The Perfect Bait
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"When I was a student in art school, I had an idea of making a book. It would be about how to become a successful artist, as seen from the viewpoint of somebody who wasn’t successful yet.
Over the next ten years, I wrote down all the thoughts and methods that worked for my career, so that one day, if I ever DID become successful, I would have a “step by step” of how I did it. During this time, I’ve been very fortunate to do a lot of the things that I’ve always wanted to do, and live the way that I wanted to live.
In addition to doing art, I’ve also been lucky enough to meet some of my favorite artists, each very successful in what they do, and interview them at length. In learning their stories, I felt that it was time to put this book together."
comments you’ll get, and the more comments you get, the more views you’ll get. But how do you get the ball rolling? How do you get those initial first comments? The most common way is by commenting on other people’s threads. But remember: a forum is a community of real people who will react emotionally to whatever you write, so your comments have to come from a sincere and genuine place. If all you do is go around on the forums and leave comments in random threads like, “Hey, check out my art,”
you to produce a piece of art that you’re proud to release to the public? Three days? Four days? Whatever the period, make that your interval. This will help ensure that the quality of your work remains high, while keeping your posting schedule tolerable and preventing burn-out. To further engage your audience, add little descriptions or commentary when you post your artwork. What is it about? Why should people care? Don’t be afraid to open up and reveal something more personal about yourself
so that you’re back at 100% again but now you’re drawing twice as fast as before. And then repeat—squeeze your 5-minute ability by another 50% to double your speed. Next thing you know, you’re doing a drawing in two minutes, then one minute. You draw out your quantity, and then you work, work, work, and eventually you’re quality catches back up to the demand that you’re making, and the time. I’ve met and had the privilege to know many famous, successful artists, and one thing is apparent: there
and be like, “Oh my gosh, I need to get some sketching done, just for myself before I actually work on this job.” So I’ll go to work even earlier than planned, just to sketch. You don’t need to do that all the time, but my point is, you’ve got to have that passion. A part of finding your passion is just to get into the right frame of mind. For example, no one wants to fail, and most people hate the frustration that comes with failure. But there is actually a great reason for you to love it and
back in high school when I tried to get a job at McDonald’s, did they hire me? You know the answer: no. Today, people don’t say no to me nearly as much. I feel like all those no’s I got at the beginning of my career were a blessing—it’s like fate had exhausted its supply of no’s that it could throw at me, it’s now only left with “not right now”, which is where I am today. So, because of all those no’s I’ve gotten over the years, I don’t hear no anymore; I hear “not right now”. And then I will