Kw-logo-smaller

Chris Woods :: Professional Artist

Is art your life? If you're constantly drawing, painting & creating eye-popping images then being a professional artist may be the job in your future. But, what's it like to make a living making art? Kidzworld had a chat with Chris Woods, the creator of the CD cover for the Barenaked Ladies Everything to Everyone CD, about what he does and how he got into it.

What Does it Take to Become a Professional Artist?

The trick to being a professional artist is to love creating art. If you're drawing all day long rather than goofing off, then you're on your way. The best thing to do is practice and make sure you're drawing what you love. It takes a few years in a good art program to really master your skills - then you can try to join a studio like the Diane Farris gallery.

What Makes Being a Professional Artist Da Bomb?

Being able to create art all day is awesome enough if that's what you love. Plus, you might get to work with some of your fave artists - Chris Woods got to work with the Barenaked Ladies on creating the cover for their Everything to Everyone CD and he says that, "Everybody in the band was very nice, they had great ideas and were very generous to work with. It felt like a real collaboration, not just being told what to paint."


Chris has also done some paintings of McDonald's, Krispy Kreme and even a piece that featured Subway, that was bought by the president of Subway BC! Chris says, "You can do anything to get your name noticed, but you have to have the skills, the dedication and the time. Also, most importantly, work with themes you enjoy. If you like painting model trains and people, then do that. If you're having fun, it's contagious."


What's the Rough News About Being a Professional Artist?

It can be hard to get started as a professional artist. You'll spend lots of time drawing, sketching, painting and working on your art when you could be out hangin' with your friends. Once you're trying to make money, you have to really work to get your art noticed at galleries and shows where people will buy it.


How Much Money Does a Professional Artist Make?

Chris Woods is a successful artist and he averages about $2,000 CAN per month. Gallery shows are where an artist will make most of his money, then the cash has to last until the next show. The trick to making big bucks is to get really good at promoting your artwork to all the galleries. Send them all packages and eventually one or two will say "C'mon down."


Related Stories:

  • Freelance Illustrator - Toren Atkinson (MacBin)
  • The Life of a Make-up Artist
  • 3D Game Artist Dennis Presnell
  • Artist - Joe Average Biography
  • 0 Comments

    latest videos

    F1070641323812

    Artist or Burger Flipper? Pick Your Job!

    • I'd love to be an artist and create stuff.
    • Mmmm... burgers... I'll take the McJob!
    • I'd want to try them both out and see which I like.
    • Work? Heck no, I'm going to win the lottery!

    related stories

    Dear Dish-It in the forums

    -Gwen9--
    -Gwen9-- posted in Friends:
    "jordand08" wrote:Thank you.You're welcome. :)
    reply about 12 hours
    donteatcarrots
    talk to the person you're closest too. yes, you said you don't get close with people, but there's probably one person who you speak to more often than others- talk to that person.
    reply about 14 hours
    donteatcarrots
    donteatcarrots posted in Friends:
    Don't worry too much- it's only your first relationship- but I'd sit down with him at one point, and discuss what makes you uncomfortable, eg; if you know what I mean...
    reply about 14 hours
    donteatcarrots
    donteatcarrots posted in Friends:
    Probably sound a little stereotypical, but the majority of boys don't really act like that... Ask him :p
    reply about 14 hours
    kittenkid
    First: WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T KILL YOUSELF! When you get past this you'll be glad. Well, this is just my opinion, but I think you should first find someone, anyone, even if you don't trust them, if there're your parents talk to them about it. I bet a bunch of people have already told you this but there're right. Before you walk up to them, write down what you're going to say and then think of a few questions they might ask and write down the answers to them. Remember to tell them that it might take you a minute to think of an answer. Before you answer, think of the exact words you will say  before you say anything, and think in your mind about it. Think about wether it is a lie or not before you say it. If it gets out of you mouth before you realize it is a lie, don't be afraid to say so and just say the truth. Also, just try to find something you like to do that will take your mind off everything. If you really can't think of anything, try just practicing saying your feelings to yourself, or a pillow or something.  Hope this helps!
    reply about 16 hours

    play online games