Bath of Roses

Bath of Roses

A beautiful watercolor depicting a stunning woman in a bath of rose petals.

I wrote previously about Art, Inc. Such a great book for the artist looking to get out there and turn passion into making a living.

One of the concepts in the book is to consider following the path of an illustrator instead of the more traditional path of a gallery artist. The challenge is that illustration is a much more commercial world and requires considerably more business acumen.

But anyone can do it.

The key is to figure out your niche. For example, maybe you want to focus on wedding invitations or birth announcements. Maybe logos is more your thing.

There are a lot of great outlets for selling your illustration work. Behance, owned by Adobe, is one of the better marketplaces and communities for this kind of thing. 99designs is another good one.

Watercolor by the Window

Watercolor by the Window

Sitting the window frame at the end of the day.

Been thinking a lot about Art, Inc., a great book I’ve been reading about getting a real career as an artist going. As in a successful one. One of the book’s central premises is that you don’t need to be a starving artist. You just need to get up from behind that easel and start making it happen.

The book is great for learning how to find your voice as an artist, thinking about getting started with selling your work, and also contains lots of advice on how to present yourself to galleries.

Check it out!

In a related note, I’ve been toying around with Procreate on the iPad Pro for a while. So much fun with this app!