At 9/3/12 05:47 PM, Mabelma wrote:
I have to ask something, Am I doing the right thing by garnering a follow ship of people that enjoy my work and are more likely to buy merchandise (like graphics novels, t-shirts, prints) before I truly delve into being a full time artist? Or should I just be creating what I want and hope that people will eventually enjoy what I've created?
I think you should just create what you want. If you keep producing the same sort of material for an audience's sake, then you aren't really getting anywhere as an artist. I mean, you're still young. You've got a lot of time to figure out how to make a living out of art, but (again, just my opinion) it's so important to figure out where you personally want to go in art and what aesthetic you're trying to achieve. It's easier to improve when you have that sort of goal in mind, and once you get to a place where you're truly happy with the direction your art is heading then who know? Maybe there's actually a bigger market out there for what you could be doing. And if not, then at least you've got a backup with your pre-established niche, right?