Anonymous said: is making art your full-time job? how did you get started out? and any advice for artists trying to get where you are? sorry for all the questions!
yes, i’m a full time artist / professional weirdo!
it was a long slog and until super recently i had a part-time job to help make ends meet (and to keep me around people during the day, which is a challenge now that i’m working for myself full time).
my current business has been growing for a few years, and it has definitely been a process of trial and error. it all started during the recession, when i lost the office job i’d been working since i was 19. i was 25 and had no formal education and no real direction, but i’d been drawing and making things my whole life, and so i decided to see where that could take me.
it took me about two years before i hit on stuff that really worked, and from there it was just about maintaining the momentum. i would guess it was a combination of my original “cute & sleazy” nail decals and my “whatever forever” illustration that really gave me the push i needed to get my work in front of an audience.
some people have the impression that i’m super successful and raking in loads of cash from my work. i want to make it clear that while i’m happier than i’ve ever been, i don’t make a ton of money - right now, i make less than i did at that office job i mentioned at the beginning of this post. art isn’t a get rich quick scheme, but it is hugely satisfying to be able to do what you love as a career, so it’s been worth it to me to make the necessary lifestyle adjustments to be able to afford to live comfortably off my own work.
i’m actually in the process of starting a new blog and i’ll tackle this topic in a lot more detail in the future!