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J. E. Sawyer on Art and Appreciation

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J. E. Sawyer on Art and Appreciation

Editorial - posted by Zed on Thu 19 July 2012, 14:26:57

Tags: J.E. Sawyer; Obsidian Entertainment

Obsidian Entertainment's Josh Sawyer, currently working on an unannounced title, wrote a blog entry called Art and Appreciation. He tells us a bit about his family and background, his view on what qualifies as art, and the interaction between artists and audience.

After growing up with a sculptor; working with video game artists, writers, and musicians, for over a decade; and living with a traditional painter for almost as long, I developed a maxim for how I would approach creative work: Do anything you want to do in life. Just don't expect anyone to pay you or respect you for it.

This, to me, is the razor. It's the distillation of any creative struggle with the audience: is the critical or financial approval of the audience worth making a creative choice you think is inferior? The audience may change: your co-workers, your boss, your client, your lover, your mother, the critics, the public. You give different audiences different weight, sometimes capriciously, sometimes rationally. Different issues may weigh on you more heavily than others. Sometimes it's easy to let go. Sometimes it hurts like hell. Sometimes you won't budge on principle. Sometimes you won't budge because fuck you, idiot.​

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