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Professional Art: The Day to DayArt in the Profession
The most important part of being a professional artist is being able to advertise yourself and your art. Being able to market yourself is immensely more important than any amount of talent and artistic experience you have. Even the most talented artist ever known would not be able to make a living as an artist if they made absolutely no effort to promote themselves. In fact, advertising yourself and promoting your art will make up for a very large chunk of your day to day life as a professional artist.
Think of your art as a product to be sold -- no one will know what you can do, unless you show them! But how should you go about doing it? And what, exactly, should you be advertising?
Find Your Audience
Every artist is different, and every artist has a unique set of skills. So what sets you apart from other artists? What is it about your art that would make a potential client choose you over someone else?
Beginning Your Professional Artistic JourneyArt in the Professions
So you're dreaming of the day when you can stay home and draw the hours away, without a care in the world. You're looking at artists who have made names for themselves, with a pit of envy in your stomach. You know you could make it as a professional artist, if only you knew where to start!
But the idea seems pretty daunting at first. But with a bit of planning, you can begin your journey as a professional artist. Be ready for long hours, daily drawing, and lots of marketing! Being a professional artist takes more than simply opening up commissions and waiting for clients to shower you with money. It takes planning, dedication, and lots of hard work.
Evaluate Your Situation
The first step toward becoming a professional artist is to examine your current situation and decide what expenses you currently have that need to be paid for. If you have rent, electricity, and cable bills, you’re going to
Pep Talk: Artistic Skills and 'Non-Art' JobsArt in the Professions Week
Okay, so you've been honing your art skills for years now - you've mastered shading nostrils with chalk and photographing subtle light on trees and vectoring nine thousand different typefaces of the letter "Q". Awesome!
You will soon be Khal of the Great Dollar-Bill Sea.
You put like, ten thousand hours into these skills, and you are going to use them or so help you God. But, you don't want to be a cartoonist or logo designer or the person who photographs babies at the Simpson-Sears. You want to be an accountant, a used car salesman, a restaurateur, basically anything but a staff artist. So you look for a day job. Maybe it's a temporary job until you make a career out of freelancing, maybe it's a permanent thing and you don't have designs for being a pro artist - but who doesn't want a chance to show off, right?
LOOK AT MY POLE.
Well, good news: Your artistic skills
The all-purpose drawing tutorial.Because the question seems to come up with a lot of regularity (not unexpectedly I might add), and because it's just easier to make this once than to type it out each time it gets asked, here is my answer to the general question of "How do I draw better", and any one of the variations of the same.
First of all, put the cartoons, manga, and other stylized designs on the back-burner of your priorities until after you master the fundamentals of understanding line, form, shape and perspective. If you have some down-time you want to kill with some cartoons, spend a few minutes warming up first on some real life gesture drawings.
Don't copy cartoons/manga/comics. They're highly stylized designs that no matter how simple their appearance, disguise the fact that they were made by people who already have mastered realistic life drawing. One or two exceptions I can think of: The masters. If you dig up some of Michaelangelo's drawings, or for someone more moder
How to Pocket a Man's HumanityFirst, convince him to adopt
a rescue cat, fat, days away
from slaughter. Find one mis-
sing half his tail. The pair
will purr in tune; this step
is important. Next, rush him,
him and his rescue, to their
home, and then keep them dry
and healthy. Move deliberate-
ly, with articulation. Shape
the sound. Watch cat and man
sup together, sleep together.
Spring happens upon them, as
it does, and the man and his
rescue walk along the bridge-
less route to the forest and
grove without wind. Convince
him to let rescue race aloft,
to the distant hill-top. And
he will, and he does, and he
is gone. The man screams out-
ward into the meadow, scream
after scream weaving through
stalks of wheat, but nothing.
No clicks or mews. A nothing
against the rust of night on
the horizon. Help the man to-
ward his doorstep. Help keep
him apprised of the treeline
and its shadows. Finally, he,
rescue, appears, and the man
grabs your collar and shouts
and walks and runs and stops.
Rescue has brought home life
One Bullet and Two VictimsShe looked so frail and hallow,
I wish I could help
but the shards
of her depression
keep cutting me
every time I try to touch her.
They're getting close
to my veins
and all I can do is bleed everywhere
but at least the scarlet liquid
lets her know that I care.
I'm such a masochist
for trying to piece together
such an impossible puzzle
but I'd rather die trying
than her die giving up.
Now she's screaming at me
and begging for me to quit
and she's trying to stop my bleeding
but I rip out the stitches
she placed on my wrists
and spell her name in my blood
so she knows
kills me too.
This Is Not Your Story1.
This is not your story.
You are not the
protagonist of some
carefully designed TV show;
you have not been
spit out and predigested--
you are no diamond in the rough.
You are the rough.
This is not a story
in which you become polished and
refined like steel, so that
you can forget your hands are not
and no fire can wash that damned spot clean
Do not search for your fairy-tale ending;
do not think you can rescue,
or be rescued,
when every single one of us is just
as helpless as the last,
blinded like Rapunzel's prince by the
shock of our first fall
We scale our stainless steel towers
and tell ourselves they're made of ivory;
we think we're going to get to the top,
but who really wants to get to the top
when top is where you'll finally be able to see?
We have always been eager
to indulge in our wildest fantasies,
and all it takes is a couple of
from the climbers next to us
to convince us that going up
is the only
The Galaxies Are Gone From Your EyesAnd as I'm walking through
the graveyard of our relationship,
I pass headstones with names such as:
and "Trust" etched into them.
The flowers on the graves
are wilted and dying
due to lack of care
and I can't help but
compare their decay
to the decay of our love.
Wanted posters are nailed
to weeping willows that sag
as though they are also mourning.
"Wanted: Insecurity for the murder of Passion"
"Wanted: Distance for the murder of Intimacy"
"Wanted: Secrets for the murder of Honesty"
"Wanted: Lies for the murder of Trust"
"Reward for turning in these criminals: A Healthy Relationship"
But you and I are too weak
and too stubborn
to turn those criminals in
so we're left with blood-stained hands
and murder charges
hanging above our heads.
a good love poem to get you in the moodthere is a sadness that lives within
liars. i told you once that you meant
more to me than myself, but if i were
truly your friend i would tell you to
i want you to slip from the bed
in the middle of the night while i
am still asleep. i want you to fight
the urge to touch me and trust
that i am honest.
i want you to find your things and
fill your bags with everything that is you
in that place until it is nearly
i want you to fucking leave.
without explanation or one more
ultimatum that you are so fond
of, put that car in drive and don't
you dare come back.
find a studio that
you can afford for two hundred
a month, get a cat, get some
friends that don't matter much
except for filling space. change
your number and if i ever
come begging, pretend that you are not home.
pretend i am some overgrown infant
who has lost their mother (not so far
from the truth,
stuck in a past you won't dare
stick your hands in again).
How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Since... *Go check his profile* Something like 3 years... Wow °°
What does your username mean?
Nothing special, I was just searching for a nickname for a game and I kept it. =w=
Describe yourself in three words.
Hairs, lazy, red.
Are you left or right handed?
What is your favourite type of art to create?
Dracing weird things/characters, both in traditional and digital way.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Hrm... People, and weird color or bicolor things. So the type of art that I like to draw myself ^^
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
You are asking very difficult things ya know?!
I'm gonna cheat a bit, 'cause it's gonna be to difficult otherwise:
There's Corviday. The colors, the characters, the impression of floating... NGH :
Jcm2, with his glitchy and violent universe is extraordinay:
And Mistexpi, for her comics and her crazy style:
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I think it would be Mistexpi but... I don't think I would have anything interesting to say ^^'
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
Apart of whole bunch of awesome artists who makes me want to become better at drawing?
What are your preferred tools to create art?
A black pencil, coffeee, or my graphic tablet.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Well... In my room I suppose? When I'm alone, without anyone to disturb me with my litte world. =w=
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Each time I receive a Fav? Especially when it's a art that I'm particulary proud of x)
Welp. Gonna find others things to procrastinate to naw! /o/