Well I am a professional illustrator LOL Check out my website : www.frankiebwashington.com I do a lot of work for advertisement agencies but did work in animation and film as well a long time ago. I also did work for Upper Deck and few other trading card companies- Fun stuff.
I am such an idiot I really should check these things before I comment I guess it is a good sign that they do look professionally made if you really are a professional From your profile, it looks like you've done some pretty big name stuff too.
I'll never have the skills to go professional, but my planed career is sort of pulling me in the opposite direction anyways.
Thank you You are very right. This is something I very recently had to remind myself. I'm doing this because I want to enjoy it. Somewhere along the line I did lose track of that. This is even the subject of my current journal.
If you don't mind me asking, what would be the usual education background of a professional artist? What I mean is what sort of classes would you take? I've just run into so many very generous students and professionals on DA. I'd like a better idea what people know so I can help them help me better. I'm studying engineering, so my my background is very math, physics, and materials heavy. I use level three calculus to setup my drawings for goodness sake
The honest TRUTH is that you have to KNOW and BELIEVE that you're an artist. There's a lot of folks that can draw but there's an extra things that you'll need to elevate to Pro status. 1) LOVE to draw and be open to learning the fundamentals of illustration. Think of it in the line of making sure you have a strong foundation before you build the house on it. 2) PERSEVERANCE is what you'll need as the many doors are slammed in your face. 3) HUMBLENESS. the essential ingredient to keep the arrogance/ego in check. Remember that the fact you are able to make some level of finance from drawing is a big thing... 4) BUT don't allow yourself lose your self worth. It is essential that you should try and learn the basics of business. The ultimate art is the ability to NEGOTIATE deals and keep clients interested in you and your art. 5) EVEN though I went to art school after graduating from HS - I know a few professionals who never went and succeeded by picking up art books, reading, investing, learning about the fundamentals of art and then apply common sense business facts to make a career out of it. 6) IF you truly believe you are meant to be an artist- YOU have to act on it. To be a freelancer like myself is a leap of faith. I've always considered my self a ronin trying to make away in the art industry. It's a powerful analogy that helps me get thru the HARD times. 7) REMEMBER that you LOVE doing this and that whether your working on storyboards or comic panels you are living your dream. I truly can't see myself doing anything else but draw- So I make it so.