Advice for Artists: Part 2

It’d be naïve to think that being an artist is an easy career. The demanding workload, the struggle to make a name for yourself and always running out supplies, it can be a bloody nightmare.

At Now Then we’ve had some wonderful artists grace our front covers with their work over the years, and seeing as they’ve been there and done it we asked them the simple question, what advice would you give to other artists?

Here are some of the best responses we’ve received and now and again we’ll go through the catalogue, entertaining, inspiring and hopefully passing on words of true wisdom. Enjoy.

Now Then Issue 11: Craww, February 2009

“Man, I have no idea. I don’t think anyone’s ever shared any life-changing insights with me! Why is good advice so hard to come by?”

Now Then Issue 15: Jon Birdseed, June 2009

“I was, and still am, somebody who struggles with confidence. I really wish I’d been told that it was ok not to be part of an art or design community, and that you can produce work by yourself. You can get it out there, on your own. It’s obvious to me now, but for ages I felt like I had no right to make stuff because I wasn’t a part of anything. ‘Do it yourself’.”

Now Then Issue 19: Matt Daley, October 2009

“Don’t let the bastards get you down…”


Compiled by Brady Frost.


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