You might think that as someone who works in the art field, I should want to spend my free time taking a break from doing anything “creative”. But telling a creative person to stop being creative is like telling Dracula to stop drinking blood and meet you at Tim Hortons for an afternoon iced cappuccino.
It’s just im-Poe-sible.
Hmm, “Poe”? Poe? POE. What kind of a pun was that?
That, my frightful friends, was an Edgar Allan Poe pun, because he is the subject of today’s post.
When I’m not creating art for clients, I can still be found holed up in my studio, hunched over the desk, playing with paints, clay, pencils and too much glitter. The irony is that client art is not something I typically think of as being a “creative” process. It is, of course, but when you’re working for someone else, there are all sorts of constraints and rules, and when it comes to commission artists especially, your job is less about being creative, and more about bringing someone else’s vision to life. I love it, but it’s work. It’s not “fun” in the sense that you can play around and just try something for Creativity’s sake.
Regular Seeker of Truth readers will remember the custom Twilight Zone Funko Pop! figures I designed a few years ago.
Now that was fun. Designing these creepy critters was one thing. But customizing an actual Funko Pop! was something else entirely.
A number of years ago, I picked up a Pop! figure that I thought had potential to be transformed into a custom Rod Serling. I still have plans to do that, but when I saw this American Gods “Mr. Wednesday” Funko Pop! a few months back… I knew what was going to be my very first custom Funko Pop! figure.
Instantly, I imagined this figure with a dark suit, sad, melancholy eyebrows, and a lopsided mustache.
I saw Edgar Allan Poe.