Freelance Illustrator Sheridan Johns
always look up to other digital artists who have made a name for themselves in the community and media
When did you begin creating art? Why?
I have always been into drawing and all that creative stuff, and I have stuck by it all my life as a hobby. Art class was, of course, always my favorite class in school.
I didn`t begin to take drawing more seriously until graduation crept up on us and we had to start thinking about college and careers. My [art] teachers would always advise me to keep pursuing it after I graduate and gave me lots of support and information.
In 2005, I earned my Diploma in Illustration, and that is where my freelancing career really began.
Do you have any role models from your profession
I always look up to other digital artists who have made a name for themselves in the community and media- especially ones who are published.
Whether professionally published or self-published, it`s always great to see that it is possible to take your hobby and your passion and really build your own success from it!
Where or how do you find motivation to create a new piece of art?
When it comes to motivation, I am probably one of the biggest procrastinators there is. I cannot force myself to create something just for the sake of creating something. It is something that comes and goes for me.
But I usually find my inspiration and get a sudden burst of motivation from watching movies or TV, or browsing through photo galleries of celebrities. I like to find a rather bland, candid looking photo, and figure out how to recreate it and give it some more... flare!
In my own I find motivation to people surrounds me like my friends my family also. sometimes I watch movies that inspired me and talking to my friends going out and have a good time, doing non sense things, trash talking at time passes while relaxing & mingling with friends and then suddenly concepts & ideas will cross my mind.
What is the most challenging thing about being an artist and how do you face it?
Probably getting yourself out there and known. Building a fanbase, basically. It is pretty tough to get noticed amongst a sea of millions, especially when you are just starting out.
Like any self-employed trade, freelance illustrating and design is not the easiest career path to take simply for the fact that you never know when your next paycheck will be. Sometimes you wait months and get lucky with a small gig.
Other times you are offered a large commercial project to keep you busy. Even though there is always going to be a great demand for artistic services out there in all kinds of medias,
the key is getting yourself noticed and showing them what sets you apart from the rest and what you can bring to the table!
Is there anything else you would add, anything forget to ask
Once you find your ideal method or style of art- work at it – then master it!
Have fun with it, and if you want to pursue it as a [serious] career, start making connections and networks now. (Like...right now.)
Sign up to social media sites, post your work wherever you can and get yourself out there! Plus... it`s free!