How to become a freelancing cartoonist?
September 26, 2012 4:24 PM Subscribe
I want to become a cartoonist. Can anyone give me some helpful advice or point me in the right direction?
Is it a realistic goal to want to become a cartoonist?
I took some college classes back in 2006 and developed my artistic talent. Since then, I've been teaching myself how to work digitally with programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I've started a blog where I post a lot of my artwork and set it up as a portfolio for myself. I've read numerous books on becoming a freelancing illustrator, and I pick up the annual Artist & Graphic Designer's Market every year. I've been seeing a lot of improvements in myself and I feel like I want to make a career out of my work. I'm always proud of everything I do and it makes me feel very confident in myself.
Lately though, my passion has taken a backseat. I've been working day jobs, trying to save enough money to move out to an area where I can possibly freelance or find jobs related to what I want to do. For the past few years I've taken zero action in achieving my goal. There have always been obstacles such as lack of confidence, depression or money. But I feel right now, with a secure decent-paying full time day job, is a good time to start working on it.
I've had zero experience with freelancing, and I really don't know where I would start. I know I want to become a cartoonist, seeing as how most of my work can be "cartoonish". I currently live in New Jersey and have thought about moving out to a nearby city, such as Philadelphia, to network with other artists.
What would be some good ideas to get myself out there? I've thought about starting a web comic but how successful can running a web comic be? What are some books that teach me how to market myself