Art School consumption of graphic media:
Wow these proportions are so bad this artist is terrible how do they get work we should all redline these to show how much better we could do them if they hired people like us
Professional Life consumption of graphic media:
"Poor dude probably had to draw like eighty panels that day, I hope he didn’t have to spend his whole weekend doing weird revisions marketing came up with"
Oh dear lord this. This so much.
A delicate subject involving creators, buyers and the middlemen website people. It’s great for buyers and the middlemen, not so much for the creators. Who wants to submit work for a chance to ‘win’ the cash prize being dangled in front of you? Not professionals, I think. Time is money and that time could be better spent doing work for guaranteed pay and marketing yourself and other more useful activity.
I’ve actually asked my parents about what they think of it and I’ve gotten two very different replies. My dad feels it’s a terrible business practice where creators are concerned. Who wants to spend 20 hours on a project and then competing with another 200 entries in the hopes of earning money? If you don’t get chosen, tough luck then. Try again. I personally think it results in cheap knockoff designs.
My mom however feels that it’s a perfectly legitimate way of doing business. If people want to be exploited by the system, let them. You don’t have the join in and compete with all these people if you can find work elsewhere. No one’s forcing you into it. I’ve tried to explain to her how it devalues the work in the market but she shrugs and goes that’s just how business is. Gotta compete with the guy in thailand making $2 shoes right. If people think their work is only worth $2 then good for them, there’s nothing you can do to argue with them otherwise.
I think that a system like this would mostly end up being flooded by either fresh grads out of school or people who don’t do art for a living. It’s too risky to use this method to earn any sort of steady income, seeing how fickle and subjective it is. One might say, you can put the work that didn’t get chosen into your portfolio. Sure you could do that, if you could afford to keep churning out art for various art briefs and not mind if you didn’t get paid for it.
This rant may feel a little out of the blue but it’s bothering me more now only because I’ve been approached by someone who expressed interest in starting up a game asset crowdsourcing system and I am trying to find a way to…politely explain why I don’t think it’s such a great idea. But I think where money’s concerned… it gets hard.
Sometimes I think I will go back to WoW to get away from my bouts of depression. Then I realise that it’s no use because I’d actually be too depressed to play anything at all. Already I’m usually too busy to think about gaming.
I’m a little worried about what will happen when STGCC is over. When that is over I’ll have a moment of peace and quiet and that actually scares me something good.