Now, I’m almost 40 and, more than anything else, I would love to be a cartoonist of some sort. For years, I’ve been drawing only as a hobby. I show my pics to my wife, family members, colleagues and friends and I love to see their faces light up. I’ve often seen myself with an easel in a public square drawing caricatures of people, especially parents and children, for extra money. I’ve also pictured myself doing a cartoon strip or gags at my own desk. I also see myself drawing cartoon pictures for English language books. As you can tell, I have many wishes, but no clear direction yet.
Last year, I finally took a step towards making this wish a reality by enrolling in a distance-learning course. I have a personal tutor in London and after I complete 10 assignments, I will receive my license. Right now, I am almost finished the 5th assignment.
What I really need is to remain motivated and to find my niche in drawing. I dream of getting my cartoons out there but I don’t know how. I dream of surviving financially throught drawing but I have no idea how.
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and any feedback is most appreciated. Thank you.
Like many people, I have a dream. In fact, I’ve had many but none have really been fulfilled. I could probably come up with 1001 excuses as to why not but what is boils down to is my lack of motivation.
Basically, I tend to give up too easily. I grew up the youngest of four children and, of course I love my three older sisters, I was often shy and afraid to do things for fear of being picked on. This shyness carried over into school, work and other parts of my life.
Just thinking about these 3 points:
1. I too am an artist that hasn’t really found their niche. The art world is a strange place, and I hear of different ways people make money from art all the time. I tried to go to your Squidoo page but the site is down (I love Squidoo). I recently found out about ATC Artist Trading Cards, through Squidoo and eBay. Also handmade collectible postcards by artists. I happen to like Vintage Halloween stuff, and happened upon this niche area.
Be very careful with web sites and domain names because if you choose the wrong host, you can run into many problems (I can write a book about it). I like ComicLife (for Mac) as far as preparing cartoons for the web. Learn as much as you can about optimizing your line-art for print and the web. You’d be surprised to know how much crappy work goes to press and/or is “put-up” online.
Creative Commons provides a little protection for your work, on the cheap. CafePress is a good way to see how your stuff will look and sell once you prepare it, and Squidoo can help boost sales. However, CafePress seems to be the ones making all the money so find a good silkscreen printer and offset printer after you like what you see. You’ll have more control over your final product.
Good Luck! The journey of a thousand miles starts with just one footstep.
2. trying –
Shyness does prevent a person from fulfilling their dreams. You express yourself through your artwork – I understand – I am the same way.
Take that step forward – it may not be as solid as you want right now – but keep walking forward and don’t give up!
Another way of using your artwork – there are many people out there that are writing children’s books (for instance) and would love to meet someone like you!
Take a deep breath and take that step forward!
Fear holds many people back from great opportunities. I always had a lot of great ideas, and I felt too much fear to follow through on them. One thing that worked for me was to put my ideas on paper, and then to try one idea each week. I made an agreement with myself to not quit until I had tried each one. At first it was difficult, but it became easier, and soon I was successful. It was a small success at first, but it is growing, and I am gaining confidence.
Find places that you can submit your cartoons, and submit them. Set up your easel at a local fair or, maybe at a local coffee shop.
You might find Susan Jeffers book, “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway” helpful. She offers a lot of ideas for overcoming fears, and bypassing excuses.
You have a gift to offer, and I see you expressing your talent in a way that is satisfying and financially profitable for you, and that brings joy to others.