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Dear reader, I’m on vacation in Maine ! Before you say anything, this is a scheduled post I wrote before leaving, I’m not that obsessed with work, I swear (please ignore these are my first holidays since the Pandemonium started).
Here are some things I read in the past month that made me smile, cry or feel outraged. From smart analysis to stupid world record, anything goes. I love how reading art/illustration/creativity news is a way to cultivate a sense of belonging in our community, to feel we are sharing news together (this is kind of what Benedict Anderson was describing in Imagined Communities).
Let’s start strong with an amazing video essay from Sarah Feldman on “selling out”. Sarah makes video essays on music and culture and in this video she explores the concept of selling out through an analysis of the social, cultural, economic and technological conditions that have led to its popularity in the art world. From the definition of authenticity to the gate keeping of synthesizers, this is a must watch essay that will echo a lot of creatives’ experiences.
An interesting article on the infamous brand Shein and their recurrent thefts of artworks for their clothes. The case of intellectual property infringement, sadly so common, is such a clear example of the power asymmetry at play in our industry. The emotional and economic cost of calling out big companies are often higher than that of saying nothing, which forces artists in a distressful double bind. Here are some resources to know more about copyright.
Earlier this month, illustration Twitter got triggered when DALL·E 2, “a new AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language” was compared to the work of “illustrators”. Luckily, Michele Rosenthal and Jon Neimeister were here to remind everyone that illustration is not about “drawing descriptions in natural language” and that people who might be tempted to use this as an alternative to hiring illustrators were never going to hire us in the first place.
This month, the amazing Czech illustrator Jiří Šalamoun passed away. While one of the most famous Czech illustrators of his generation, I learned about his work way too late in my career and wished it had been part of my visual world earlier. If you unfamiliar with his work, a simple google image search will surely convince you to know more.
And to finish on a slightly lighter note, you’ll be happy to know that the Pokemon card “Pikachu illustrator” was sold for the record price of 5.275 million dollars by Youtuber Logan Paul. This card, as many other Pokemon was illustrated by human illustrator Atsuko Nishida who I hope is millionaire as well. While it is lovely that illustrators are worth a lot of money (albeit only when they are Pokemon), in the mean time, 10,830 people have entered the official Pokemon TCG Illustration Contest in the hope of getting their illustration turned into a promo card and win... 5,000$. Oh and of course if you’re curious, you can read the contest rules here and see all the ways in which the rights of each of the 10,830 submissions are now owned by The Pokemon Company International. Full circle.
That’s it for this week, have a great weekend and let me know in the comments what are the things that captivated you this month, whether it’s a podcast episode, a video essay, an article or a twitter thread !
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