Heyo. I saw you on Edmund's blog for questions, and heard you were a beginning illustrator and I was wondering how it's like starting to illustrate for a living and how to ya know, NOT starve to death lol. Part time jobs, loans, etc.? I'm a small little 15 year old kid and I really want to become a full time illustrator when I'm bigger, and I understand that I may have to get a part time job, but I want to try to one day survive on just art. Thanks :D
Hey man! Unfortunately I’m not at the stage where I can make enough as a freelancer to support myself yet. At the moment I’m a designer for a start-up, mostly making animated videos which was completely out of my comfort zone to begin with but I’m actually really enjoying it!
The best advise I can give, given the way my career has started off (except for practicepracticepracticepractice), is do *not* waste your time on a degree. I studied philosophy and it’s really difficult to say whether I’d be much better off with some kind of illustration degree. I definitely wouldn’t bet tuition fees on it. It’s all about talent and a great portfolio, so if you do any kind of study I’d recommend doing it off your own back. When I get to the next stage of my career I’ll post saying how I did it ‘cause I know how valuable I’d be finding it myself, right now haha.
Also while you’re young you should definitely try opening an online store for your work or something! I didn’t make huge amounts of money but opening my etsy store while doing my degree is really what motivated me to fuck off the philosophy and go into design