12 May Should an Artist Tell All Their Secrets?
Are you generously sharing your painting secrets with other artists? Or do you guard them as if they were top secret?
Since Drew put out his DVD last year titled “Paint Pen Techniques with Drew Brophy” tens of thousands of artists and wanna-bes have learned new painting techniques using what they learned on the DVD.
Over and over again, people will ask Drew “Why do you share your secrets? Aren’t you afraid of competition and losing business?“
Some people don’t seem to understand, when you share what you know, you continue to grow. There are enough pieces of the pie for everyone, enough work for everyone. In art, there is no competition.
“What about all those artists copying your style?” They ask. “Doesn’t it piss you off?”
Drew’s response is always: “I’m stoked to have influenced people with my art. It feels good to know that I’ve inspired them.” And, then he adds “And I’m always one step ahead…..”
This brings to mind Maxfield Parrish – he was a huge influence on many artists in his day, including Norman Rockwell. And Norman Rockwell became incredibly successful, in part, due to Parrish who came before him.
Imagine having an entire generation of artists who were so influenced by your art, that your style become a phenomenon in itself… Isn’t that a good thing?
After all, most artists intend to impact the world with their art.
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