Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Internet Marketing, The Sh**head Edition

Why is it that companies/independent entrepreneurs can only muster forum posts and blog comments that if not blatantly spam, smell like and look like it?  Like when someone posts a reply to your blog, but it actually has absolutely nothing to do with the original post.  Here's a tip, a hint of sincerity goes a long way, and if you actually had anything truly insightful to say, people would back-track to your blog or business venture.
I love seeing the posts on Linked in and the like where the discussion topic is "Hire me....blah, blah".  Here is a two part question:  what part of that actually constitutes a discussion and second, why should they hire you?  Apparently you have nothing to contribute to the group you belong to, what does that say about your abilities to contribute to that prospective employer that your poorly marketing to/spamming?
There is no formula to making it in business and especially not in this creative field, but I can note one truism, the people who have made it worked hard and have done so sincerely.  Bobby Chiu of Imaginism Studios, pioneer of the global phenomenon of subway sketching, has said, "...the best things have come from the things that I wanted to do, not for the money, but just because I wanted to do them."  For my own piece, I'd say that just doing quality work and getting it out to your market are the key ingredients to success.  A little networking never hurt, but all the same, if you cannot generate any interest in your work after taking care of the producing and marketing aspect, you may have to answer some hard, honest questions to yourself.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Stonehenge Was Nearly Trampled by a Dwarf!!

  I'm currently in an online group show dedicated to Spinal Tap, entitled "Smell the Glove", hosted by Phone Booth Gallery.  I love the "Stonehenge was nearly trampled by a dwarf!" line, it never fails to make me laugh, and did a piece inspired by it.  I decided to make the dwarf's costume a hybrid of a druid and jestor's clothing. 

Monday, July 6, 2009

Art Might Just Be in the Blood

A friend recently gave me a trove of digital reference materials, among them were a bunch of painters that I've never heard of. One folder was entitled "Emile Friant", that's funny because my last name is "Friant". So, I open a self-portrait image by this artist, and what do you know, he looks a lot like my family! Wow, I didn't think anyone did anything particularly note-worthy, with the exception of my WWII veteran grandfather, Leon and my biochemist uncle Steve. Below, is Emile, under Emile are my eldest brother and middle brother, Dave and Jeremy and on the left is myself, Ryan Friant...as of yet, I don't have the completely awful hair-line, but some things are inevitable.
Above are a few of Emile's paintings, he was a strong realist painter, though I may be somewhat partial on the matter! His images show a great use of color, composition and drama.