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Guest blogger Doug Hoppes speaks from the heart about family support and the realities of selling your art.
Friends and family. You gotta love them. If they are truly there for you, they’ll say lots of kind things about you and your artwork. I remember, when I was starting out, a lot of my friends and family “ooooh”-ed and “awe”-ed about my paintings and drawings. They talked about how talented I was and I was totally going to make it as an artist. I believed them. I was thinking… yeah, my work is pretty original. Nobody is doing anything like I do and it’s just as good as a lot of professional work that I’ve seen. I’ve got this in the bag.
The problem about friends and family is that, for the most part, they aren’t giving you actual money for your work. As they say, talk is cheap. They want you to feel good and be happy. They don’t want to tell you that the figure drawing that you did looks like some sort of deformed alien. Or that the house that you painted is seriously leaning to the side and the colors are really garish. They want to support you in your endeavors.