Who doesn’t want to make money with their passion? There are few people out there that enjoy work they have no passion for. We artists are quite privileged when it comes to that. We have a passion, and that passion can bring in some good money. But how do you make your first money? What do you need to do to get there, and when you do get there, what should your rates be? And how do you make sure both you and your client are happy at the end of the line?
Artistry is a hobby, right? Yea, of course, you can’t be an artist when it isn’t a passion to start with. But if you’re in the process of making your hobby your work, there are some really important things to keep in mind. First and foremost this is taking care of yourself. In this article, I will discuss some fairly common problems artists have to deal with when their hobbies become more than just a hobby.
Starting your journey as an artist can be really frightening. There are many things you need to know, which can be really overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you need to know to get started? But also: What is irrelevant when you just get started? In many cases ‘less is more’. This counts for information too. Not saying though that you should have little knowledge, not at all. When it comes to knowledge: The more the better. But when you’re new in this field, many things will do nothing but overwhelm you and a lot of the information out there will be irrelevant up to a much later stage. So what is important when you’re new to (digital) art?
First of all: Unlike most of the other articles, this one is about my own journey. How did I get where I am, and where am I at in 2021 after 4 years of training myself and 3 years of actually working in the field. Although this article is about me: I’m just using myself as an example, what I struggled with, what really helped me out, and some other useful lessons along the way. This article is especially interesting for people who think they won’t be able to do what I do, or what other artists do because of age, skill, resources, and so on. But also for people who want to be well-prepared and know what to expect when they aim for an art career.
So let me take you on a stroll and don’t hesitate to scroll past the first chapter if my pre-art-age doesn’t interest you that much!
The planet we live on screams specialization. Every single organism you see is specialized, one more than the other, but they all found their niche and adjusted to it. In some cases, this means they have very remarkable features you rarely see in other species. In other cases, it meant the difference between life above the water surface and a completely barren planet. Let me take you on a stroll and show you some wonderful specializations on this planet.