I’ve been meaning to make a journal about this for quite some time now and I think I’ve finally got my head wrapped around exactly how I want to do this.
This being, me wanting to be a full time artist.
It’s been a dream of mine for a long time now to start and manage my own artistic business. Like, ever since way back in college, the thought of being my own boss and drawing for my career sounded amazing. I just didn’t know how to do it. They don’t exactly teach you this stuff in your typical art classes, or at least my
professors never really covered the subject of running an art business or marketing yourself much...(Word of advice for other art majors and artists out there, hoping to start their own personal artistic businesses, take a business class if you can. I wish I had.)
So, I had this dream, just no idea how to make it happen and it’s taken me a year after graduating to finally figure out exactly what I need to do.
You see, I don’t just want to use my degree as a graphic designer for freelancing, I also want to be a freelance illustrator, a professional comic artist, attend conventions as an AA seller, and maybe even become a sort of artistic mentor or partner to other artists wanting to reach a similar goal as my own.
I have about a year to accomplish these things, or rather, until I turn 25 and by that time I will need to go out and find a normal job, which I would like to avoid if at all possible. If this venture of mine succeeds though, then I won’t have to worry about that.
So, in terms of how I am going to accomplish this, I am going to set myself work hours for every day until this becomes habit (and I don’t have to coerce myself to do it anymore), where I will sit in my studio and draw, create, research, market myself, and just generally be more active in posting art. If I want this endeavor of mine to succeed then I’m going to need to attract more attention to my art and myself as an artist, because more attention means more possibilities for orders and commissions and such, which is good news for me as I am not making any money at all right now.
- I plan on posting something every day, a drawing, a sketch (always on tumblr), a comic page, etc… just something to show everyone that I am actually doing this, to help keep myself motivated, and my artistic momentum going.
- I am going to up my marketing game, and as I have not done anything of the sort before now, it should be rather interesting to see how that goes… (going by suggestions outlined in these books
- I would also like to post weekly or bi-weekly journal updates on how I am progressing with all of this and my projects, for anyone who is interested and to just sort of keep my mind in the game and stay active.
- Lastly, I am playing around with the idea of starting an Artist group for those who want to be a full time artist, would like some support/feedback from other artists, want to grow with others like themselves and help others grow in return, and are serious about it. Seriously, there would be no room in this group for someone who is just doing art as a hobby. I would like this group to stay small too, so no more then 5 or 6 people just to keep things manageable.
I was thinking of hosting the group on DA as well and just not having the group open to everyone, then maybe having bi-weekly or monthly skype chats too.
I haven’t worked out all the details and things, but if there is anyone interested in possibly joining something like this, please let me know.
There are a few other things I kind of want to work on too, but then this journal will get waaaay too long if I list them.
Feel free to ask about them though if you're interested.
What I am going to attempt to do is not going to be easy for me, I know this, but nobody ever said success was easy. Especially when there are people around you still insisting you do something normal and constantly fueling your own doubts of whether or not you can actually do this. Because you know your faults and you know how easily you have given up in the past, but you know that if you don’t at least try then you will never be satisfied. I have my own hurdles to over come, some bigger then others, but I have to try and I won’t accept another job until I know that I’m just not cut out to be a full time artist. And even if then, I’ll still be extremely reluctant to just give up. Art is the best skill I have and I want to use it. Even if sometimes it is stressful for me when I am commissioned and on a deadline, even when I am feeling down on myself and not liking anything I produce, even when my parents keep wanting me to find a normal job before I turn 25, and even when I get no commissions or orders or any recognition for my art. I want to use my best skill and I want to succeed at it.
I really have nothing to lose at this point in time though, trying to accomplish these things, so now just seems like the perfect time to do all of this.
So, this is me saying that I am starting today, on all of this and that I am going to give it a real honest try.
I just sort of wanted to share this with you guys.