Fine Art vs. Illustration, the Eternal Battle...
Submitted by Scott Story on September 1, 2010 - 10:36
Hi, Folks—Scott Story here. I was going to write today about preparing your comics for a trade-paperback collection. Maybe I will tomorrow. Today, I’m going to write about a subject much closer to the heart: Fine Art vs. Illustration.
- The cartoonist can be wildly experimental with format, switching from the strip format, to infinite canvas, to Flash slide shows at will.
- The cartoonist doesn’t care about how many readers he has.
- If one person really “gets” the comic, that’s enough.
- The cartoonist doesn’t have to worry about conformity in style (abstract, realistic, animated, etc.) and medium (colored pencil, pastels, Photoshop CS5, whatever.)
- The cartoonist doesn’t really care about making money with the webcomic.
- Ultimately, the cartoonist’s goal is artistic satisfaction.
- The cartoonist’s goal is create an entertainment property, one poised to jump into various media (video games, movies, prose, etc).
- The cartoonist monetizes his work, and feels it is appropriate to make money from their webcomic.
- The cartoonist is not afraid to merchandise, and sells t-shirts, plushies, digital copies, etc.
- The cartoonist cares for how large his audience is, because he understands that (generally) the bigger the audience, the more money the cartoonist will earn.
- The cartoonist spends a great deal of time on promoting his webcomic.
- The cartoonist’s ultimate goal is to entertain; he wants readers to appreciate the story as much as the cartoonist himself does.