Hi, fellow forum members.
I am starting this thread because a question has been around my mind for a couple of months now.
It started to come up when I began to take drawing classes. My current teacher is a fine artist. He is really skilled in drawing, life drawing, anatomy and so on, the whole academical standard. Although he learned hard and paints like a master, he struggles quite hard financially. He has some expositions every now and then but he seems not to be able to live a life with any sort of luxury. This made me kinda angry, seeing this really traditionally skilled artist that can paint all sorts of realistic pictures having to worry about his next meal and seeing for example some idiot spitting at a canvas or something and becoming rich. It simply doesn't support my (maybe too naive) sense of justice and makes me wonder about the omnipotent sentence "practice, practice, practice" because he DID PRACTICE, practice, practice and didn't eventually succeed yet at what he does.
Ever since I started drawing my wish of becoming a professional "artist", whether it's fine artist, illustrator, industrial designer, concept artist or whatever, grew bigger and bigger.
My actual question is: How are the chances of being able to make a living off "art" nowadays?
Many people say that it is a lot harder than any other job, because your income is not steady and you will often have to work hard for (practically) no money.
I seriously consider an artistic career for myself because I (like so many ) feel the urge to express myself artistically, love drawing and painting and couldn't imagine a better "job" for me. It's what I love.
But since I am 17 I didn't actually decide to study art, become a professional, yet. I am just having second thoughts about it, since my teacher is struggling so hard with it.
This is especiall to all you professional artists here on the forums:
How old were you when you began to take art really "serious" and thought about making a living off it (and don't tell me you knew you were to become a professional at the age of 5 or so )?
Did you ever have second thoughts about it, concerning the financial side of your career?
Or did you just follow your dream and didn't bother whether or not you were gonna be succesful?
Discuss! (if you understood this chaotic text.. yuck, my grammar sucks)