I have a question for you.
What would you do if you woke up blind tomorrow? Does the thought make you sick to your stomach – to realize that you will never be able to see or create art? Or would you be up to the task of spending the rest of your life doing something else?
This is how I feel: The thought of never being able to see or make paintings and drawings ever again…it makes me feel empty. I would almost rather lose my hands. Because at least then I would be able to enjoy looking at art, even if I couldn’t paint.
If you don’t feel the same way, I would seriously question if your are ready for an art or illustration career. You have to be able to work through many, many difficult challenges — learning how to draw and paint, financial troubles, creative blocks, and making a successful business — just to name a few. If you can imagine yourself being happy doing something else, I am inclined to say to do that instead, because you’d probably have an easier time at it.
Simply put, you won’t make it unless you are really committed to your craft. You have to be able to do what it takes. As a visual artist, your worst nightmare should be going blind. Then you know you’re in the right business.