I've yet to meet a professional commercial artist that seemed like they had it all figured out.
Every commercial artist I interact with online seems to have it all figured out.
I called a long time Internet buddy of mine recently and we had a chat about this enigma.
He said he was bummed because he was hoping I had it all figured out but relieved that I didn't have it all figured out.
No one has it all figured out.
This is actually what makes commercial art challenging, and this is what makes it so fun.
I often worry that having a podcast about being a commercial artist might communicate that I believe I have all the answers.
The truth is I just like to think and talk and experiment and joke about what it takes to be a commercial artist.
I do feel like this podcast has taught me one thing: you have to get out there.
Our industry can feel more like fashion than business. The pressure to be "cool" is definitely real.
But our job is to connect with people, and without really putting ourselves out there and into our work, we can't do that.
My podcast is the most honest and scariest thing I've done. I'm often tempted to feel insecure about how some people might just flat out hate it.
But the real true connections I've made with those who get something from it, are so much deeper than anything else I've done.
It makes me want to push further in my work, and be more honest in my work.
They say that if no one hates your work, no one will love it.
It's hard to know there are people out there who strongly dislike what you're doing, and keep doing it anyway, but I think this is where we find our real work.
Love to hear what you think about all this.