.@galendara What advice can you give for other fan artists who’d like to move beyond fan spec work into professional sff art? #sffwrtcht
— SFF Writer Chat (@sffwrtcht) October 10, 2013
That's something I'm still working on myself, but I do have a some ideas based on things that have helped me to get where I am right now, So grab some salt, here goes:
~Get involved in art events where you can interact with other artists: off the top of my head I'm thinking of such online events as 24 hr comic day, Inktober, 30 character challenge, recurring Art Order Challenges, #draw365, and #DrinkandDraw but there are many other opportunities as well.
~Create new work on a regular basis and share it (on flickr, facebook, twitter, whatever is your preference.)
~Look into instructional opportunities like the Illustration Masters Class and SmART school. They are worth the money spent not just in terms of the knowledge and training you will receive but also in expanding your connections in the art world.
~Attend conventions, both art centered (like Spectrum and Illuxcon and Comic Con) as well as more writer oriented conventions such as Worldcon, World Fantasy Con, World Horror Con, etc.
~Get your work into the Art Shows at those conventions.
~Sign up for a booth at those conventions.
~Send work in for inclusion in art annuals (Spectrum 21 opens for submissions this month.)
So there you go, what I was not able to fit nicely into 140char last night during SFFWRTCHT last night
Oh, wait, one more thing. On the importance of connections (because many of my suggestions are about making connections). Bryan asked me what role connections played in my success, and this sums up exactly what has helped me get where I am now:
@BryanThomasS a writer friend mentioned to an editor friend that he had an artist friend if they wanted illustrations #sffwrtcht
— galendara (@galendara) October 10, 2013
That was my big break. Where it all began. I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am for that initial connection. (Thank you John!)
And now, because it's Inktober.. here, more stuff that crawled out of my pen the other day.
|antlers and branches. sketch by galen dara|