Time to re-visit this thread.
I posted here when I was relatively new to the forum. As I got deeper into the drawing training processes and began to earn a bit of money with my art, my opinion changed. And then somehow the new commercial branch had broken off, just as it had come unexpectedly, currently I'm focussing on improvement only.
I feel like I had a glimpse behind the mirror, behind what norms and society's values want me to see.
Yes, we are all in one giant competition named life.
So it's great to promote oneself, it's fantastic to earn money with what you love.
But if social media infect even the youngest or freshest artists with the thought of monetarizing everything, making a brand out of themselves (not only their art), that can't be good.
I feel like I'm surrounded with the demand, that all artists, also hobbyists who declare they don't strive for anything, are running in a competition for money, likes or whatever. It takes the soul out of art, if they don't know why they are doing it exactly, it makes them tools. Tools to entertain. Tools to feed another money processing machine in another branch of economy. Art is so subjective...it makes a bad good, it's not stable and it's not really measurable like "I want 100g of painting". "One real art please".
Maybe it's just me that does not fit in.
I don't want to give my soul away to brainless commerce and a hunt for numbers, neither of the side of the creators, nor on the side of consumers.
Of course, not all commerce is brainless. I don't want to label people/things/concepts/whatever.
I for myself just enjoy my time away from social media now. This forum is perfect. I received so much valuable criticism, months here helped me to develop faster than I had developed the years before. I was not fit to run the competition, at least not without losing the inner content of my content :')
If I have no time to breathe, have to produce all the time, I can't really be me and my pictures will show this.
I am so confused at times.