So you love to draw and paint. You've probably toyed with the idea of making a living with your art, but you don't know where to begin. Your day job wears you down; you weren't cut out for life trapped inside a cubicle -- you've been coloring outside the lines all your life. You checked out a couple of children's books, and you know you can create illustrations just as good -- if not better -- than some of those illustrators. While you can certainly make a living as a book illustrator, the path starts out a bit rocky and slow, as most book illustrators work on a freelance basis. Besides being a good artist, you'll need to know how to market your illustrations to the right people.
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2016 Salary Information for Craft and Fine Artists
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012 27-1013 Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: How Much Money Will I Make On My First Book?
- Kindle Direct Publishing: Enter Pricing Information
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: How to Become a Craft or Fine Artist
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design: FAQ
- MediaBistro: eBook Revenues Top Hardcover
- Upstart Business Journals: Children's Book Illustrator
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Craft and Fine Artists
- Career Trend: Craft and Fine Artists
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