@lauraa You bring some really reasonable points.
I'm an illustrator who loves portraits, character design and telling stories.... I'm being pulled in 2 different directions and can't choose between them, realistic vs cartoony. so I'm trying to create something in between as my brand for the next year. a cartoony style with a semi-realistic textured rendering kinda thing. still figuring it out.
I used to work in real oil paints back in the day and until I graduated from Fine Arts then stopped for several reasons. I work in other traditional media now and I even used to have an Etsy shop and closed it, shipping was going to cost people sometimes more than the product itself. Traditional is just not the way to go for me.
I already worked for local studios and I know from experience that unless I work for BIG studios, working for locals would mean to work for pennies or even for free, so this is out of the question.
I don't know how to make the best out of the Holidays season by reaching out to businesses in the publishing industry abroad, so I'm reaching out to individuals. May be a few of those individuals have the connections, who knows. but I do love painting portraits so it doesn't matter who I do it for as long as I get paid what I want. I'm actually making an offer especially for the season to market my work to new people hopefully.
You may be right about having separate websites or at least separate instagram accounts for different services but I'm already stretched too thin and can't add more to my workload
Thank you for explaining the whole status thing behind portraits, I thought that was long gone when cameras were invented!