I was talking with a manufacturer the other day about art and licensing.  (They have requested to remain anonymous) I won’t bore you with all the details but here is a point they made that I thought was worth repeating.  I know I’ve said this many times, but wanted you to know it came straight from a manufacturers mouth as well.


Licensing with manufacturers is “commercial art” not “fine art”.

Artists shouldn’t be emotionally tied to every detail in their work because manufacturers know their markets and what is needed to make the art work for their products.  Changes are inevitable and usually shouldn’t be resisted because, in the end, “You don’t get paid if you don’t sell it.”


I for one, want to get paid, so I have a mindset of working as a partner with my clients and not resisting change requests, how about you?

– Tara Reed