If you’re tabling at a con as a Li’l Rookie, get ready to experience these 12 Stages of Feels exactly like this.
Heya folks. I don’t reblog often, but I’m rebloggin’ this.
That’s because I’ve had this day, multiple times. This was me. And if you’re planning on taking a shot at the whole cartoonist thing, this will inevitably, horribly, unavoidably be you.
Cartooning careers are forged in the crucible of obscurity. This period, the one where no one cares and you go home discouraged, is when most aspiring creators quit. It’s just too much.
But if you can live through a few years of Saturdays spent being passed over for meme t-shirts and fanart prints, if you keep producing and keep going to shows and keep sharing work, you can reach escape velocity. You can find an audience that wants to support you.
Talk yourself out of giving up. Give your work a chance. Your fans just haven’t found you, yet. ( o_o)-b
Oh god yes. So much.
This is all true, but I just want to say this: nobody is saying you can’t do a little fanart, too. Yes, it might suck when it feels like everyone goes for fanart and not your original work at first, but that’s normal. People don’t know your comic, they aren’t searching for it. But they are constantly searching for fanart. it’s a way of getting on the radar. If you build up a fanbase and a good online reputation- whether it’s through doing fanart or not- recognition is a good thing.
Drawing fanart has helped me so much, in terms of getting a lot of practice drawing and getting more feedback and recognition that I would have if I only ever drew original work. Hell, I drew a Lady Gaga fanart and then somehow she saw it and retweeted it, and for over a year people were crossing the con floor to see my stand because they recognised it. Drawing fanart and pop culture stuff is a faster and easier way to build community if you participate in fandoms. And if the people like your fanart enough, you can bet they’ll stick around to see what else you can do with your original work.
I wanted to make a post like this a few months ago, when I was approached about having fanart I’d made for a very popular children’s show in an official book for said children’s show.
Sounds great, right?
Except there was no room in the budget for compensation, as set by the higher ups, and not…
Your wonderful birthday gift arts :D
From top to bottom:
-Tony. Or Tonie. Or Tawnie. Or I dunno…
-Red the French
I hope I haven’t forgotten any ^^;
Quick sketches for 2 people having their birthday today !
A shoulder just for me :D
Quand tu viens de poster sur le web une illustration dont tu es fier(e), et que quelqu’un surenchérit avec une illustration mille fois mieux.
(proposé par un lecteur)
"When you posted on the internet an illustration you’re so proud of and someone outbids with a thousandfold better work."
Ernest & Celestine.
Seriously, watch it <3
BEAT THE BEST! and RUN&GUM
Two fan arts made for the JSRFanzine
They infinitely look better in full view :)
*is now humming the bassline*