Thursday, December 8, 2011

Taking The Plunge: Full Time Freelance pt. 1

Taking the Plunge

It's been just over a month since I resigned from my day job to pursue illustration full time, and I'm still alive! Actually, if someone had told me two years ago that there would come a day I'd wake up and think, "What should I paint today... Magic or Star Wars?" I'd have made them pinch me to make sure I wasn't dreaming... or dead.

Of course, the biggest worry about switching from a well-paid full time office job to freelance illustration was money. That's why I hesitated for so long, and I think that's what artists fear the most about the transition. For me personally, having the extra time has been well worth it. I'm seeing a vast improvement in the quality of my artwork so far. Even better, I've been able to take on more work, which is helping to close the financial gap a little bit. Going on a budget is never fun or easy, but I'd prefer to give up some luxuries and turn the heat down a few degrees than continue to kill myself working two jobs. Period. And hey, I'm saving on gas money by not spending 2 hours in traffic every day. ;)

The biggest day-to-day challenge so far has been keeping track of what day/time it is, so I've been relying on my calendars and digital alarms a lot more. December has turned into a very busy month- so busy that I couldn't have handled all the art orders on evenings and weekends alone. But I'm working at a comfortable fast pace, and in the extra time between assignments I've been able to start some personal work, and do things I've neglected for a long time (like updating my blog!)


  1. Congrats on making it work!
    I just started following your blog recently, and i must say, great stuff! :)

    I've been teetering on a similar point. Working a decent graphic design job, but wanting to go back to school to focus on illustration (and have more time for drawing/painting).

  2. "...and I think that's what artists fear the most about the transition."

    It was easy for me, I just got sick of being laid off every 6 months.

  3. Thanks, eygji! I was on the same track as you, working in design, so I hope you can manage to get back to the painting.

    Hüth, I can definitely understand that!

  4. HOORAY! You are my hero! I want to be like you when I grow up.

  5. <3 you, Suzi! You are already full of the crafty goodness. Now you just need to do it constantly!

  6. Really, this kind of story motivates me a lot. I do have the interest in freelance jobs and done a lot of researches for this.

  7. Glad to hear it, Employ! 4 months in now, and I'm still loving it (even in the heat of tax season, ugh).

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