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I get a lot of emails from illustration students and young cartoonists. Sometimes they ask to interview me for a class assignment, sometimes they’re recent graduates looking for advice on how to transition from art student to professional illustrator/cartoonist. I get emails asking about how I promote my work, how to “break into” illustration or comics, how to find clients, how to gain a following on the internet, etc. I usually laugh a little as I read all these emails because I myself am still really struggling to make ends meet as a full time illustrator and cartoonist. I’m still figuring out what works and what doesn’t. But things are definitely improving and getting easier, slowly but steadily.
When you think back to the prelaunch of the iPad, there seemed to be an abundance of skeptics. Many likened the iPad to an oversized iPhone, which had also endured its share of skeptics just a few years earlier — people who tended to see the world based on what they knew instead of what they didn't know. Steve Jobs was different. He relied primarily on his own instincts rather than focus groups and market research. He did it because people tend to struggle when trying to completely imagine something that doesn't exist. All that changes when they hold what they thought to be impossible in their hands.
Edit Edited by Dvortygirl, Laptop123, Nicole Willson, Random and 21 others Sometimes it seems like the hardest part of drawing is facing that blank page.