Let’s face it, doing 3D modeling, Sculpting, making movies….. ITS FUN!! So, I’m supposed to charge for this?
This stuff is so much fun in fact that I’ve said on many occasions: “If I was independently wealthy and all my bills were paid, I would still do 3D…. I would do it for free right now if room and board were covered”. I do it for myself: because I love to create art, I love to learn, and I love to share my knowledge with the world. Here’s the cold hard facts: Nobody REALLY has the luxury of just sitting around all day creating artwork for free without a care in the world. Ok, so there may be the few wealthy kids out there who are afforded a few years after grad school to “Find themselves” by doing whatever they want for a couple years before they have to grow up and uphold the family name (ie: get a job and pay their own bills). But that’s not reality, at least not for most of us. Artwork, and especially GCI/Animation, is all around us. We see it every single day no matter where we look. It’s not just the multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbusters and video games. It’s in everything from the Zoloft commercials on TV to the wallpaper on your cell phone to the new iPhone billboard and the IKEA catalog (Seriously, 75% of the “photos” in the ikea catalog are CGI now). It’s so intertwined in our daily lives that we don’t even notice it anymore. But what so many up-and-coming artists fail to realize is that art is actually worth something. This is a big deal, it’s huge, and nobody seems to REALLY get it. Continue reading