All of you lovely people who’s been following me know that I’m fighting the battle of breaking away from the system and becoming a self-sustained artist. Last year I opened my own print store as my first little step and I couldn’t be happier about it. But extremely irregular and unpredictable income from it still made me extremely anxious all the time. And I totally understand that a lot of you wanted to support me in this, but paying even $25 for a print is a lot for many ppl. With Patreon, if you can spare as little as $1, it will go a long way in helping me keep create what I love.
I already wrote a long speech about my intrinsic motivations on going independent when I’ve been launching my print store last year and this year only proved what I said to be completely true. I didn’t take a lot of commercial projects lately, but I was steadily enjoying those less and less. Not because they were boring (quite the contrary!) but because all this time I’ve had a nagging feeling that this is not what I’m supposed to be doing, that somehow I’ve been disloyal to myself.
Artists create for various reasons – for some it’s a fun problem solving challenge, some enjoy using their gift to help other people bring to life their projects and ideas. But for some – me – it is almost a spiritual thing and if you’re not communicating whatever your Muse is trying to whisper you, you’re pretty much starting to feel miserable and unfulfilled. And I think this point right here is crucial– every person (not just creators) should have a deep look into their soul to understand what makes them genuinely happy and passionate.
I enjoy putting to physical and digital canvas all the ideas and inspirations I get and I enjoy sharing it with you guys. There’s no better feeling than releasing to the world work that comes from your soul, not obligations and bills. My biggest goal and wish right now is to not just do art independently (which is more a means to an end), but to create a meaningful impact with it. It’s a fun and challenging puzzle to solve and I’ll be very happy to share this experience with you. Come with me!