‘The Starving Artist’ Myth

‘The Starving Artist’ Myth

Passion, from Greek verb πασχω meaning to suffer, is a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Some people are more familiar with the word hobby instead of passion when it comes to an activity that they really like. I believe they share quite similar meaning. Anyway, I would like to talk about passion in art, the one I have at the moment. I’ve been drawing seriously since a couple months ago, and that really helps me a lot with my education, somehow. I get more focused in my classes because I want to learn more so can be a successful person when I grow up, and maybe even help me improving my art skills. I guess passion does help you to be who you want to be when you grow up, and this is really important for teenagers. However, nowadays, there are lots of parents who tell their child to go against their passion and tell their child to be just like their expectations. This is upsetting, I wonder if the parents who did so have ever really loved their child.

Still related to the dispute between child and parents when it comes to the future, I found an interesting article when I was strolling through the internet to find some art tips. I found a myth that is kind of well-known among artist, which is called “The Starving Artist”. The myth simply states that artists do not earn enough money to make a living. Upon seeing this article, parents with passionate artist children might directly shout out the ‘I told you so’ phrase to prove themselves right. However, I do not believe in such myth. I stick to my own opinion that teenagers, if not all people, should go after their passion. I am going to debunk this myth once for all.

So, I have a lot of artist friends online. In this vast, developing, high-tech world, they can earn money from this method called commissions. Basically, you sell your art to other people online about $3 – $5, which I know is a really small amount of money. However, let’s do a simple math here, so a drawing cost about $5 and you have at least 5 to 10 people requesting for your work in a day that would be $50 at the least. A little more math, if you add up the amount for 30 days, you earn $15000. That is a lot of money! Not to mention that you do your work out of passion which means you actually enjoy doing it and has no outer force that makes you lazy to do so. I am planning on doing arts for commission myself, once I get permission from my parents.

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
~Pablo Picasso

Another fact that is going to entrust you with my opinion about how untrue “The Starving Artist’ myth is, is that in fact, there are lots of artists who earned at least a million dollars for a painting. Let me help you recall you memories of the great artists like Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Vincent Van Gough (1853-1890), Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Claude Monet (1840) and there’s a lot more. Believe me, if I list all of them, the page won’t fit. I am still a teenager, it takes times to figure out everything but I will not believe in such myth unless I have proven it is true myself. So, to sum-up everything, I think that you just have to follow your dreams. Don’t let other people or anything stop you from being who you are, and stop you from showing the world who you really are. No one is meant to be a failure, sometimes it’s just the effort that fails.


About the Author:


Michelle Angelica, EF Lampung, Frontrunner

Greetings! My name is Michelle Angelica. I’m 13 years old, currently in Frontrunner book 6.

I am a young artist that started drawing seriously a couple of months ago, I have an obsession with anime and RPG games, and I’m thinking of starting a commission soon. Thank you for stopping by.

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