This is probably going to be a useless note, but I would just like to inform you that I think your creations are incredibly inspiring. I have enough sculpting skill to create something -like- your creations rather than buying them and would probably rather do so (since making neat things for keeps is one of my drives in life), and even though I'd never try to outright copy you (and am unlikely to even sell my works), I wonder how you feel about just providing that seed of inspiration.
Wow, anon(s) bringing the complicated questions today.
This is another issue that most artists find themselves facing at some point. Inspiring others feels awesome. It means a lot to me when people say that, and I think most creatives would agree with me.
But sometimes it crosses a line. People go from being inspired to outright copying your work. Sometimes they don’t even realize they’re doing it. I once emailed someone who had studied my designs and was attempting to make their own Beastlies. It’s not always easy to find a polite way to send that “Please stop doing this so we don’t have to get lawyers in the mix” email, but I tried to encourage her to find her own style instead of just ripping off the style that I had spent six years creating and refining. She responded by saying that her work looked like mine because “clay is a very limiting medium,” so she couldn’t possibly help making copies of Beastlies. That kind of crazybrain bullshit nonsense becomes a real problem for artists: People can get SO inspired by one person’s work that they can’t see past it to ever work on anything that’s actually their own.
So you know… Make stuff! Have a great time! I’m delighted to have been inspiring in some way! But keep in mind that just not trying to copy someone isn’t always enough. You actually have to outright TRY NOT to copy other artists. I do. Everyone does. It’s an essential part of being a creative person.
When I was growing up, and I became a fan of something, I actively contributed to that thing with my dollars.
If I liked a band, a movie, an artist, an intellectual property….I bought something from them. I BOUGHT cds, VHS tapes, t-shirts, toys, posters, books etc. Because this is how you got to experience that media, by owning it.
NOW, with the advent of the internet, social media and mobile devices, these creators can spread their wares to everyone, everywhere, all the time. BUT, how many of those people are actually helping keep those creators in business with actual dollars, or even a SINGLE dollar across the length of their fandom of said creator? Likes, follows and comments on instagram do not equate to support beyond warm-fuzzies. Likes on Facebook are even more pervasive, because even though I may have 15k followers, FB decides how many of them actually get to see any given post, and it’s often less than 1000.
Your dollars go to your phone service providers, to your ISP’s, but that does not trickle down to the creators that you swoon over on social media in any real substantial way. Sure, youtube channels that have over 100k subscibers make money from ad revenue, but it has become such a small increment that it’s almost negligable.
You pay money for cable Television, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes. All of those companies have contracts with record companies and studios that actually get money BACK to the entertainers.
In the new world of creators that generate regular content that is spread through social media and the internet, how do they get compensated? Sure they will get the comments ” I am so thankful fo what you do” ”Or I love waking up to your new creations every day” and that is AWESOME, but, it doesn’t put food on the table. I really love my fans, and I try to interact as much as I can. I know I’d be knowere without the handful of people who found me on the internet and became rabid collectors of my work. I also know that not everyone can invest in original art, but they CAN enjoy it every day, and can afford less than what it would cost to buy Stabucks coffee for a week to support me on Patreon for a YEAR.
Now that Patreon exists, there is a way for people to actually contribute and support the creators and content that they love. It can amount to being cheaper than a magazine subscription, with out ads! The money goes directly to the creator and only a small percentage is ever taken by Patreon itself. Patreon was created BY a content creator that could no longer sustain on the diminishing returns of the Youtube revenue system.
I know I have promoted this several times before, but I really wanted to talk about it, and why I am doing it. They guys who run Patreon are solid, smart and PASSIONATE people who love fans, creators and community, I wil take every opportunity I can to support THEM.
Please think about your media consumption and consider becoming a patron of me or any number of thousands of creatos on patreon today! YOUR $24 a year, will actually help someone to make a real living.