Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Study-Art School graduates rack up the most debt

This is a recent article from Time

I have done a post on this before but starry eyed artist wanna-bees keep racking up the debt.;postID=1510898538282675866

I think Ateliers are a great way to go but there are pitfalls.;postID=775151999227111475

I have news for you kids- illustration had been dead for over 30 years. Most of these desperate artists have turned by alchemy, copying photographs and little training into fine artists. I was an illustrator and I know this from bitter experience. However I was fortunate enough to have been a fine arts major and study with a fine painter in Providence- Eugene Tonoff.

Exceprt from in interview with Jacob Collins in The New Criterion

COLLINS:Now, at the very same time, the world of illustration just practically died, just died dead on its back.
TNC: Why? What do you mean?
COLLINS: I don’t know why, exactly, but my wife was working in publishing at the time. She worked at a children’s book company that produced around 140 books a year. They’d hire painters to paint the covers. I would drop in there, and there would be painters, illustrators showing up with paintings constantly: pastels, watercolors, oil paintings. During that time, sometime in the mid-1990s, they switched over to having covers with just plain type or Photoshopped photographs. A lot of it had to do with the fact that paintings just felt old-fashioned for book covers, and even kids didn’t want to buy them. It felt like the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew—old-fashioned—and they wanted to have a cool photograph.
Until then, all the movies were advertised with paintings. There was a painting for Star Wars, there was a painting for everything. I’m not an expert in the field, but from what I saw, there ware a whole lot of out-of-work illustrators all of a sudden. They just showed up, and they were exhibiting traditional-looking paintings done from photographs.

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