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$75 Stick Figures

Justin Swaby's Childish Drawings Are Selling For Pretty Big Bucks

— April 22, 2009 — Art & Design
Did you save your childhood drawings? Justin Swaby is selling stick figure drawings at $75 a piece. Okay, maybe some of them are a little more than stick figures; there are robots. Robots with hearts, hamsters, and even dreams.

The simplicity of Justin Swaby's work seems to highlight the compositional clarity and trendy colors.

Swaby wasn't the first to try this out, though. Sam Brown of explodingdog.com has been doing this for a while, and gathered a following. Brown draws inspiration from his internet audience who submits, via email, possible titles. He selects the titles and incorporates them into his work, bringing them alive with stick figures and bold colors.
Trend Themes
1. Childhood Art Market - The increasing demand for childhood drawings as artwork presents an opportunity for artists to tap into a nostalgic market and sell their own creations.
2. Collaborative Art - The success of artists like Sam Brown and Justin Swaby, who incorporate audience suggestions into their artwork, indicates a growing trend of collaborative art that engages and connects with viewers.
3. Simplistic Aesthetic - The popularity of stick figure art and the trendy colors used by artists like Justin Swaby and Sam Brown suggest a trend towards a simplistic aesthetic in visual art.
Industry Implications
1. Art - Within the art industry, there is an opportunity for artists to monetize their childhood drawings and tap into a niche market of buyers who appreciate the nostalgic value of such artwork.
2. Digital Content and Social Media - The success of artists like Sam Brown, who gather audience input through email and engage with their followers online, demonstrates an opportunity for digital content creators and social media platforms to facilitate and promote collaborative art.
3. Home Decor - As stick figure art gains popularity and becomes a trend in visual art, the home decor industry can benefit from incorporating these simplistic and trendy designs into products such as prints, posters, and textiles.
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