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illustration: Benefits of Exposure, aka: exposure vs exploitation and the value of creative work

In the following process video, I draw this image in Photoshop on my Wacom Cintiq while talking about some issues that businesses and creatives face.

Talking about the value of creative work in business and why businesses benefit from paying for quality work. I also discuss why illustrators, photographers, musicians, designers, etc should charge for their work and when, rarely, to do it for exposure.

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Jake Parker's Video about Exposure

I'm getting to the point in time my career where I want to warn younger creatives of some of the lessons that I've learned the hard way.

99% of the time, someone promising "exposure" is just someone trying to get something for free that they should pay for.

In this video, I discuss the difference between exposure and exploitation in the hopes that business people and artists can have mutually beneficial relationships.

I discuss at length the concept of relationships based on a balanced exchange of value. That value can be money, altruism and, on rare occasions, exposure, but often, that "exposure" is actually exploitation in the form of an unbalanced relationship where one side is getting a significant amount of value and not giving any value in return.

illustration: Molotov Misogyny & Killing Creativity

I made this image to show that women are still having to fight against misogyny. I used the imagery of stone/wall for misogyny as a barrier and a Molotov Cocktail as a representation of the ongoing fight.  The idea of the power that women is represented by the fire. The Molotov Cocktail breaking through is the hope that the fight is working.

When my daughter started school, my longstanding concerns about the way school is structured became very real and concerning. You see, I believe that America's current school system is structured to create Model T factory workers, not creative, thinking adults. During the industrial revolution, America needed robots, but lacked the technology to build them. Instead, we began to train our children to be robots.

In today's education, children, all of whom are naturally creative and artistic, are told to sit down, be quiet and do exactly as they are told. Art, music and thinking are disruptive to the system and to the classroom environment. Over the course of years, our kids are trained to follow instructions, not to think for themselves and this has led to a loss of creativity.

The illustration merely shows creativity entering a school house and conformity coming out. The world can make robots now. We don't need people to be robots. We need people to be people and to think and create.

Learn more about this by watching this TED Talk.

illustration: Talking Behind Her Back

An illustration about how we treat each other online. We should be kinder than we are.

See the "illo talk" video podcast featuring this illustration by clicking here