How ironic, the day after I part ways with my agency is the day I sign with a new one.
I’m very excited to have signed with Inky Illustration agency, who are based in the UK. I have heard great things about them and I quite like their current roster of illustrators.
Despite my lack of success with my prior agent, I feel that I now know what to expect when it comes to agencies and I’m excited because it allows for new opportunities to arise while I continue to work on things from my end.
I have been thinking a lot about having a youtube channel for a long time now, and I started to make videos not long ago but quickly fell out of it since I didn’t feel that it resonated with me at the time or that I knew what I was talking about.
I was living in the heart of Toronto, paying thousands of dollars a year in rent and frantically trying to figure out how to make things work. I’m not very patient you see, I like to make things work quickly and efficiently, so I didn’t want to give up on being a full-time artist because I knew that the less time I had to work on my stuff, the less opportunities would come by.
Now, I am in a much better situation, living back in my home town for awhile, paying less than half of the rent I was before and I have much more space to work and a dedicated space for my studio (did I mention I was working in my hallway of my condo?).
I remember when I first started I would always watch illustrators on Youtube to see what their daily life was like, how they got work, basically all the works of an illustration career. There is no blueprint on how to do this job, it’s just figuring it out one thing at a time, so these videos helped me greatly. I hope that by starting my Youtube channel back up again it can not only help other artists but also perhaps continue to “humanize” me more and connect with people online on a more personal level. I can share little thoughts I have, tutorials, materials, finances, anything and everything I’ve learned over the past couple of years.
I have been thinking a lot about how much I rely on client work to bring income to me, not that I don’t enjoy it because I very much do, but I don’t think I am taking full advantage of what’s available for me online. Things like Skillshare, Patreon, Youtube, Etsy and Society6 are all great ways to earn an income as an artist while developing personal work and also doing client work as well. They all take a great deal of work, and the more you put in the more you get out but I think Youtube videos and paying more attention to my Etsy shop are a good way to start.