The Testing Ground
Let's start with the reason why you want to become an artist. Are you in it for the money, fame, or do you find joy out of seeing people inspired by your work? To answer this question means you are serious about what you want to become. Art classes provide students with a number of artistic techniques and projects that challenge their minds. The student will then decide on their favorite project and on their own time continue the lesson over and over again until they master it. The process of start to finish is a heavy one, and as an artist, we feel comfortable in a particular medium but sometimes would be skeptical to step out because how time-consuming it is to expand our horizon. So how can we know if the next lesson is right for us?
Back Against The Wall
When I first started drawing I wanted to be the best illustrator the world has ever seen. Working for Marvel Comics or DC, it was a dream I held close. But as time passed I was also introduced to inking, coloring (a skill I'm still trying to master) and writing. After years of developing my skills, I still found myself taking advice from the greats like Rob Liefeld (Creator of Deadpool) who at a comic convention told me ways I can improve my art and what they are looking for. Thanks, Rob! Once I accomplished that, I then went to apply online for an art job. What the heck! There are thousands of artists applying for that same job. I don't have any special degree to back up my works of art and on top of that, I don't personally know anyone in the industry...strike two. I didn't want to strike out so I fought to find my niche in this unforgiving and relentless industry.
Follow Your Heart
As a Father I love teaching and as an Artist, I love to draw. Depending on how you choose to live your life is a good way to find who you are as an artist. No, I'm not a top artist at either major publishing companies but I can still show the world my worth to people I encounter on a day to day basis. My artworks have been featured in schools, libraries, bookstores, coffee shops, galleries etc. I would draw just for the love and sake of drawing. Personally speaking, I'm also a God-fearing man, so as long as I put Him first, He will guide my steps. Our artwork is a self-reflection of who we are and to express that freely is a reward in itself. Life will give you challenges that will build character over the years. Like they say...Rome wasn't built in a day. After trial and error, you will be able to find which path is right for you and what works best, if not, art will find you.