A New Goal

Things are shifting, and I want to talk about it. Or write about it, I guess.

As we go into the last few months of the year, I want to spend the rest of the time planning, working, and saving. With my new job, I’ll be able to live more comfortably, less of the paycheck-to-paycheck life. If all goes well, I’d love to be there for at least a couple years. Along with my full-time gig, I want to try my best not to neglect Soft Peach. I study and create art for a very specific reason, and I’m starting to see it now. I want to help my fellow comic artists, illustrators and animators in my city.

Here’s something I want to put out into the universe. I would like to create a resource space for comic artists, illustrators, and animators here in Columbus filled to the brim with resources to help them grow. With this space, I want to help growing, aspiring young artists in my local area who want to create stories by providing them with a safe space chock full of everything they need to grow. Things like art supplies, rows and rows of computers with cintiques, art on the walls that inspire. I want to host events like comic readings, meet-ups to conventions, sketch parties, small classes. The ideas just keep flowing out!

More than that, I want to provide funding for those artists who want to make a big career move, like flying out to California to work with the big studios. Lots of artists that I know from college and are friends with are struggling to find jobs in our current city; and even if they want to go out to California to pursue their dreams, it takes months, even years to save up for a trip like that.

Other funding ideas I have in mind are things like artist alley applications and booth fees for convention artists, funding for local kickstarters, patreon artists, things like that.

I want to kill the idea of competition in the art community and embrace the “artist helping other artists” mindset. In college, the idea of our peers being our competition was encouraged, especially in the illustration department. I want my peers to feel like we’re in this together. That’s why I want to do this.

Every day during my walk to work, I daydream and plan in my head. My mind buzzes with ideas of fundraisers, spaces to look for to rent, different artists to reach out to, it’s almost distracting how much I think about my new idea.

There’s much more I would like to share, but for now I will tell you my next step to achieving this goal: I am going to start a Facebook group and invite comic artists, illustrators, and animation artists I know to join so I can share my ideas, and see if people warm up to it. I would like to know there is a demand for this in my city before I go gung-ho.

Since I’m still in a transition period with balancing my job and side-hustle, it took a couple weeks to write this blog post. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to write more for you. But for now, I added a small donation bar at the bottom of my website. If you’re feeling generous, feel free to add a couple dollars my way. It will really help support me and this blog, and I will be able to move closer to my goal of working for myself as a full-time artist.

See you in the next post! <3

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