For Those Of You Making A Living In The Art Field...
November 20, 2008 1:23am CST
...whether it's illustration, 3D or graphic arts - how did you begin? Everyone starts somewhere. Did you start with an internship, or another way? How do you get your foot in the door - so to speak? Do you work at a studio or freelance (by "freelance", I mean that you pay most or all of your bills with your income from freelancing)?
6 Dec 08
hello hanasays! i am a freelance graphic artist and i usually work from home, unless i am hired to do a painting somewhere. I have worked in a normal office set up as an artist (hallmark cards) for about 5 years before deciding to go freelance. It was a really good experience because i was able to get a lot of training with design programs and other useful applications. it took a while to establish myself as a freelancer but once i got regular clients, it has been good all the way. i earn enough to pay my bills, buy new equipment- computers and camera, and travel occasionally :) good luck to you and i wish you the best :)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Thanks for the encouragement. The economy isn't too great now and I'm having a lot of trouble even finding a regular job. Staying afloat isn't easy, and freelancing is hard. It's tough to explain to friends who aren't artists exactly HOW hard. They think you make art and money just happens...
8 Dec 08
yes, that's true! i also hate it at times when people think i am a bum because of my schedule but in truth freelancing is so demanding! you have to be alert and on the look out for new jobs all the time. i wish you the best and keep in touch :)
• Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23 Aug 16
I'm an illustrator and I freelance part time. Made a few bucks here and there. I used have a main job as a Desktop Publisher/Graphic Designer and they don't pay much. I have never taken an internship though and I just think that it's not really for me. Anyway, I think freelance design/illustration have become somewhat unsustainable to the point that only roughly 10% of the freelance designers/illustrators can make money to actually support themselves.