Yesterday’s Boobapalooza T-shirt instantly became my top design, which probably does not surprise anyone, and even though I ultimately make very little money on T-shirts, every sale is gratifying. It does help an artist feel justified.
Telling the inner critic to shut up is a good practice, even if it can be terribly difficult at times. Dragon seems pretty upbeat and definitely inclined to follow the art, not the critic. Maybe this is Dragon’s New Year Resolution? It’s not mine, actually. My New Year’s Resolution was to stop picking fights with random strangers on conservative web sites, and I’ve been 100% successful at it, and it’s definitely improved my life. But Dragon’s take is a good one, too.
We were talking about this online, a few people with different relationships to the arts than I have. A woman who teaches art said she liked to make things, and didn’t want to be overrun with objects. So for her, selling was a practical matter. Now that I create primarily in pixels, I don’t have that issue (although I do need external memory, since the MacBook Air hard drive is pretty finite when it comes to storage) but I do need that little boost that says, “You’re not completely delusional. Someone, somewhere, finds this worthwhile.”