Hey there! I'm TEKSTartist (pronounced "text artist"), and I create art by warping, twisting, stretching and distorting words into the very thing they are describing.
Voluntarily changing careers in this economy is one thing. Leaving a steady job to "shoot for the moon" and pursue a career as an artist (especially after almost a decade away from the craft) is something else entirely. I decided there was only 1 way to get up to speed- I’m going to make and sell art for 365 days straight in 2012, create a video for each one, and feature it right here on the homepage.
Half of the pieces are already complete and fill the entire first half of the calendar. The second half of the year is reserved for those who would prefer to commission a custom piece. Each one-of-a-kind piece will be sold at “face value”, meaning January 1st is $1 and December 31st is $366 (it is a leap year after all!) ...and every single day on the calendar is available for purchase now!
Once the calendar sells out, the price for commissioned work pieces this size will jump back up to their standard rates starting at $679 so getting a day on this calendar is an exceptional value.
Every purchase includes the finished original work, and the "making of" video (look to the youtube channel for existing videos) and will be featured on the homepage of TEKSTartist.com on the day it falls on the calendar.
A Few Notes On Pricing, Jason Sadler and "Originality"
As much as I would love to take credit for the pricing structure of this project, I can't. Not by a long shot. It is actually the brainchild of my good friend, and advisor to this project, Jason Sadler. In 2009, Jason rocked the interwebs when he launched IWearYourShirt.com a project that featured him wearing (and talking about) a different company's shirt every single day. His pricing model was the first I had ever seen to assign a dollar value to each day of a calendar year. I thought it was brilliant (And as he enters year 4, I'm sure most of the companies he has worn shirts for will agree) I was determined to find a way to remix the pricing model and use it in some way.
This "remixing" of ideas can even be seen in each and every art piece. I use quotes, audio tracks, even imagery originally created by others. I have gone to great lengths to credit each source along the way. I believe that every facet of each piece has been created under what would be considered "fair use". At no point was/is it my intention to outright steal content that doesn't belong to me. I will happily add/adjust proper credit that is found to be incorrect or missing.