A friend had posted on his site a list of ten things. It was titled "How to be miserable as an Artist"
Well, here is my,....er...well...positive...fallow up list.
How to be happy as an artist (illustrator)
1. Make sure never to leave your parents home. No matter what age.
2. If you have to move out, make sure to live with someone that has a substantial income to cover the bills. But, do not get into a relationship (number 5)
3. Get a real job somewhere but only long enough to injure yourself and collect Workman's comp.
4. If you get paid for what you do, throw a big party to celebrate it. It won't last long either way so enjoy it while you can.
5. Never, ever get in a relationship with a member of the opposite sex (or same sex if you are so inclined) as they will eventually expect you to earn a living like everyone else.
6. Only draw what you enjoy drawing. That may change at any given moment. In the end, it will be your best work anyway.
7. Never refer to yourself as an artist (high expectations) but rather a"creative soul". By having no formal title you have nothing to live up to.
8.Try not to announce that you can draw as you will find people wanting you to draw things you would never want to spend time drawing. While writers, actors, athletes and the like are asked for signatures, you will be asked to draw something. Something you care nothing about. Stay quiet and draw what you want.
9.Learn to enjoy eating soft foods from an early age. With no dental plans, an appetite for steak or beak jerky can only lead to disappointment in later years. Stay happy. Cake, pudding, dough nuts. Now we are talking.
10. Only want what you can pluck free from the Internet. Buying anything is out of the question. Enjoy only what you can afford (nothing) and you will never be disappointed.
11. Never have children. (refer to number 5, er, well number 1 as well should help you stay clear too). I love my children but, they can only bring you down when they look you in the eyes and wonder why they have nothing to eat and no presents for their birthdays like other kids. Happy artist will not go through this one every day.