Sometimes I think my desire to write tabloid headlines is a missed calling. Or is ti even a calling at all?
So over at Children’s Illustration they stumbled onto a post over at BoingBoing, which discovered this little tidbit on a site called You Thought We Wouldn’t Notice, which I am now passing along to you, in case you missed it.
So I wonder how many goth kids who dig Emily realize that she’s perhaps tapped into some subconscious part of their childhood reading?
The thing is, artists and all creative people will borrow or appropriate influences. Classically trained artists actually learn to copy the masters to better understand their methods and processes. Once they have mastered the masters they then strike out on their own, usually in a style derivative of their influences which serves as a sort of journeyman-ship. Mastering that and breaking free, they become their own masters.
But rarely do imitations make or deserve more attention then their influences. And the Emily brand is not small potatoes. In the end, I wonder if I could do what Rob Reger did, if I could live with copying something so plainly obvious, and make a ton of money off of it, and be content knowing that I made my name off someone else’s words and images.
I think not. Which I guess is why I’m stll poor and Reger is probably lauging all the way to the bank.