“I hate two things, I hate my art not being seen, and I hate my art being seen”
Before I was a professional artist, I had all sorts of grand ideas about what it meant to be a professional artist. This video and others like it helped me get a peak into what it’s really like.
Things I learned.
Have unstructured time built into the schedule.
Drawing for Instagram is a thing
The process of getting ideas is pretty much what you think it is, you have to wait for ideas, you have to set aside time to get ideas, you have to work on bad ideas, and then the idea just comes.
You find your style by drawing things no one is paying you for
Figure out what buckets (subjects) your work can be put into
Engage with fans
Find your people
And the next time I go to the bookshop I’m going to look for her book, Let there be light.
🥷 On Being a Pro
Number 4 is something I’ve recently discovered and it’s so true! You need to leave time for it
« 5. You find your style by drawing things no one is paying you for »: interesting thought. Does this mean drawing things that you will never show to the world? Sometimes it seems that the « likes » and comments are a form of payment, and that we create with them in mind.