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Art & Life with Joelle Blot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joelle Blot.

Joelle, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve been drawing and creating since I could sit up straight. If I didn’t do something creative every day, I would become a much less manageable child. When I was in 5th grade, I started keeping sketchbooks. I filled up 35 of them from 2010-2017. I haven’t filled up any sketchbooks in recent years because of my switch to digital art, but I don’t draw any less.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I have always created comics and characters. I’m notoriously bad at writing short stories. I like writing long stories where I can fully explore the characters. I like to know them deeply and let the audience know them as well. I like to write hardship and struggle, but ultimately with a light at the end.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
As of now, I have never made a living wage off my art. I’ll get the occasional commission, but I support myself with a regular day job. Don’t count on your art, but don’t stop doing it. I’m only 21. I have yet to see where it takes me. Always study, always seek to better your art. Work hard.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post my comic, Shadow Puppets, online for free on Webtoon. You can also find me online on Twitter and Instagram @stardragonart, and on Tumblr as @star-dragon-art. I recently started a Patreon and can be found as stardragonart there.

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