You shouldn’t expect it as a profession. There’s a reason why artists are still looking for “real jobs”. In fact, there already are jobs in painting. The best hobby is to play, and there are plenty of people doing that for free. The challenge then is choosing what you’re really doing.
“As a matter of fact it’s quite a lot of fun, the challenge is that it’s not like a job, you’re not paid a salary, so you have to be really motivated to do it.”
This is a big point. Most artists are really motivated, but as I’ve got to say, to really go for it, you better be serious, and be willing to dedicate yourself – for example, going to conventions, buying new paints, learning new techniques, and a host of other things.
In fact, it’s quite a lot of fun, the challenge is that it’s not like a job, you’re not paid a salary, so you have to be really motivated to do it. And of course there are many reasons for wanting to paint, many of the things you might want to paint, or paint, may seem really daunting. But do think about what you’re really trying to achieve, and that’s the best advice I could give – start by thinking big.
How do you pick the right subject?
It’s a difficult choice really. Painting tends to be a hobby of two types: the amateur and the professional. And the amateur wants to paint everything, whether it’s a landscape, a river, a cityscape, a fairy tale, or a dragon. The professional wants to be able to paint in more than one style at any time. That’s what I’m trying to achieve by making an all-encompassing hobby into an all-encompassing career.
The other problem is that these styles are difficult to come by. You have to be really interested in how to paint in relation to the subject. It’s not enough to simply be able to paint dragons or landscapes. You have to be able to use colour in a way that will give a sense of depth, and that may mean painting with a brush, or drawing your own images, or painting on canvas (or cardboard).
“Many art students I had in high school would come back to me when their work had gotten so big, and the studio I was working in was running out of space, I asked them, ‘Is there anything in specific you
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