I don't know where the beginning is. Really, being a graphic designer is so helpful!! That could be considered the beginning 26+ years ago.
I think maybe the person who asked is looking for the order I did things in. This isn't a straight line, just a synopsis of how it went for me. I would bet all of you have a different path :-)
So, my kids got older and I started drawing again. I started taking my paper pad and color pencils in the car (red VW Bug back then) with me when I went to get into line to pick up kids from school. About 10 years ago. MUCH more convenient than watercolors in the car. Oh what fun and how I had missed that.
Then I had several images, monsters, halloween, snowmen - what ever the mood and season and what to do with this art? I went looking online and found CafePress and Zazzle. I built a CafePress store and at my best point, was donating $300/year to my local food bank. Fun :-) I think this was around 5 years ago. I joined Twitter around the same time to help promote the store.
One day while shopping I actually "heard myself". I would pick up items in the store with art on them and say "I can do that". Many times I would say "I can do better than that!" I have been saying this for god knows how long, but not listening. My now adult kids remind me that I am still saying it...
(2-3 years ago?) Fired up Google and found lots of great information on sites and blogs. See my Useful Stuff page for links I found helpful. Thanks so much for all the amazing people in the Art Licensing biz! I started mocking up my art on products and creating collections. I worked on my portfolio first. I think I had 30 collections, it depends on how you "count" my early collections were just one image :-) Now a collection could be 6 palette knife paintings.... 30 Halloween icons, or some where in between.
Next came my website to show off my portfolio on and let folks know I am darn serious about this Art Licensing thing :-) About the same time I bought Tara Reed's book "How to Find an Art Licensing Agent" which I talk about in my How I Found an Agent blog post. (Note: since I have purchased some of Tara's products and they helped me, I am now showing affiliate links on this blog as both helpful info AND a little income to support my time spent blogging).Now we are to the point where if you want more steps See the blog post How I Found an Agent.
It gives a bit of the background I have just mentioned and more detail about finding an agent.
If you haven't read it already, you also might like knowing Why I Want an Agent. An agent isn't for everyone :-)
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