Recently, a fellow cartoonist and I (C. Edwards) meet up for drinks and to talk shop. He told me about his plan to take his comic, Able Boddy to the level of a daily webcomic. That’s pretty ambitious. It takes a lot of pre-planning, because the trick to having a daily comic, is to have episodes ready to go in advance. That means write out your story arcs, and do the strips in batches.
What I like most was how C said if it doesn’t take off, that’s ok too, hell just move onto something else. I know people that don’t want to draw unless they know it’s going to go somewhere, or when they do, they really hope that this is the one that finally clicks. It always gives me the feeling that they are more concerned about what happens after, then about doing the art.
Edwards view was that if he does it, it doesn’t work and he moves on, he will take everything he learned and bring that with him to his next project. That’s a great attitude, and one that I have. Just do the work, and see what happens. Be true to yourself.
Just do the work.
Make no excuses. To often artists let themselves get tripped up in issues outside of doing the work. Recently I said, “a good artists always sees how they can improve on the past, but uses it to create the future”. Someone responded to that saying when they make mistakes, they get so frustrated they don’t want to make a new piece of art.
That makes me wonder if they really are interested in making art or creating or whatever. The only way you get better is by doing, and all that entails.
If you want to be a freelancer, you need to work on that just like you would your art. Website out of date, schedule time to update it. No excuses. If you keep it simple, it should be easy. Are you a designer? Then don’t worry about having some amazing design that makes people go HOLY SMOKES! Have a design that people go HOLY SMOKES when they look at the art on your site.
Just do the work. It might take time to see results, but you won’t ever see results if you don’t do the work.