Choosing a life as an artist does not mean that you have to live poor and waiting people to buy for your paintings. If you have tried to sell paintings and it is not enough to financially support your life, perhaps you should try to expand your drawing skill and target for different market segments. Have you considered having a carrier as book illustrator? Book illustrator is considered as a job that requires different drawing skill and drawing imagination, especially if the illustration is to capture different book readers such as children because children have the purest mind and perception which is why book illustration is easier to understand.
Being a book illustrator means you have to have the basic skill which is drawing and you need to be able to expand your imagination as well as your drawing skill in order to translate the writings or stories and interpreted into the form of drawings. The children’s book illustrators for example, not many artists are able to fill this unique position because although they have the drawing skill, their drawing results are not enough to feed the children’s hungry minds and minimizing the bad influences. How importance is it to have type of carrier for an artist?
There are many advantages that an artist can get from choosing to become book illustrator because they will continuously being challenged to be able to draw new illustration for different books from different authors or writers and for different book readers. But if you don’t like this type of challenge than becoming book illustrator surely not a carrier option for you because this is only available for artists who ready to expand their artistic skills to whole new different level and always ready and open up for new challenges as they might be paired up with different authors or writers.