Happy to try and explain my intentions as best I can.
While I’ve gotten a bit of push-back from this cartoon, I still stand by my premise that good artists and good art comes from effort and dedication.
Mind you, had I said that being a good mathematician, plumber or professional athlete takes study, practice and dedication, few people would have gotten upset, since it’s sort of self-evident.
But for whatever reason, suggesting that good art, however technical or interpretive that art might be, requires equal practice and dedication, continues to rub some people the wrong way.
As someone who makes (or tries to make) a living off his art, it’s a thorn in my side that some people refuse to accept that some art has more merit, or is worth more than others. This is a big reason why it’s so hard to make a living in the arts.
If what you suggested was true, there’d be no reason to pay a professional to create your company’s logo, illustrate that book cover, or design the layout of your new home. There’d likewise be no incentive to buy some amazing vase from a ceramicist on etsy when you could just buy a crude pinch pot at your neighbor’s garage sale.
And for sure, lots of people DON’T feel like there’s a reason to. They want the cool stuff, but figure it’s not worth any more than what they’d pay for some garage sale find, since it’s all equal in their mind.
To be clear, if someone wants to casually pursue some creative outlet for the sheer joy of it, I couldn’t be happier for them. It’s a very human thing to want to do and more people should. But let’s not confuse the benefits of personal betterment or expression with what’s actually being produced.
Sorry for the long-winded answer. Your question seemed sincere so I wanted to return the gesture.
Or at least write something so long that I’d bore the shit out of everyone. Either way.