How it Happend
The year of 2017 has been plum full of new experiences, risk taking, happiness and new found inspiration. I started it with purchasing my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and taking a try at digital art for the first time in my career as an artist. Who would had known that this impromptu splurge would turn into a full fledged career? I mean I sure didn't.
October rolled around and I took a try at Inktober (no I didn't make it all the way through) BUT I do think that is when I started discovering a style of my own. I am heavily influenced by other illustrators Holly Exley and Frannerd. I began watching their vlogs on YouTube and fell in love with the idea of becoming an illustrator! If you're interested in illustration or just great art in general I highly suggest you check out their social media accounts and channel on Youtube!
Following Inktober I started offering my commissions on my Instagram account and was surprised about the amount of followers I had interested in actually paying me to have a custom illustration done! After a week of full commitment to posting my work on social media I realized that this could be turned into something amazing, something for myself.
I quickly found a great print shop here in Springfield with the help of another local illustrator Kendra Miller. I formed a work partnership with the print shop and now only have my work printed there. (For you Springfield locals, OTC print shop is where I get my work printed! They rock!) Finding the right print shop is so important and makes the custom order process so much easier and enjoyable.
Commissions started flooding in and soon I realized I needed to focus more on my art business than my part time job at Michael's Craft Store. (Little side note: Having a day job as an artist is very important but it also is such a life drainer. All you want to do is create and going and working a part time job feels like hell. I feel ya guys.) Luckily I have some really great clients that helped spread my name to all their friends and coworkers and that led to a lot of work for me. Including the CEO of a nationwide company approaching me and asking if I was interested in becoming their brand designer for their company! I went for a meeting and landed the job! (Mini party in my car afterwards!) This allowed me to work from home and quit my day job.
As of now I earn my living from commisions and the work I do for the company that hired me!
And that places me here, to the present, looking into 2018 with nerves galore and inspiration to grow my business and create even more!