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@Melissa-Bailey-0 It's really good to hear from someone who's been there. No I haven't done any illustration work from start to finish for a client. Honestly, at this point I'd be pretty scared if I got a job doing a whole book. I think I could make it a next project to work through a book dummy and see where that takes me.
That said, I'm mega unemployed and I also need to get some income going. Even if it's not anything close to a dream gig. As you said, I need to weigh some pros and cons about crowdsourcing work. I'm excited to look into Reedsy that @StudioLooong suggested. Are there others that you have strong opinions pro or con on?
THE FIST is about a guy who punches stuff real good. His wife is a spaceship. They’re on the run from the EVIL Space Army, but stop along the way to fight for money.
It’s a big, action-packed, weird, silly, four-color, fun, dumb, love-letter to all the comics, cartoons and video games that formed my brain as a kid.
It’s a book I've been working on and off between projects for four years. I "write", illustrate, color, and publish it all on my own. I say "write" because it's more of a freeform kind of thing. I use a loose outline, but make up a chunk of it as I go.
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Thanks, @Meg-Clayburn! I'll look up some reference and see what you mean.
Yah sorry about the text it was a pretty rough quick chop job lol. Thanks I have several stories but most of the others a bit longer. I thought this would be an easier start... I’ll be back with more progress reports!
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@NessIllustration and @Valerie-Light
Thank-you both so very much for your insight. I think you're absolutely right, Vanessa--I've always struggled trying to figure out where I fit. I have to answer that question first before I can do anything. I've figured out that there are specific industries in illustration that I don't want to go into (gaming, movies, animation), but not enough information about where I do think I want to go (prints, merch, self-published stuff). It's "safe" when you tell yourself you're still a student and you still have a lot to learn--no illustration is in the wrong direction, and everthing is an opportunity to build skills. But eventually you actually have to pick a path, and start investing time and energy in that. I need to research the path I want, and do work appropriate to it.
And Valerie--thank-you for such a valuable approach!! I'm going to look at my body of work in that light... I know there are pieces that came easier and were more pleasurable to create. And others that (on balance) were more of a struggle (albeit, at some point on each piece I felt "in the zone" to a certain extent). I know I have preferences I felt I couldn't indulge when I was making a LOT of those pieces. What happens when those constraints are off, and I create what's in my heart and just let it go? I know I felt that way on some of those. I think you're right--I need to look at those pieces closely, especially in light of the path I select.
Thank-you both so much for your help. I needed to hear these things. I appreciate you advice. And now I have a lot of work to do.