Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in arts but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tom Bacon, Founder of Tom Bacon Art, located in Chicago, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I'm an independent artist creating original retro-styled pixel artwork. My customers tend to be gamers, gaming enthusiasts, and even music lovers who find my work aesthetically appealing. I also offer some digital art services in graphics, comics, etc.

Tell us about yourself

I was working a temp position at a game studio, and I realized I wanted to create more for myself. I didn't love being a cog in a big machine when I was always bursting with my own ideas. I started going to conventions and getting inspired by all the artists I saw there.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Honestly, after the pandemic, I came back to conventions with 90% original work, and I've seen so much more success than when I was making more Marvel/DC/Anime-inspired artwork. I think allowing myself to express art that I truly loved making resonated so much further with fans than when I was making a Legend of Zelda inspired-art piece.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

It is your failures that make you stronger. I started doing freelance work for little money, and I offered too much for the price. I realized what I couldn't deliver everything, and I was wearing too many hats and offering too many services. It caused me great stress,

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Figure out what you're good at. Figure out what you love doing. Under promise, and hopefully over-deliver.

Where can people find you and your business?


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