It’s a bit of an intimidating prospect, but I am tentatively re-opening personal commissions of 2D work. It’s been rough these days trying to support an artistic business, studying for a new industry, and basically trying to get my head on straight to reach my career goals. I thought I could accomplish this by snagging a part-time/day job somewhere, but to be quite frank, nobody here is hiring.
I’ve tried retail, art supply stores, and even the academic arena, but there is just nothing for me here to do to close the gap between what I need to make my bills and keeping my own art business going, in addition to getting the continuing education I need to really break into the fields I’m aiming for. Finding work even semi-related to my passion and educational background has proved even more challenging.
In the past, I had closed private personal 2D commissions because I did not want to be known as that ‘cheap artist’ who does the ‘low quality cheap work’ and I intend to stick to my guns in this respect. Time is money, especially when you’re the sole proprietor of a business, and my prices reflect this fact, as well as being what I feel is fair to both artist and client. You’re getting high quality professional level work for a more than fair price for your personal use.
I prefer to look at things from the perspective of the great Masters who came before, many of whom worked for the church, the affluent, or in advertising, among other things, to keep food in their bellies. As idyllic as being an independent artist is, we sometimes have to do the same. Especially now while I am trying to build a portfolio, I am bringing in less money on my own while I am focusing on my fundamental skills, and therefore need the additional backing, be it through commissions or a day job. It’s tough, but it’s the way of things, especially during these difficult economic times.
Opening personal private commissions again also gives me the chance to test my skills in ways I could never have guessed! I miss being able to work with characters from all walks of life and creating something entirely new from them. However, if I find myself called to a day job or swamped with orders and events, I will be closing or severely limiting the number of personal private commissions I’ll be taking. As of right now, there is no limit!
More commission listings to come once I have more examples.
Stay creative, everyone, and thanks for all of your support!