for me it's personal development and being able to express myself. as an artist constant improvement is sought after daily and with improvement your better able to express yourself in your own way. after that's done, then comes the $$$ and the notoriety.
Post by mistresslegato on Apr 3, 2009 2:45:39 GMT -5
I don't relate success to money. I relate success to being able to get a job in your field. I've alway been sort of shaky about my work, nervous that I wasn't good enough, but I got an offer at my portfolio show to illustrate some children's stories and got a lot of people dropping by mytable just because they were impressed with my art.
At that point, I finally felt like I was successful in art, despite knowing I still have a LOT of room to grow!
I agree that money comes with notoriety, but notoriety doesn't always come from talent, often received because of personal relationships and hype. Look at K-Fed. He's only famous now because he knocked up Britney Spears, not because a talented musician.
Just speaking from my own opinion on it all, I think you kind of have to toss aside the idea of success. I read this really cool quote from another artist that always stuck with me:
"There's no such thing as success, only interesting variations of failure."
It sounds kind of cynical, I guess, but I really think that it's true. (Just speaking from a creative POV)
Like mistresslegato said, I don't really draw a line from success to money... it just isn't my bag...earning your living is something to be proud of, but everyone has to do that. I suppose the fact that art can BE a job is pretty damn spectacular.
So I guess the success would be more along the lines of personal development....getting up everyday and tackling your art, rain or shine, just to fight to get it made! There's a satisfaction in that.
"It takes a sweet little bullet from a pretty blue gun to put those scarlet ribbons in your hair"-Tom Waits
Post by questionablemuffin on May 13, 2009 11:46:07 GMT -5
I can't say I really know what success is right now because I don't feel like I've reached it yet at all. Art wise I think it changes for me with what I'm trying to do. At first it was getting into an Art College which surprised me when I did. Then it was passing my classes during my freshman year and now that I don't know what to do with myself besides draw at the moment I'm not sure what to focus on. I think I'm happy to be able to see progress in my work more than anything else at least for me.
Post by chargedgraphite on Jun 18, 2009 11:03:15 GMT -5
Success ground down into the raw would be simply to know that I try with everything I've got in me, which in that, there is no failure, no matter what the outcome may be.
To judge any ' failure ' as a bad thing is self-destructive. It isn't a failure, but an experience. You haven't learned how to draw on a professional level yet, so what...you weren't born knowing how to walk or run either.
Honestly, how many times in your life can you think back and remember skinning a knee of falling while running, tripping in the hall or any of those things?
That's not considered a failure, but by definition of one, it is, in regards to you not walking properly...in that pov, you failed as a walker. Oh no!
Take a simple look at what you want to do and work at it until you do it right, if you are focused on getting there, you will...