Before I decided I would become a full-time artist, I studied as an apprentice for a professional London-based painter. She designed clothes in a surreal manner that it reminded me of whimsical events in my life. I loved her design style, so I interned in her shop.
Eventually, I learned the reality of being in the industry. Artists are intelligent and productive, yes, but they are also troublesome. When they hire apprentices, it is because they want to have their work done faster.
My boss had tasked me to place the details. I was very accepting during her tutorial; it was her design and she had a brand to maintain and improve. I did it her way at first, then inspiration struck me and I added my own details.
Then, she breathed down on my neck and told me it wasn’t the way she wanted it.
The last two years, I had two of my own interns. I bossed them around as well.
You can’t deny that as an artist, you know that each work you put out is your own work. It is your own name in it. If no one could see your vision properly, no one could do it right.
But later, I realised that I had to stop it. Not because I was hurting people but because there could be something more to the artworks I’m making. If there was a team effort, the artworks could be better.
And I was right. But it wasn’t a solution to stop the problem. If you do find how to stop micromanagement from an artist’s perspective, let me know.