Cartooning. Such a weird profession.
It really is.
It’s a line of work (no pun intended) where you produce images by yourself, stare at blank sheets of paper, try to get people to laugh (without being a comedian) and the industry seems to change regularly. You no longer need to draw that great, be published in newspapers or have your own Christmas special to be a popular cartoonist.
Also, you might be a relatively unknown cartoonist, but are KILLING it with client work. Or you might be an unknown cartoonist with NO clients. So many factors.
Again, it’s a weird profession (not to add — also full of silly pictures).
On top of that, if you tell an average Joe that you want to be a cartoonist (or that you are one), you’ll often get “the look”. Like a, “Oh, really. Sell crazy somewhere else, buddy. I’m not buying it here. A cartoonist….ha!”
Bottom line: it’s hard to get taken seriously as a cartoonist!
It’s not always easy. Especially dealing with the haters. God forbid you try to make it in this profession, right?
That’s why I started this new website, blog and courses.
As a fulltime, often times frustrated cartoonist, the road for me to get to where I am wasn’t easy. I’ve worked more day jobs than I care to count, I’ve sacrificed a ton of time and energy on things that didn’t work and, though a professional, it took me almost two decades to “make it” completely. I hope to help cartoonists that want to do it professional, or hell, do it for fun. Either way, I plan on tackling everything imaginable in regards to cartooning.
You name it. I hope to cover it all.
More importantly, I’d like to have some fun while I’m at it. After all, nobody likes to have a lame time. (Especially on websites. Bla!)
I’d love for us to swap stories, take bits and pieces of our own experiences and knowledge and get cartooning figured out to the best of our abilities. I’ll share my experiences and hope you’ll do the same.
SO…let’s kick this off.
What’s YOUR biggest struggle with cartooning?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment area.
Now back to more weirdness…