Howdy everyone! I want to thank everyone in this community for encouraging me and teaching me so much. And thank you especially to Rob, I've been following your career ever since high school and you've been a huge inspiration to me. It's awesome to be apart of a community built by professions and geared towards development and learning. Thank you!!
I am an intermediate illustrator and Concept Artist, hoping to break into the industry in the next couple of years. I did not go to art school, mainly due to lack of finances, but I've been self-teaching ever since high school(about 5 years). I just recently started a family, and my new daughter is my whole world, but I'm still trying to find the time to focus on my development and career. I work full-time right now as a retail manager, so my hours are hectic and it's hard to find the time to focus on my art.
When I was in high school I started a company with a bunch of my friends, we became legitimate and licensed ourselves as an LLC. It was a huge learning experience, and though I was young and our company eventually fizzled out, I grew the most during that time than any other time in my life, and it helped me realize that working towards this career was going to be my life goal.
Currently, I am working on writing a novel, which I am doing designs and illustrations for. This started as a project to give me a universe full of art to inspire me, and turned into a story that I'm excited to share with everyone.
@sluggydragon, it's very encouraging to see someone else who has a family, but is still trying to find time for this career! Keep going, brother!