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how do you start your art career?

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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do professional artists/musicians/writers or in other words 'creative people' start their careers? Of course its not a surprise that many creative people are challenged especially with what other people have to say like, "art/music/whatever is JUST a hobby and things like that can't get you a real job." Did you look for a "stable job" to support the things you like to do? how did you expose your art to the world and make a living out of it? what did you invest on to be successful?
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
What *weremole said. Mostly it depends on what you want to do.
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Create a body of work. 20-30+ pieces. Then contact galleries :)

Better to try and fail than not try at all I guess
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what do potential clients like galleries look for in a portfolio if the artist did not go to art school?
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
skill, innovation, messages, all that stuff. But they see it in shit like [link] so anyone should be good to go really
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plantiebee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Network, network, network and then network some more.
Depending on what career path you want to take in art of course, if this is more of a commercial advertising thing it could be different.
In the end, the more you get out there, promote your artwork, become friends with the right people, the more you'll see happening for your career. For art it can be a really slow process. There are tons of artists out there, its a big pool of talent with small spots on top if you know what I mean.
But if you work hard and know how to make sacrifices, especially when it comes to time and money, it is always possible!
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
studying arts, what are the most important things you think an artist must learn skill-wise? what are genre are you focused on studying?
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
I work sales jobs, and have most of my life, and make what I want artwise.

Did a year on a commercial art degree, and as part of that interned at a place that made greeting cards, realized I did not want to be a professional artist, drawing what someone else told me to draw, how someone else told me to, and get it done by 5pm.

Art is a hobby, I sell some, I teach some, but I do not make near enough to even make much of a dent in the household budget.

That being said, SELLING your art is a completely different job than creating it. The few people I know making a living off of their craft are either specialized fields (stained glass) or diverse (paint's silk scarves, makes polymer clay minatures, does costuming for the local theatre) and both of the pepole I am refering to above occasionaly have to pick up a job during slow season to make ends meet.
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so in other words it's still more important to have a stable job to keep your art business going?
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
People who create what they want, work another job and support their art that way.

People who work as artists, make what their employer tells them to make, and usually want to do something other than art while working.

Also, there are more artists out there, than there are job's for them, so job's for artists do not pay as well as other options, so it depends on what you are going for, and what ou want to do with your life.
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weremole Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Depends what you want to do first of all. How and what you may wound up doing is a whole other question.

The job requirements for a concept artist and a gallery artist isn't the same and it goes that way for every art job. Like, just because you can draw comics does not mean you can draw storyboards for movies and vice versa.
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what if someone were to pursue book illustration though he or she was not able to finish an art degree? would that be a huge gamble?
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weremole Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not really as long as you're up to scratch. Clients and publishers care about your portfolio more than a diploma.
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so what do they look for in an art portfolio? how did you go about making yours back then when you were starting out? who are your potential clients?
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weremole Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My day job is with a young software company where I draw concept art and other misc art stuff. I answered an add for a related job, gave an honest rate and it turned out they had a position opening if I was interested. I still do commissions and freelance besides that.

Your strongest pieces, keep it current and switch things out once in a while, take up jobs to build a resume, clients look for what they want to have done (this is why it can be a good idea to have different portfolios for different kinds of work). There are much better teachers than me who can help you in portfolio making. I'm also not too knowledgeable in the book illustration market and how to reach art directors.
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! im glad you pointed out some of the things i need about portfolios :)
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bleachrocks2010 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well with me I need a degree to help me become an animator right now Im on a gap year before starting university and Im busy doing work to get me more money for art supplies.
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how did you come about choosing art as your career? are there people who are pessimistic with your decision? what genre do you focus on? what are the most important things you must learn as an artist in terms of skill?
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bleachrocks2010 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I chose art cause I love it simple as that, my parents and family and friends support my choice as Im trying to become an animator. The genre I focus on is anime as that inspires me the most. I most important thing to know as an artist is not to be a perfectionist and just learn things as they come.
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good for you then :)
i must admit that i try to be perfect with the things i do which makes it difficult to draw
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bleachrocks2010 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although its a very tough path to follow in being an artist Im sure it will reap great rewards for you.
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thespritefish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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