Weird Questions People Ask Artists

Today, we’re diving into the quirky world of questions artists get bombarded with. I mean, let’s face it, people who don’t do art see us as these magical unicorns who conjure art out of thin air, and sometimes the questions we get are just as fantastical. So, grab your sketchbook, and let’s tackle some of the wild queries together.

How long did it take you to make that?

First up on the list: “How long did it take you to make that?” Ah, the timeless classic. My go-to response? “About 40 years.” Because, you know, I’ve been at this art game since the crayon days, and it took a bit of time to fine-tune this masterpiece. It’s not just about the one piece; it’s a lifetime of artistic evolution!

Can you draw me for free?

Now, here’s a gem: “Can you draw me for free?” Short answer: No. I mean, come on, even unicorns need to pay the bills. If I drew everyone for free, I’d be living in a cardboard box, not a magical art studio.

Remember To Be Weird And Have Fun

What does this mean?

Then there’s the deep philosophical inquiry: “What does this mean?” when pointing at a piece. My tactic? Flip the question back at them – “What do you see?” It’s like inception, but with art, and it opens up a conversation instead of leaving them stranded in the depths of artistic interpretation.

Why don’t you get a real job?

Ah, the classic “Why don’t you get a real job?” To that, I simply say, “Because real jobs are overrated.” I mean, who needs a nine-to-five when you can have a canvas and colors as your companions?

Can you teach me to draw in a day?

The golden question, “Can you teach me to draw in a day?” My answer is a masterpiece in itself. “I could teach you to draw a stickman right now.” But, of course, I sneak in a little truth – becoming an artist takes time, dedication, and more than a day.

Remember To Be Weird And Have Fun

Why is it so expensive?

Now, the wallet-wincing question: “Why is it so expensive?” My response? “My art is not for everyone.” Boom. It’s not about the price; it’s about the value, and my art is like a rare gem, not your run-of-the-mill trinket.

How much money do you make?

And then we have the grand finale: “How much money do you make?” Seriously? It’s like asking a magician to reveal their secrets. My go-to? “It’s not consistent, but it’s a magical rollercoaster of creativity and financial surprises.”

When faced with these quirky questions, remember to have fun with it. Practice your responses in the mirror, turn those awkward moments into a chance to showcase your wit, and, most importantly, keep having an amazing, awesome, and creatively wild week. Adios!

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1 thought on “Weird Questions People Ask Artists

  1. Great Podcast! Because I work in pen & ink, I get really boring questions – the #1 is “how long did it take you to draw that?” I agree with you, Rafi – my answer is “nearly 70 years.” My second favorite kinds of questions are the question/argument – (usually on social media) They ask me what I used to draw a particular illustration and I reply, “a fountain pen” and immediately the response is – “NO! You couldn’t have drawn that with a fountain pen.” My response to this probably irritates then even more – I simply say, “okay.” (To quote Maya Angelou, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”) I refuse to add energy to ignorance. The other one – “How much money do you make from this?” My answer is a humorous “Not enough.” and from that point I refuse to discuss it any further. I don’t get many questions – The gift of age, besides the wisdom to not eat Tide Pods or watch TikTok, is the ability to appear eccentrically remote and unapproachable, and I milk that for all it’s worth. (((Thanksgiving Hugs to you and Klee and your family)))

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