Hey, hey, heeeeey! This weekend Dylan Meconis and I are sharing a table at Wordstock here in Portland!
October 9 – 11, 2009
777 NE MLK Jr Blvd
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As an artist and business owner (I design jewelry), I know that pain all too well! You practically work two jobs just to get yourself off the ground! But in the end, it’s worth it when you can walk away from the day job to do what you love full time! I’m hanging this one in my office because it instantly reminded me of how hard I worked to get to where I am!
Aw man… This is exactly how my life is. I guess I’m doing it right? I do need to try to network more locally though, that’s definitely true. The guy who does “We the Robots” is a Kansan, for example.
This is a super, true/annoying fact of life.
I guess I’ll get there in a near future
I knew I was doing it all wrong!
unfortunately so true. -_-
ahahah that’s exactly that !
Psst, Erika. Your tag’s open on your LJ-entry for this comic. Man that sounded dirty. ;D
P.S. TRUTH about this comic btw. And the discipline is actually the hard bit. Especially if you try to combine your art with a day job to pay the bills. When you get home it’s like … meh relax time *lurvs internet*
I just read the “savage critic” article and it’s a pretty good critique, from someone who doesn’t usually like journal comics.
(he might be right when he says that the clicking-on-the-comic-takes-you-to-the-next-comic system is the best)
yep, that’s my understanding of how it works. Bonus points if you can sneakily draw tiny comics AT work.
I’m apparently a real artist!
wait… this sucks… D:
Oh nooooo! I don’t want to do it right anymore :(
Sadly, so true. I am trying to establish myself while going to school and job hunting….ughhhh. D:
Hmm…artists working so much for little or no money. At least they have the joy of original thinking and amazing insights…about, well, artists. You know, how they work so much for little or no money.
So. Very. True.
Indeed. That’s the way it is.
Yep, yep… that’s about how I did it, except for the saving money part.
Panel four pretty much defines it all .
This was the kick in the butt I needed actually… Gotta make more effort in networking and I’m always too bashful to reach out online to artists I admire.
I’ll change that. Great comics Erika!
Is it weird that after looking at this I really want to do it? Even more than I did before? You’re amazing, and extremely inspiring :] Thank you for this comic, and the wisdom!
Aw man. That is super sad. I want to be an artist, but I love having fun with my friends. It is my fave. Of course, the fact that I haven’t even manage to land the shitty day job makes saving money even harder. This actually is super motivating though rather than depressing, I need to get going with the things I want to accomplish!
eck. I’m really bad at the whole keeping to a schedule while at home thing.
That is SO how I feel. I’m right at the last part though, months in hermit mode, always broke, then some artist I’m complaining to says just that. Then you’re doing it right!
I think I am going to print this out and hang it over my desk
Preach it sister! Yeah, panel four is pretty much my life, aside from dinner with the family. But there are evenings where one just needs a night off. Hence I am not a real artist yet. :)
You know? I really want to get a print of this, frame it, and hang it over my art desk. Erika, I don’t suppose I could get a print of this eventually or something?
I have a tight, disciplined schedule for doing art, and treat it as a real job… the trick is getting other folks to see it the same way, and to respect that.
I’m in stage 3, it really sucks as I’m often too busy/knackered to get artwork done. However like darrylow above, I try and draw at work when the lines are quiet. Little bit cheeky to my employer perhaps, but very practical and makes my job feel less pointless.
re; Matt B
ahem, you coooould allways buy the original =D
Hooray! I’m doing it right!
Hooray! I’m broke all the time and have sort of become this strange reclusive beast that my friends never see!
But ever forward!
Just wanted to let you know- I officially love you. <3
I find it both sad and encouraging that I read this thought, “I must be doing it right!”
Oh thank goodne$$ i am not going to be an arti$t. Woo for doktor$ and financial $ecuritiez.
This is my favorite entry Erika! I always feel bad that I tell my friends, my girlfriend that I can’t hang out because I need to work in my studio, but I know I need to work or else I won’t get anywhere! Promoting yourself in your community is really important.
I really liked your comic how to become a full-time artist. I sent it to my boyfriend who is a full time artist also. Your comic strip may inspire him. His website is http://www.eddieching.com if you would like to take a peek.
I knew an art teacher with similar instructions, though he took his too far. He essentially made it so his students couldn’t get an A while doing ANYTHING other than his assignments and then plus some (a lot of some) extra work that was practically a secret since he wouldn’t really tell anyone it was due. ‘Course, he’s the kind of guy who only teaches for the paycheck and hates teaching… so yeah, lol.
Hmm…. I think I need to take the 4th panel especially to heart.
Guess I’m lucky in that my social life is mostly online anyway ;)
Lookin forward to it. ;) Not the safety net (COUGHPIZZAHUT) but I don’t have any ‘friends’ and an excuse to my family for why I don’t ‘socialize’ more sounds heavenly.