Over on my AA blog, I wrote a post for struggling artists:
Before you give up…you may want to try changing it up.
“…If we’re honest, often our lack of success is because we’re just not ready for prime time. Most cartoonists prefer to dive in first and learn our craft as we go. But what if other people don’t see our dreams the same way we do? How long do we tread water, believing in a dream if nothing ever seems to change?
There’s nothing harder than realizing our personal project just isn’t going to hit it big. In our mind, the comic we’ve been working on since art school is this generation’s Star Wars…but something is getting lost in translation. We started self-publishing to be the next Jeff Smith…but what worked for him isn’t coming together the same way for us.
So, it might be time to try a new dream that better reflects our current abilities.
Put aside the old ideas (even if just temporarily) and switch gears. Break out of our box. Shake it up.
Switch genres or art styles. Kill your darlings.
See how it feels to face the unknown of a fresh canvas.
Many of us worry that we only have one big story in us. And too often, that story is a trilogy or multi-part epic.
Or we’re attached to a single character so much, we believe it to be an extension of ourselves…”
…continued over at AstronautAcademy.com