I've realized this past week that I need to spend more time trying to find freelance work and less time making my comic. I love creating AER HEAD and it's my true passion, so I'll definitely keep making progress on the comic and posting something each week, though.
I've been very good at dividing up my time between projects at various jobs in the past, but since this comic is my passion, I let myself be a perfectionist about it. It obviously takes a lot more time and care to create than a typical stick figure web comic ;) I have considered cutting corners by drawing at half the size. That would cut half the work, and in this case that's better than doing a sloppier job faster. Usually cartoonists draw at the big 11in x 17in scale and shrink it down so the art will be "super tight" when printed. But I've heard more than a few cartoonists say what's the point of drawing so much detail if it almost disappears when shrunken down?
More plans for AER HEAD include merchandise like stickers, T-shirts, prints, and the comic book itself, that people can buy through PayPal right here on my blog! But until then, I gotta pay the bills like everyone else. Recently, I have managed to get a part time job at an art store :) I'm very happy because it's art related, I work with super nice people, and I get an amazingly awesome discount! If you must get a day job, try to get something related in some way to your passion. It will be so much more rewarding than a daily grind because you'll still feel connected to your goals - more than just the money goal. You could also meet more people in your field and even potential clients. And I can't overstate the awesomeness of a great discount on supplies I already buy - it just makes sense.
But even so, part time won't cover all the rent, so would anyone like to hire me for any projects? :) I can work long distance too!