If you’re an artist (more likely a painter or illustrator, since that’s my scope), and you’ve always wanted to make something that’s your own, you might have encountered this multiple-choice question:
How Do I Make This Making-Art Thing Work?
a. Go all-out and support myself solely with my art?
b. Sign up on a secure day job while making art on the side?
c. Do freelance jobs while making art?
d. Marry a banker and spend the rest of my affluent life making art?*
Last option aside, it’s really fascinating to see how different artists pick a certain way of life and make it work to their advantage (and in some cases, realize that they’ve been working under a methodology that doesn’t suit them after all and decide to shift paths), even turning the bill-paying necessities into works of art themselves. So for this blog entry (and the next ones to come) I talked to some of these friends and got them to share some details you might be interested in learning.
But spoiler alert: don’t expect to see a conclusion on which choice is better by the end of this session. There is no standard equation for everyone, but there is more likely a framework for each person suited to his or her strengths (plus vices), and environment.
* – This was an advice to me by a professor back in college. Seriously.
Today’s featured artists are:
Chalk Zaldivar / Freelancer and instructor
Gab Lopez / Company-based graphic artist
Cam Aragon / Company-based artist turned freelancer
Katrina Pallon / Company-based artist and freelancer
Read more @ http://stainedpaper.me/blog