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I'm receiving quite a lot of questions about how I became a professional artist and make my living with art. So here is AMA initiative to give you an opportunity to find out more about pros and cons being a freelance artist.

Feel free to ask and I'll answer asap!
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Nivana-P Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Since I'm allowed to ask, I was interested in what is the most helpful thing for you while learning anatomy/lighting? Is it really just eternal practice or have you found some tips of your own?
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LenamoArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hello!
I've started learning anatomy with traditional media long years ago. And, unfortunately the most efficient way to learn body curves is practise. More precisely making studies of real people, focusing on parts that are problematic. Sometimes finding a right method to paint a certain detail can make things MUCH easier. And as "right" I mean a way of painting that works for you, not the one someone claims is the best.

As for the lighting the most useful thing was theory. Knowing how light affect things, how bouncing light works, what is rim light and how to use it to your advantage  - this was what made an actual difference in my way of drawing. UNDERSTANDING, not only reading about the light. A lot of people stops their learning at reading an article, and not actually on breaking things they see for more basic elements that can be drawn. So theory and then studies from real life.

Finding a teacher is also a good idea. Someone more than you experienced who is willing to spend some time with you and discuss the problems you're encountering in your painting process. Teacher is also the best solution for mistakes you make out of habit - and believe me EVERYONE makes such mistakes, because they were repeated hundred times before and none pointed them out. The individual approach might save you months of work and a lot of frustration. But the teacher won't do the exercises for you. I had few students who didn't bother to do exercises I've prepared for them and they were angry because of a very little progress they made. Well, even the best tutor won't be a substitute for your own practise.

So unfortunately my answer is theory, practise and determination.
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Nivana-P Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, as I assumed) Though hearing about practice from more experienced people kinda motivates to overcome the laziness and continue to study
Thank you for the reply!
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LenamoArt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Well, as I said it's about determination - you just need to push yourself and be disciplined, then you won't need other people to overcome the urge to be lazy :)
Keep going :)
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2fast2quick2op4u Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
So, I'm sorry if I ask you again. How did you find ideas for your art, I'm kinda struggling at finding ideas
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LenamoArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
If you're struggling to find inspiration try drawing a fan art of the character or place you like. I find painting fan arts relaxing and I'm always trying to learn something new during the process - for example painting gold or leather items.
You can also find a picture you like and try painting a study. I really recommend painting one of the old masters paintings. For me William Adolphe Bouguereau is amazing inspiration.
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2fast2quick2op4u Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Firstly, I'm a person with no skill of drawing to speak off but can I ask you? what makes you motivated to learn more about drawing in the first place? and how to keep your spirit at its prime when the condition isn't that great? (sorry for my mediocre english)
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LenamoArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Motivation is a beautiful thing and I would love to say that I'm always motivated and that I always receive commissions that I absolutely LOVE! But things are more complicated in real life. Real motivation, that gives you tons of energy and enthusiasm is a rare and exclusive thing. The thing that keeps me going is discipline and determination. And of course bills to pay :)

So, as you can see, my idea of motivation is a little bit different from what people usually promote. If you wish to achieve something meaningful (for you, not for someone else) you just need to keep going, don't give up when it's hard or you get bored. And I'm pretty sure that at some point you will get bored, it's a normal thing when you spend a lot of time mastering something. Taking a day off is a good idea, but after that just get back to things you find important, things that brings you one step closer to you goal.

Ah, and don't compare yourself to other people. There will always be someone more talented or just skilled than you, someone who does the thing years longer than you, and that's usually discouraging. Compare yourself to what you were able to do few months ago, and you will see the progress in whatever you choose to do in your life :)
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Jesart-art Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
For someone who actually have no experience opening comissions here, what prices would you believe to be fair? I don't believe myself to be a pro yet, but i believe i could already open comissions for illustrations and maybe concept arts. That said, i'm still really lost about the prices, especially since i'd have to deal with a currency that's foreign to my country.
PS: sorry for my bad grammar ^_^'
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LenamoArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The question about prices is really hard.

The competition here on Deviantart is quite big, especially on intermediate level. And there is a lot of people who are not paying taxes for what they make on art (which is illegal but allow them to keep lower prices). I would advice you to open commissions starting from 10$ and see if people are willing to pay you such price. Then if you will have many offers, make the prices higher to the level you feel comfortable with. And if not, don't get discouraged, just try to improve your skills and try again in 3 months.

You can also find artist with similar skill level and set similar prices for your pictures.

Artgerm said that the price of art is fair when you feel comfortable taking the commission, but don't feel greedy about the price. And I couldn't agree more. The fact that client is willing to pay 100$ doesn't mean you should charge him 100$. The question you should ask yourself is "How much *I* would pay for picture like this?"

Sorry not very specific answer, but I'm struggling with the prices myself.
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Jesart-art Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, this helped me to get a grasp on how i should search for the right prices. 
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SeerLight Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I think this is a really cool idea to do an AMA!
My question is: in your experience as a freelance artist, what is the best place/method to find clients and jobs?
Thank you in advance for answering! :D
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LenamoArt Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I've started here on Deviantart. It's actually a great place for beginners to find their first art job because people here usually don't have high budget and are not looking for a high-end level art.

It will be hard at the beginning because the competition here is high as well, but it's important to not get discouraged by rejection. You need to be tough and patient :)
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SeerLight Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for the answer! ^^
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