The Secret to Getting Started as a Professional Artist

The Secret to Getting Started as a Professional Artist

How to get your first illustration job.



  1. Draw, draw, draw.
  2. Paint, paint, paint.
  3. Build a portfolio.
  4. Put your work out there.
  5. Rinse and repeat.

Honestly, that’s all there is to it. The problem is, you will probably fail the first time around. In fact, you will probably fail the first several times around. The key to this whole process is the “repeat” part. You have to find it in yourself to go through this process again and again and again. It’s not for lazy or the feint of heart.

But the fact is, if you keep going and continue working to get better, you will eventually start creating great artwork. And if you continue to show off your artwork, it will eventually get noticed. And if you get noticed, someone will eventually give you a job.

So, remember this: go through the process. DO NOT skip a step. DO NOT stop creating new artwork. And DO NOT quit.

That’s my simple post for today. Nothing groundbreaking or new, but we all need a reminder sometimes.

What’s your secret to success? Leave feedback, questions, and comments on this post at DaniDraws.com. Thanks for reading!