Not really hahahaha. I mean I feel lucky for every opportunity/freelance work/gallery show/group show/anthology invite/sale etc I get but I do not make a lot of money doing this if that’s what you’re asking!!!
I probably do not pursue commercial illustration as strongly as other working illustrators do (i don’t really tend to promote myself for editorial work specifically, apart from just having my work online which people can see and occasionally contact me for jobs from seeing it) but i’m happiest with creating work for myself.
I don’t mean the work is for me as an ‘audience’ but I mean creating my own ‘work’ by making and selling jewelry and stickers and books and on ~~ Months have gone by before were I had no commercial illustration work coming in. Making your own way from scratch is pretty rewarding though, even if I’m just squeezing by. : ^ ) but I’m really lucky to be able to do this!!! (even on a smallish scale)
I live pretty simply, I’m thrifty (enough) and in the end I just honestly can’t see myself doing or wanting to do much else so I keep doing what I do.
You gotta love/need to do it, I think.
Hey!!! cool! Are you in first year? : o )
I had a really good time there. I mean in hindsight i feel kind of weird about how much money it cost (i have osap debt still…) but to me it was a very enriching experience!!! It was my reason to leave home (I’m from Sudbury), and move to Toronto which I do not regret one bit! I had many really great teachers there (primarily Fiona Smyth, Paul Dallas, Gary Taxali) and met so many great and inspiring people ~~
Art school is weird. You get what you put in, and it’s only worthwhile really if you have engaging teachers whose work/advice you respect. There are a lot of problems with that school (like when i was going, the difficulties of taking ‘art’ classes while you are enrolled in ‘design’ was really stupid) and i felt some classes were a real waste of money but overall I would still make the choice to go to ocad.
Also one of my best buds now teaches there (Chris Kuzma) and he is probably a pretty good teacher too haha
if you have any other questions about ocad feel free to hit me up and i will try and be helpful ~ , ~
(choosing to publish this Q:a in case other potential students are wondering)