Someone had reposted my recent commissions post and made a comment inquiring why I don’t just quit my job to do art full time. I’m sure there was no slight intended, hell it was probably complimentary, but this comes up from time to time. The short answer is this: "because i’m an adult with debt & responsibilities who realizes walking away from 40k a year job to doodle for others is selfish". I’ve never understood how steady income, insurance, etc is seen as failure. Chase dreams but sleep comfortable I say. The fuller answer tho I think is worth a share, so if yer curious read on for
THE ECONOMIC REALITIES OF BEING AN ARTIST IN THE YEAR AFTER THE YEAR OF LUIGI ACCORDING TO RUSTY after this here jump
I heartily endorse this whole shmear, but this paragraph in particular speaks to me:
"Yes but if you were serious about your art" AHHAHAHAHA yeah that, that’s baby talk for "you are not being the artist I want you to be per my parameters.". Art shouldn’t be dictated by rules, and the only ones I go by are the ones I make. That is the most freeing thing humanly possible.
I’m currently on the receiving end of a lot of otherwise well-meaning folks who nonetheless are barking down my snorkel about how I’m spending (or “wasting”) a lot of my time doodling a buncha goofy shit and old comic book characters. What they want me to do instead is make my “own characters”. Nerds, I made my own characters, I did original comics for ten years, I got an Ignatz*, I’m fine thanks. Right now I’m really into doodling any dumb thing I want, it makes me happy.
I gotta be honest, I’ve recently started getting back into creating comics because, for the first time in a long time, I really feel like I want to make comics - and that’s in spite of the (like I say, well-meaning) boosterism. None of the “y’oughtta”-ing I ever got from anyone ever made me feel enthusiasm about doing comics, it made me feel guilty and put-upon. Every time someone said “I’d love to see you do something original instead of just drawing Hoppy the Marvel Bunny and stuff” it just made me regret ever letting them see my drawing of Hoppy the Marvel Bunny in the first place, you know?
I realize I run the risk of sounding ungrateful when it’s folks merely trying to say, in a clumsy (and unintentionally patronizing) way, that they want to see more of my work. Thanks for that, honestly, but let me pick where my passion lies, thanks.