I am blogging about trying to be a pro comic artist while working in Full-Time Employment. No one asked me to, but I’ve noticed the lack of blogs from people who balance comic creation around office work. In its absence, I’ve decided to try and fill that gap myself in the hopes that;
- At least one person working full time becomes inspired to do as much as they can in their spare time and;
- I improve the management of my own time to maximise my creative output.
Why Continue To Work Full-Time In An Unrelated Job Anyway?
- House prices rising and falling – signifying a bubble that I expect is going to pop in the next few years, and;
- Being a landlord is stressful. Tenants are stressful. Dealing with a management agency is stressful. For my own mental health (see above) it’s in my best interests to let someone else be the landlord.
Finally, it’s like there’s little money in comics if you can be a regular Batman artist and worry about paying the bills. I’d need to build up a strong audience, and a Patreon balance, before I would think about quitting full-time work.
What I Currently Do To Be Creative
What Would I Like To Change?
I’d like to grow my network. Find some more comic artists in my position, and definitely find some local comic artists.
I’ve got a page from Facebook from my last attempt to make a local comics collective; named Panel Show! I struggled to get it kicked off because bookable spaces for creating was limited at the time. Recently, I’ve noticed that my city’s central library has an art room that looks bookable. It also seems to come with an event listing on the library’s website! There is Laydeez Do Comics, who host talks and panels. I should definitely keep up with local artist Una, who hosts plenty of comic workshops.
One of the skills I need to develop is relaxing without the need to be looking at a screen or listening to a podcast. It is a skill. I need to give my brain opportunities to do its crazy creative thinking thing.
I need to get my thoughts down more. Teachings, frustrations, mistakes; they all need recording. I could improve my creative process if I write it down. I’d like to contribute to the creative landscape. It’s not doing anyone any good to have it all stored up in my forgetful noggin, at any rate.
I also need to work in time to read more comics and graphic novels. I’m ashamed of how bad I am for consuming things by other artists. I spend too much time on Reddit, so I can switch that to comic sites like Comixology, and WebToon (by LINE). Suggestions for working with comic reading appreciated!
Finally, I need to get into a creative momentum. I need to find a rhythm that gets those comic pages scripted, drawn, and published online with consistency. I’d be daft to think I could build an audience without having anything to show them!
One Final Thought, For Now…
I really do hope that my blog helps someone. If it doesn’t, I hope it can be an entertaining record of one lady’s life creating comics, drawing stuff, and working.