On good art and instant success

Digital Age rewrites the rules of success for artists. It virtually minimizes geographical distance between people making art sharing, research, and social connections faster.

People can now sell their art online and eternalize their names long before they graduate. By marketing their works some make money at the age of 23, some even younger. They brand themselves in a platform of their choosing and gather an audience with just a push of a button. And because the results are speedy, the shift to New Media trains us to expect everything to be instant. But success is not.

While technology forces us to move faster, an action is expected from us. We cannot depend our success on the frills of social media. Content is important, and we make them. We invest time and effort, and we give up hours on Netflix to finish a piece. We let art grow. Global opportunities may knock, but without good content, success is not as guaranteed.

Sending out a bottle is like posting one art online.

English author Neil Gaiman put it best. In his commencement speech at the University of the Arts in 2012 (and with no shame, I watch at least twice a month on Youtube) he said, “…a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.”

Sending out a bottle is like posting one art online. People may not appreciate it, but it does not mean we should stop making good art. Afterall, there are doodlers out there who are already getting far. In truth, a corner of the wide internet is a budding community of doodle artists. And among many admired doodlers, artists based in United Kingdom (UK) are earning respect.

Doodle art in the UK is growing and has a lot of potential, and the doodlers are the key reason for this booming trend. They are visionaries who are winning countless followers and helping the doodle community to get recognized more. It will not be a surprise if you’ve heard of them or have read their story.

The likes of Samuel Cox and Rod Hunt, with all the other equally talented British doodlers, have some interesting stories to offer to the table. Truth be told, reading their experiences made me see success in a different perspective. Their dedication and the way they talked about their works were simply refreshing. If there’s one thing I learned from them, it’s that success is not measured in an instant, but one doodle at a time.

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Elaine Catindig is editor-at-large and columnist of Doodle Arts. She has been involved in the disruptive and transformative creative revolution of cross-media advertising. A long time blogger and writer, Elaine has written for different publications and other local independent magazines. Follow her art footprints, @elainecatindig.
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