Fine and visual artists create artwork to communicate ideas. Some visual artists work independently and some create art commissioned by others. Often a studio artist’s goal is to be self-supporting solely though his or her art, but this requires a certain level of success and renown. Many artists take on freelance work, are hired to work in another artist’s studio, or are employees of companies that produce visual materials (such as publishers and advertising agencies). Others create their art while supporting themselves by exploring arts education opportunities; or even through tangent or unrelated industries.
Things to Consider
Building on one’s talent and skill is critical, through practice, education, training, and review (by others). Developing a portfolio of one’s work is necessary, as is presenting one’s work to the public. Become involved with your surrounding community and develop and maintain professional contacts.