That bit about visual artists having it easy? Just fyi, I didn’t exactly mean it.
I mean… okay, maybe I kind of meant it, but can you blame me? I like artwork I can see, but I don’t even have a faint hope of creating it. Not in the way I would want to. And I don’t have the passion (or sufficient talent to sustain the existing passion) to go through all the footwork of learning and honing my skills in that medium. So who knows… maybe that colors my judgement a bit. Maybe I’m a little bitter that some of you fuckers can paint to your imaginations content while I am left to toil away with words, concepts, stories… intangibles.
If you want to see your work spring to life as a painter all you’ve got to do is buy a canvas and cover it with color. Me? I have the internet, I have the dilema of creating a puzzle before I can put it together, putting it together as I go or before sharing… and if or when I get that far with any of the stories or characters, then I have a longshot of getting published by a big enough brand name to make some money. Or, I can lose money and pay out the ass to self-publish. That’s a long way to go before holding something solid in my hand though. So…
I don’t know if you’ve got it “easy” as a visual artist. I do know this much though: you’re lucky bastards to be able to conjure up your creations in such a real, immediate way. There are a lot of things I don’t envy of that particular artform, a lot of things I probably don’t take into account out of ignorance, inexperience. But the way you can see what you’re creating, the way it blossoms before your eyes over the hours, days, weeks… I imagine there’s a certain satisfaction there. One that is nowhere to be found in a lot of the process of creating something with words.
At first glance anyways. Of course I say that knowing there’s probably a similar process with visuals. I just don’t have to worry acknowledge it through my own firsthand experience because I’m no good with that art form. I don’t have to go through it visually. And, when you get right down to it, I can poke fun at it all I want. The division between words and images might be arbitrary in artwork, at least when it comes to what I was talking about, but that doesn’t mean I have to act like it. Treating illusions like they’re real is part of what makes magic fun, after all. Haha in other words…
Giving it a Fair Shake – The Shortened Version
Don’t take my condescending tact to seriously when I say they have it easy.
There’s a perfectly fair chance I’m full of shit on that one. I just don’t care enough not to say it, because on some level the grass occasionally seems greener on the other side. Even if I know it’s probably not, I’m not about to keep myself from entertaining the fantasy for a moment.
The fair shake after that moment has passed though: they’ve probably got it just as easy as any other artist. Which is to say… it’s probably not as easy as it looks. That should probably be said now that I’ve said my bit on the painstakingly puzzle-like nature of constructing a story from nothing.