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Exposure and Creativity

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 5, 2014, 5:11 AM
 











Hi everybody...I hope you all had a good Halloween (if you celebrate it). I just had something I wanted to talk about, and maybe get some opinions on.

Recently, I read a book about the psychological  processes involved in creativity called Your Creative Brain. It's an extremely interesting and informative book, and I'd highly suggest you give it a read if you're interested in that sort of thing. It explains the different thought processes that are needed to do creative work, and has exercises in it that you can do to brush up on certain ones you might be weak in if you're feeling blocked.

One thing that's mentioned in it though, is the idea that sharing one's creative work with others is the last step in the creative process. It proposes that in order for an act to be considered creative, it has to be a.) original, and b.) adaptive or useful to someone, therefore, in order know if something meets that second criterion, it has to be shared.

Now...okay. I can't help but wonder, what if you don't want to share it? Does that mean it can't truly be considered creative? What if you are creating something solely for your own benefit? I got the impression from this book that 'other people' was the preferable way to go.  And it's not just this book, either- in all the books on making art and especially writing that I've read, one of the main talking points is how to get your work 'out there', and how to get yourself seen.

It seems you never hear about people wanting to create things only for themselves. I suppose you naturally wouldn't, but I've rarely even heard it talked about. It seems you can't have a desire to write without also wanting to be a professional novelist. You can't have a desire to draw well unless you aspire to do work for games or movies. This has led me to wonder if there's some sort of taboo about it.

What do you think? Is it wrong to keep your work to yourself, not out of fear, but simply out of a personal preference? Do you think there's something more noble or admirable about sharing your creative work with others as opposed to enjoying it privately? Do you feel that if an artist/writer creates something, they have some kind of duty to share it with the world?

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- Why isn't -x image- for sale as a print? I'd like to buy one.

- I used to submit every new piece as a print, but since they sold so infrequently, I stopped doing it. However, if you are interested in purchasing something as a print, just click the "Request as Print" link to the right of the picture and I'll get it set up for you, no problem. (Okay, so this question isn't exactly 'frequently asked', but I thought I'd put it here, anyway =P)

- I know your journal says you're not taking commissions, but is that up to date? Would you make an exception?

- Whatever the little stamp at the bottom of my journal says, goes. I always keep that up to date. And no, if it says commissions are closed, I do not make exceptions to that. The truth is, I do not typically take on commissions at all. I do not mean to sound rude if I turn you down for a commission, but if I say I am not taking them, then I ask that you please accept that. Thank you.

- I am interested in selling your work as PSP tubes, would you be interested?

- I already sell tubes through Creative Design Outlet, so no.

- Can I post your art to my Facebook page/blog/Tumblr/other non-profit site?

- Sure, just don't edit the images in any way. That means no color changes, no resizing, and absolutely no cropping. Also, I do not allow the use of my images on commercial websites without paying a licensing fee. Contact me here on DA or email (enamorte92 at gmail dot com) if you wish to use my images in this way.

- I would like to make wallpapers out of your art to share them on -website-, would you allow that?

- As I stated above, I do not allow my images to be edited. If you are wanting to make them from my tubes which you've purchased from CDO, then you need only follow the terms of use provided on their site. Other than that, I must say no.

- Can I tube -x image-? It will only be for my own use and I promise I'll give you credit.

- NO, absolutely not. I already offer tubes through CDO. If the piece you want to use isn't there, let me know, and I'll see what I can do.

- Would you mind if I got some of your artwork as a tattoo?

- For the most part, sure, I don't mind. There are some pieces which are rather personal to me that would prefer you not (mainly just my Amethyst Eyes stuff), but as for the rest, go for it.

- I would like to enquire about licensing your work for use on my product/s, would you be interested?

- I can't answer that off hand, as it really depends on what the product is, but please note that I will not offer my images for sale in digital form. My work is currently already licensed through:

Creative Design Outlet (Paint Shop Pro tubes)

Heaven and Earth Designs (cross stitch charts)

-Thanks for reading. :)

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Hikatsuke Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As I searched through the critiqueable section, I saw some of your works by chance. I really liked what I saw so I decided to take a look at more of your work. And every new piece I saw was also great *____*  You have an amazing sense for colouring and I got the feeling that every colour in every single work of you is chosen very aware.
Added to my devWatch!  Keep up the amazing work, I can´t wait to see more ^-^
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Viokcha Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are my beautiful mistake of the day :)
I found your page in a totally random way, and it was instant love!
Keep up the great work, lady! :heart:
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Lolita-Artz Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!! wonderful gallery :love: thanks for the watch^^
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Rest-In-Pinkness Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy belated bday and im so happy for u, getting urself back on track, my dear :)
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GhostShow Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY~~~
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