hi matt, i do feel like a dick for sending this but....im 28 and i work in a crap place and it has nothing to do with my love for art & craft and i want/need this to change so i can be happier, i think ive been under a cloud of thinking that because i havent a degree in art i cant do it, you probably get asked this a lot but how do you get started and get your work out?
apologies - i can’t believe i hadn’t answered this already, but here goes…
i don’t have a degree in art per se (i studied graphic design and advertising, and only realised by the end of my degree that i wasn’t enjoying either). i’m 30 and i only started freelancing full time two years ago - until then i was working assorted jobs (i ran a shoe shop and did a stint for the national park service) and drawing on my evenings, weekends and days off. it has been a long process of putting my work in as many places as possible, emailing people i want to work with and hustling my way to the point where this is my life.
it’s not easy, but simply put, the route to being an artist/illustrator/whatever is to do good work and put it in a place where people can see it. everything else will go from there.
Paul Pope, Herge, Bill Watterson, and.....me? The least you could do is give me some mention there.
Regardless, it looks fantastic as always. If you ever feel up for it, and we get some breathing room from the normal grind, we should do some sort of collaboration.
Hope all is well
thank you! duly noted and amended in the post - accept my sincere apologies ;)
collaboration would be pretty awesome - if you have any ideas shoot me an email (email@example.com). i’m between projects at the moment so i’ll have a ponder on what we could do…
How can you possibly find so much time to work on your own projects while doing client work? I am terribly jealous.
well i didn’t have much client work from November til January which helped… but at the moment i’m working on US-time for a project (i’m in the UK), so i can’t touch base and get feedback until the afternoons which means i can do a warm up piece most mornings!