Howdy creative friends!
I NEED WISDOM - CAN I HAVE SOME OF YOURS???
I'm new to the SVS forums, but have been gobbling up the courses - Money well spent, I'll tell ya what.
Aight, so... I'm in information overload. I've been drawing for a long time, working on my own projects and doing portraits for pocket change. I lost my day job due to Corona back in March and have since been committed to developing my artistic career. I don't want to go back into the job market - I want art to be my bread and butter.
I did NOT go to college for art. Soooo, my portfolio is lacking a lot of example pieces.
The dream - work on my own graphic novel, sell it, live off of it, and fine art prints.
The reality - I'm not being paid to develop my own graphic novel, so I've marketed myself as The Art Bard, providing visual storytelling services for XYZ - got a website and everything (TheArtBard.com). I'm showcasing the better stuff from the graphic novel development to potential clients, which is attractive to a specific type of client, yet... It's all very muddled...
As I'm eating up all the lessons SVS has to offer, I'm finding myself scattered on my next action moves. So, here's where I'd really appreciate some experiential wisdom : Is the following a viable path? And if so, what do you think would be most helpful in moving forward on this?
Develop fine art portfolio pieces for the KidLit market
-Utilize the line art for manufacturer clients (for royalty income)
-Utilize the line art for goodies, like coloring books or stickers
-Sell fine art prints and art books
-Lease rights for publishers
Develop and publish the personal graphic novel
-Cultivate the online community/fanbase
-Utilize line arts for goodies, like coloring books or stickers
-Free first few chapters followed by subsequent sales
-Use my own production work as examples for services I can offer other storytellers
Visual storytelling development services
-Character and environment design for 2D and 3D platforms
-Production for other graphic novels, picture books, KidLit, pitchbooks, proof of concepts
Continue to offer portrait services for immediate (but one time) pocket change
The above comes out of the Business of Illustration videos I've seen here. I suppose I'm looking for feedback and direction. I would appreciate any wisdom you have to offer
Thanks, fellow creatives! Hope y'all are well and keeping busy!
All the best!
Shani, The Art Bard