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11 4 / 2014
Am I the only one who feels like it’s a terrible, exploitative thing to get 30+ guest artists for a book that’s being sold for personal gains?
There is no mention of a charity and about 80% of the work is guest art, meaning the guest artists are the selling point. I am willing to bet that the guests didn’t realize this would be the case. I personally have nothing against having guests, but only if they’re an added bonus and not the bulk of the book. Moreover, the guest artists weren’t paid (aside from a copy of the book/goodies) and profits probably aren’t going to be divvy’d amongst these 30+ artists.
Essentially, the “main artist” is going to make thousands of dollars off these artists.
The most frustrating part of this is that the contributing artists are likely going to let it slide on the basis of preserving the relationship with the “main artist.” To them, it’s not worth the scuffle since they only contributed 1 piece each. In fact, I expect some backlash from the contributors for even bringing this to light. But I don’t care at this point, even if the artists I respect hate me for this.
This is such a blatant manipulation of the artist culture I love so much. I can’t support this project because I support the contributing artists.
If this were committed by a random entrepreneur, it would NEVER be considered okay, so why is it okay if it’s a popular artist?
After reading this post by joodlez, I wanted to clarify where the profits would be going, so naturally, I asked soundlesswind themself. According to soundlesswind, the book is going to help someone they know, as well as a portion being set aside for a Cancer Society. The “thousands of dollars” are not going to be kept for themself, and whether you think helping a friend in immediate need is personal gain is your own opinion. According to soundlesswind, the guest artists know this and decided to participate, and so they are not being taken advantage of. As long as the guest artists are aware and decided to contribute anyways, it is their own choice and you cannot judge them for that.
I understand your cautiousness about this matter, joodlez, especially because this kind of thing DOES happen in the art community and when it happens it is awful. However, shooting someone an ask was a simple and easy task that provided some much needed clarification.
You heard it yourself, don’t just shoot down something just because one person had “speculations” and decided it was fact. Decide for yourself about these things.
In actuality though, one shouldn’t have to reveal to the public every little aspect of a project and it should be assumed that all artists knew what they’re going into and were free to leave if they wanted to. They all had a choice. So I request those who support this artbook and the artists in it to spread this around to clarify a false speculation that was made “fact”
Thanks net-idol for taking the initiative and actually asking about the project. I admire your courtesy to find out more about it and it’s cause. I hope this clarifies any misunderstanding fabricated by the original post.