Tuesday, October 9, 2012
So, this year at the park has proven to be very challenging in a lot of ways. It seems like people have been more fickle than ever about this stuff, and as a result of that I decided that I was going to knock down the amount of "good" sketches that I do in favor of the quick stuff. Why? Let me explain.
An issue that has cropped up time and time again for me over the years was people questioning the validity of the sketches that I do. Now, I'm definitely not saying that every sketch I've ever done in the park was pure gold as that would be a boldface lie. However, even when the sketches were dead on to the subjects I've overheard more people than enough this year making comments like "Does that look like him?" "Do you think that looks like that guy" "I don't know if I see that or not..." What I've come to realize is that for the average Joe and Jane, all they really want is a simple face sketch. Doesn't really have to look like them, as long as it's cute, flattering, and says VERY little about them. So for a little bit, I've done sketches for people this way...
All of a sudden I was making good money on a regular out there when I could get a crowd started, but damn did it take a toll. Those sketches were making me absolutely sick to my stomach. There had to be some sort of a compromise, as there was no way this would ever be acceptable to me in the long term. So what I've done is decided to split the kind of work I do into three tiers.
That said, that's all the news that fit to print. Any comments or advice that you want to leave me, feel free to do so as this is a topic that I'd definitely like to get into a deeper discussion about.