How to pursue a creative career

Wacom’s creative pen displays and pen tablets are the technology choice of professionals across a variety of creative industries, from animators to comic artists to film editors to digital illustrators.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a creative career, you’ve come to the right place.

Wacom has worked with thousands of artists over the years, and we’ve tapped a bunch of them to provide advice and insight into how you can pursue a creative career. Stay tuned, as we update this page often.

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The latest insight and advice on creative careers from Wacom

Here are the most recent articles we’ve put together about pursuing a creative career: interviews, advice, and more from a variety of professional creatives across a variety of fields.

Artist and animator Joshua Leonard on his career, why diversity matters, and advice for young artists

Artist and animator Joshua Leonard on his career, why diversity matters, and advice for young artists

We spoke to Joshua Leonard about his career: how he got his start, why prioritizing diversity is important, and advice for young ...
The Top 10 things I wish I’d known sooner as a freelancer, by Inkshift

The Top 10 things I wish I’d known sooner as a freelancer, by Inkshift

In this video and guest post JJ, also known as Inkshift, shares 10 lessons he wishes he'd learned when he was just starting out in the ...
Turning adversity into art: an interview with Lance “Khan” Jones

Turning adversity into art: an interview with Lance “Khan” Jones

Lance "Khan" Jones is a solo creative entrepreneur who has been working in the live streaming space since 2017. Through Khan Art & ...

Featured webinar

Wieger Poutsma‘s workshop from Wacom Career Days 2023, “From Freelancer to Becoming a Brand.”

In this presentation, Wieger Poutsma shares his experiences in turning his freelance career into a brand, the challenges he faced, and the uplift he found in unexpected places.

 Wacom discounts & promotions

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Please note: Pricing and product availability are determined by the Wacom US eStore and are subject to change without notice.

More Wacom creative careers content

How Marco Bucci became a pro artist without going to art school

How Marco Bucci became a pro artist without going to art school

Marco Bucci reveals how he became a professional artist, despite not attending formal art school, and gives you ...
Behind the scenes of a 3D texture art career with KitBash3D designer Gabs Herrera

Behind the scenes of a 3D texture art career with KitBash3D designer Gabs Herrera

We spoke with Gabs Herrera, 3D texture artist, about her career, why she uses Wacom, and her work on KitBash3D's ...
Artist Lynn Chen on her career, artistic process, and advice for young artists

Artist Lynn Chen on her career, artistic process, and advice for young artists

We spoke to illustrator and visual development artist Lynn Chen about her career, her artistic process, and advice ...
Fostering Success Together: Seven Ways to Engage Parents and Students in Digital Arts Career and Technical Education 

Fostering Success Together: Seven Ways to Engage Parents and Students in Digital Arts Career and Technical Education 

Seven effective strategies for involving parents and students in digital arts CTE programs to foster a supportive ...
Connected Ink Recap: The PAR Lab’s innovative climate change animation project

Connected Ink Recap: The PAR Lab’s innovative climate change animation project

The Penn Animation as Research Lab combines science and art to communicate emerging research related to climate ...
Connected Ink: How the PAR Lab is using Wacom devices to create an innovative science communication project

Connected Ink: How the PAR Lab is using Wacom devices to create an innovative science communication project

The Penn Animation as Research Lab combines science and art to communicate emerging research related to climate ...
Behind the scenes of a 3D concept art career with KitBash3D designer Fabio Fernandes

Behind the scenes of a 3D concept art career with KitBash3D designer Fabio Fernandes

We spoke with Fabio Fernandes, 3D concept artist, about his career and work on KitBash3D's latest Kit, Construction Zone
Costume Concept Artist Oksana Nedavniaya on her career journey, inspirations, and her upcoming sessions at Lightbox 2023

Costume Concept Artist Oksana Nedavniaya on her career journey, inspirations, and her upcoming sessions at Lightbox 2023

Oksana Nedavniaya is a costume concept artist in the film and television industry. We spoke to her about her ...

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We chat with @adansilvart, illustrator and artist who has been working in branding & illustration projects for different brands. 🚀

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Today, we celebrate World Pencil Day 🎉

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At @parasolisland , where innovation is key to provide professional excellence as a high end studio, the Cintiq Pro family stands out for its design & ergonomic excellence. 🚀

The Cintiq Pro’s adjustable design optimizes workspace, offering a productive workspace where professional creatives can improve their workflow . 🌟
Invest in the best tools for your team. 

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