Today, I’ve been reflecting a lot on how mental freelance can be. I am privileged enough to have the opportunity to choose which projects I take on. I can aid organizations I believe in and turn down those I oppose, but at times this luxury can be a burden. At times, I come to a fork in the road, perhaps an issue I haven’t taken the time to think about before that requests my services, and I must make a choice. Creating and aiding in others ideas ties you to those ideas and as they evolve, you are associated with those changes despite your personal thoughts on them. That’s why we have contracts. That’s why we are paid to do what we love. Artists are passionate people by nature. Even those who decide to brave the critical world of making a living from what they create inviting critique cannot always remain objective. So today, I find myself thinking more than putting pen to paper. I find myself at the burdened fork freelance presents from time to time. And as my thoughts weigh the possible repercussions of my decisions, I remember, always, that paying the bills is important, but being able to sleep at night after a hard days work with a clear mind and a proud heart, that’s a whole different animal.
this is too awesome to not share
some crows I drew for the Portland Outsider
People often ask me all different sorts of questions about being an illustrator, especially when they are getting started. It’s a pretty scary jump to make, but the thing to remember is everyone has to do it at some point.
Pikaland is a great place to look for advice and first hand stories. It’s mostly geared towards illustrators, but the author speaks generally to artists more often than not. A great way to keep getting started on your mind is to subscribe to her zine, Good To Know. I wish I had when I was getting going. Hope its as helpful to you as others have found it to be!