-
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Bruce Bartrug
> *Sent:* May-02-14 10:49 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: [SCIART] Work for free is not confined to art
>
>
>
> I have no answer for that, Anne.  How many pretty young women go to New
> York to be models and come home six months later broke and, maybe, wiser.
> (Hmm....same business that began this thread.)  Supply and demand are
> always an issue in any line of endeavor, but if artists of any genre
> refused free work, those that stay in the field would have a easier time.
>
> b
>
>
>
> On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 10:44 AM, Anne Runyon <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> All I know is that it just keeps on keeping.
>
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________________________
>
> Need to leave or subscribe to the Sciart-L listserv? Follow the
> instructions at
> http://www.gnsi.org/resources/reviews/gnsi-sciart-l-listserv
>
> ________________________________________________
>
> Need to leave or subscribe to the Sciart-L listserv? Follow the
> instructions at
> http://www.gnsi.org/resources/reviews/gnsi-sciart-l-listserv
>



-- 
Bruce Bartrug
Nobleboro, Maine, USA
[log in to unmask]
www.brucebartrug.com

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing.  - Albert Einstein

Need to leave or subscribe to the Sciart-L listserv? Follow the instructions at
http://www.gnsi.org/resources/reviews/gnsi-sciart-l-listserv