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Re: wow

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Lauretta A. Hendricks-Backus (
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 11:35:52 -0600

I see a difference between an illustrator and an artist. Mike you are also
a business man. some people don't have that skill. (Thank God.) Some
people have an inherent drive to create art. I personally find value in
that. Our tax dollars have gone to support a war in the gulf to keep us
running with oil. I have no problem spending some of that money on the
arts, let alone educating our children. I also want to point out that
Vincent Van Gogh sold one painting in his life time and died in poverty.
Maybe that's not relevant or maybe it is. My problem with NEA is the
decision making on who and what gets the money. However, that is how it is
in big governments. The little guy always gets lost. I would like to see
distribution at more of a grass roots level.

At 10:23 AM 10/26/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>Mike - I am curious. How do you make money with your art work? Also, what
>>do exactly suggest artists do to support themselves and still have time
to make
>I am an illustrator. I paint images for books (mainly children's
>literature), design projects (annual reports, brochures, collateral
>pieces), advertising (posters, packaging, ads), institutional (posters, PR
>materials) and editorial (magazine articles, newspapers, some television
>I began as a film animator and did Sesame Street segments, commercials, a
>piece for Nova and even Saturday morning cartoons.
>I also occasionally teach drawing and life drawing in a local college and
>drawing seminars to corporate design departments.
>An artist CAN make a decent living - provided he divests himself of the
>foolish notion that purity is some kind of virtue. If personal projects are
>important to you either do them on your own time or you can forgo the money
>to be had from commercial ventures. Should you choose the latter you
>shouldn't expect the public to pick up the tab for your decision.
>Mike Reed