There's so much to do to be an artist and specially if you hope to make a living by it.
I'm not making a living by it, I'm not making a living by anything much. but Let's not go there this time.
You need to do art, it's not so easy as some might think. My blood calls me to do sculptures, but I can't do those so I try to trick it and do drawings and paintings instead, it's not working. I like to draw and do dropart (my paintings) but it's not the same. If I don't have something new to show to people, how to keep em interested?
Sell your art I really have no idea how to do that.... well I kind of do but I suck at it. It's the same old story, people have wonderful things to say about my art, but when talk turns to buying it.. "oh ring ring.. it's my phone.. I got'ta go.. I'll be back later" not. I've been looking around internet to find good webstore to sell stuff, like Etsy or Artpal (I'm there at the moment), or Fineartamerica .. but well, maybe I need to just continue looking in to em.
Getting good, selling photos of my art. I can't do that. period. so I leave others do that.. or I would.. but if it's not happening right a same moment when I say so.. I just do it by my self.. and I'm not good at it. Then there's that making prints and stuff thingie.. oh it's just horrible. I've forgotten more of this crap that most of people even learn.
Money I'm not sure how it work's in outherworld but here, in Finland, to make a living by art, you need to be rich already so You can get your art in good galleries, take it to here and there, get great equipment to make more art and have awesome contacts around the globe. I have non of that...
Time and not giving up. Finally.. that I have..Sure, I whine a lot, you would too, but I'm never giving up. I might be forced to try to do something else now and then, if I can (there are lot's of medical difficulties in my life) but I will never stop doing art and making it my full-time "job". Because THIS is what I'm good at, this is what I love to do. this is what I CAN do almost when ever. Making art's and craft is almost as important as sex, or breathing to me.. so. don't know have you heard the word SISU there's just no easy way to translate it.. but it means pretty much about that.. "Never give up, never surrender" feeling from Galaxy Quest (check that movie, it's amazing).
So I'm trying to make a living by art, even that Finnish government and most people around me (not my family and close friends) do seems to be thinking I should be hidden under the rock or behind sauna. The fact that there's thousands of people who follow me in different kind of social media platforms. it give's me hope that someday... someday someone god-damn-rich-and powerful will become my patron and help me make a living... until then. I continue doing what I'm good at.
Writing blogs here.
Doing videos of me working in Youtube
Sending photos to Instagram
Casually hang around facebook and google+
Try to understand how Twitter work or Tumblr
make let people to know that they can buy prints of my art from DeviantArt most likely forever, because I've been there over 9years and even if I start my own shop ... well. I'm sentimental..
post the best quality photos, videos beforehand, sending emails and other extra to Patreon