Monday, February 6, 2012

Commissioned Verses Self-Directed Projects

Fabulous article from artist Robert Genn... "commissioned jobs not as joyful as self-directed projects?" Having a great time with Today I Create.

What's your opinion?



Carol said...

I do love doing my own thing and just letting my creativity take its own road BUT I also love the challenge of commissions. I end up drawing something that I would never in a million years have come up with on my own and it pushes me to try new things. I wouldnt want to spend all my time working on commissions but I do enjoy doing them.

(but then I'm not professionally trained. I do get very excited that someone not only want to buy something that I have produced but want me to something special for them)

C x

Jamie Lees said...

Thanks for your point of view on this important topic Carol!

Jennifer said...

I believe it - I live it. I once had a student who couldn't believe that I blog - that I "give my writing away for free." I tried to get across the idea of writing (creating) for love (and really - all my classes are about THAT), but she didn't get it. She had big money in her eyes.

I get some satisfaction in writing professionally, in getting the job done. But there is wonder in creating because something drives you to. Finding the joy in it is to understand the magic of it.

That's my opinion anyway. To create something and not care what anybody thinks about it.

Jamie Lees said...

Thanks for your thoughts on this Jennifer. I find the self-directed projects take you in directions you never could have imagined. :)