Are you interested in becoming a professional artist? Whether or not you will become a manga artist, graphic designer, illustrator, or be in a similar art field, I suggest you check out Caroline Himmelman’s The Art of Business Blog.
I’ve been following her blog for awhile now and her posts are few and far in-between at times but when she does post something, it is very informative. Her most recent post touches on the myth that art is very easy which she disputes quite nicely. On energy she states
Artists have to work very, very hard. Every artist is developing, and will be constantly doing so throughout their career. They grind away, they get better, they hit a wall, they have a breakthrough– they just never stop. The second an artist stops working hard, they begin to stagnate. …When they’re not working, they’re feeling guilty for not working. …Art is not (just) talent- art is hard work.
What the Average Joe don’t seem to get is that it takes time and hard work to achieve the skill level that makes great art. It also takes a lot of trial and error for each artist to find what techniques work for them and to find their own drawing style. It’s easy to emulate but hard to create your own path. That’s why some artists achieve mediocrity while others achieve greatness. Those who “make it” have worked harder than the rest.
Prior articles Himmelman touched upon are rarely talked about subjects like balancing your income, using proper commission contracts, following up on non-payer’s, and much talked about subjects of pricing and marketing your art, to name a few.
If you’re interested in freelancing in the future or just considering it for the moment, be sure to check out Himmelman’s blog!