I once listened to Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton talk about his photography in an interview. HONY is one of the most followed Facebook profiles in the world. I don't remember exactly what he said, but it was something to the effect of: "I'm far from the best photographer out there. That's not why people come to HONY." ****
I loved that. What a thing for a photographer to say. He was right. If you're familiar with HONY, it's the blow-you-over stories he gets people to share that draw in millions of international followers. The photography is a means to an end. It's not the end.
I think a lot of artists get hung up on ends. End product was something I had to negotiate early in my journey. This is a page from the Austin Coloring Book. The oars droop. Noticeably! I didn't catch it until after my first local print run of 500 books. So I left it. I reasoned the art must have made me really happy with droopy oars or I would have caught it sooner. I reasoned it would probably make others happy too. As I'm getting ready to go into holiday number three (yes we prep early for Christmas) we'll be printing our ten-thousandth book! TEN THOUSAND BOOKS! ****
What are you saying Borrelli? Are you saying you can violate basic elements of design and still sell art? Yes. Yes I am. People are drawn to art for so many reasons. Precise technique is only one. I decided a long time ago if the environments in the art made me feel joy, the drawings would be a means to THAT end. The coloring book drawings are not my end. The joy is. Well, and making rainbows in the sky. 🌈
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