Drew’s Influence

tiny-turtle-by-drew-brophyI knew this day would come.  In the twenty years of Drew being an artist, we hadn’t heard anyone call him a sell-out.  Until now.

SELL-OUT.  The words make me cringe.  Usually uttered by uninformed or jealous people who don’t know what it means.

The accusation was on a blog that chooses one poor soul every week to be his “SELL-OUT OF THE WEEK.”  And every person he chooses for that column just happens to be successful.

It really irritated me.  (Drew, of course, laughed it off.)

The article implied that Drew is selling-out because he allows his art to go (more…)

(c) Hazel Dooney

(c) Hazel Dooney

Do you worry about your art being stolen?  Some creative types worry about this incessantly.

The progressive, successful ones don’t.

THE OLD WAY OF THINKING: The old way was to fiercely guard your images from any possible unauthorized use, even if it meant not letting many people see them.

I had an older gentleman tell me that he was afraid to put his paintings on the internet, for fear of someone stealing his ideas!

I told him that was the least of his worries; (more…)

Drew and Maria in Studio

Drew and Maria in Studio

The following is an excerpt from a chapter in my forthcoming book titled The Brophy Principles – A Brutally Honest Business Guide for Creative Types:

We get crazy proposals almost daily,  from people who want  to use Drew’s art and fame to help sell their products.  And that’s our job – to make things look cool.

I know that many a good deal can be a diamond in the rough, so I make it a point to entertain every idea, even the ones that sound downright stupid.

The problem, however, is that some of these proposals come from people who don’t have capital ($$).  They want to hang out, talk to Drew for hours about their new venture, and pick his brain for ideas.  Then they disappear.  Drew would rather be painting.

BUT – THERE ARE WAYS TO WEED OUT THE SERIOUS FROM THE BULL-HOCKERS.

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Photo by Aaron Bickford

Photo by Aaron Bickford


It’s common for artists to be asked by various charities and not-for-charities (companies) to “DONATE” artwork or painting services for their cause.

Here are some benefits of giving art to charities:

1.)  You feel good about giving to a charity that you love & you get to help them further the cause

2.)  You may get media coverage (usually not)

3.)  You may gain new art collectors (this rarely happens, but it can)

Don’t do it for the write off – ACCORDING TO THE I.R.S. (more…)