Originally Posted by Johnny Skosnik
I think you have received some excellent advice in this threat, elucidate. I admire artists like yourself and hope you'll consider this advice to help yourself bring beauty to this world.
That's fear and it is dis-empowering. I spoke with a professional artist who paints fantasy scenes (elves, unicorns, fairies, etc). She said around late-2008 (when here in the United States we were at the very bottom of an economic meltdown) her sales were down 30%, she could barely pay her bills and considered abandoning her artistry and taking a menial job with steady income. Instead she sought new revenue streams: every day for several weeks she took her pencils and sketch pad to a nearby marina, approached each boat's owner and offered to draw their boat for $20- $40.
Over 90% agreed. While the owners were also hurting from the recession they were still quite proud of their boat and delighted to have a custom-made print of it. She made enough money from these boat drawings to stay above water (pardon the pun
Here's the crazy thing: previously her fantasy work was rather abstract but drawing these boats forced her to focus on details and keep it realistic. Her new skills is realism made her fantasy artwork even better and now she's making more money selling it than before the recession.
Point is elucidate, don't let fear get in your way. If you truly embrace your goals and dreams the universe has a funny way of making it all work out.
I know this wasn't addressed at me, but this has got to be one of the most inspiring stories I've ever heard: completely marvelous anyway you look at it. I'd venture to call it winfinity.