the day i started

This blog is called the day i started.

It’s about the day I started my art career.

It’s not so much about the making of art, but about how to make a living from it.

I started my art career when I was 19, and since then I’ve been in some kind of arts industry for more than half my life. So this blog will be about how you do that too.

Telling stories from my life as a way of getting at the process of starting an art career is one approach. Another is to tell you things I have learned from other people who have done it. There’s also lots of information out there that you can use to figure out what you want to do, and what your options are.

There’s no right or wrong way to do this work, as far as I can tell, except having a sense of what you’re good at and what you care about and trying to find a place where those things come together in an interesting way that makes people happy and helps pay the bills.

The title is partly ironic, but it’s also serious: it’s a little bit glib, but if you don’t start something yourself then the chances are pretty good that someone else will decide for you what

I am still a newbie at this point but I did something that made me renew my faith in myself.

I created the account on deviantart and posted my first piece of art . It was a simple digital painting of an imaginary character that i made. I called her “sad girl” because she looked like she was crying.

i was really scared to put it up there, but the community was really nice to me and encouraged me to keep drawing. They even had constructive criticism for me and told me what they liked and disliked about the picture. This made me realize that I needed to get better at art, so that I could make better pictures and create more characters.

I know that it will be a long road ahead, but this is just the beginning!

Create a blog, and write about it.

This sounds so simple. It’s not.

There’s a lot of pressure on you to take the easy road: wait for someone else to give you a job, wait for someone else to tell your story, wait for a gallery to discover you.

But there’s no easy road in art. There’s only one road. There are many paths, but they all lead to the same destination. And that destination is not just surviving as an artist, or becoming successful as an artist, or even becoming great as an artist. It’s becoming who you are as an artist.

That doesn’t happen by standing still. It can’t happen by waiting for something to happen to you. It happens because you make it happen.

You make it happen with your own hands and brain and heart and eyes and ears. You make it happen with your own self, as best you can and as honestly as you can.

And then you share that work with the world, simply and directly, without marketing or hype or trying to be cool—no matter how scared or excited or nervous that makes you feel.”

I have found this process of creating art to be really fulfilling. I hope that my experiences can help those who are curious about making art, but who may not know where to begin. This blog will consist of my process and my thoughts about creating art, with examples of the finished pieces. I will also include information for other artists and those interested in becoming artists. I am still finding my way, so I am open to any suggestions.

I started drawing at a young age; I was always doodling on paper, or drawing figures on the sidewalk with chalk or paint. But when it came time for me to decide what I wanted to do as a career, I knew that there were two things that were important: 1) I wanted to create things (i.e., drawings, paintings), and 2) I wanted to make money doing it. This may seem contradictory, or even naive–to want both creative freedom and commercial success–but it is possible!

In pursuit of these goals, I first studied design in college, as well as painting, printmaking, and sculpture (all at the same time). When graduation came around, everyone asked me what kind of work I was going to pursue: graphic design or fine art? In response, I decided

It’s not easy to make art. You have to be brave and you have to keep trying. But it’s really worth it.

The people who don’t make art are the ones who say “I’m not an artist” or “I can’t” or “I’m too old.”

But you are an artist. You do art. If you haven’t made something in a while, that doesn’t mean you aren’t an artist. It means that you’re waiting for something good to happen.

To get started, just make something small. It can be anything at all. Make a drawing, write some poems, take pictures, even just type words on a computer for now. Just make something new, even if it’s bad.

On advice I was given early in my career, and discovered to be true later on.

1. You are not your art/craft/etc. So don’t let it define you.

2. What you make is not for everyone; this is just as true for the best of us.

3. Don’t compare yourself to others; the audience for your art doesn’t care about your process, only the end result (hint: no one cares about the process of their favorite writers either).

4. Your art is always a work in progress; realize that if you have been working at something for more than a year without great improvement, you are probably doing something wrong somewhere along the way (hint: this can happen with writing, photography, drawing, painting, music, sculpture–any art form).

5. Art is fun; if it isn’t fun anymore, maybe it’s time to move on to something else that is fun and rewarding.”

So, you want to be a musician.

You have a guitar, or piano, or violin. You’ve been playing for a while, and you think you’re pretty good.

You have a recording device — an old cassette deck, maybe, or a simple microphone and computer recording interface. You’ve been making some home recordings, maybe even some full albums. Maybe you’ve even played in some bands. (If not, why not? Get on that.)

And now you want to get serious. You want to make money doing music. You are going to be a musician!


Do not go any further until you have read this guide.”

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