This resembles me a little. I like to think I’m slightly more pleasant looking, though.
But what does that matter, right? In this day, we can deal entirely on the phone or by email!
But I actually really like meeting people. I find myself sometimes wishing my skill didn’t always put me behind a computer screen . . . but it’s been good for my pride.
I’ve done a lot of projects under other freelancers, and rarely am recognized by the client, for any of my work. I sometimes wonder if they even know I exist. But that’s not what should really matter. I like the idea of having done the kind of work that people think is excellent, apart from knowing it’s mine. In one sense, I can get a more honest critique, but on the other hand, I think artists can get to a point where they think that anything with their name on it is golden. I don’t want to be like that.
Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver and gold.”
I certainly do want my name to be associated with excellence, but I never want my name to be slapped on something to somehow increase it’s quality. My work ought to stand on it’s own, as excellent. And not even for my sake, but for the sake of a greater reputation.
Jeremiah 33:9a says, “And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them.”
When a Christian does half-hearted work, not joyfully, he is hardly praising and glorifying God for the good He’s done for him.
And then we see in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men . . .”
These are always convicting to me.
But please, consider my work, whether you agree with what I’m saying, or very don’t. I think character is important, but don’t commission work (art, or otherwise) solely based on character. I would hate to give the wrong impression–there are certain projects that could be better accomplished by another artist’s hands.