Direction can be hard for an artist. I know there are all the new self help work gurus that try and point you in a direction like a knife. Here is your style. Here is what you do. Here is what you are known for.
For instance, you could say I'm one of those thrift store painter guys because I paint something like this.
But, I also do stuff like this.
Which could also be easy to peg me as an illustrator in a more childrens illustration style. These two different sides tug at me. They're both art but two totally different things. Do they go on different websites? Will one be looked down upon if someone sees the other? What is my "brand"? Where is my audience? What does my tribe look like?
All of these things are bought and sold to us and it becomes hard to say this is my complicated direction that doesn't fit one mold. I just make these things. I am a maker of painted things. Here they are. Enjoy. OR don't. They are what come to me and all I can do is release them into the world and maybe they'll find a place. Maybe they'll find a home.
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.