It is not going to be easy to earn a living as an artist and I am trying to figure out if I am going to be able to do it. I am going to be getting out of high school in a few months and of course I am thinking about going to a trade school to take graphic design courses and art classes. Right now I realize that I am shy of the skills that I need to earn money in the field. It is not so difficult for you to sit around and doodle, but that is not what you get paid for. Probably a good number of people can earn some money as artists of the sort that you read about in books, Picasso, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. However you are going to have to suffer a long time before you can see your work hanging on the wall of the Louvre. It is not going to be a way to make a living, beyond what you could earn selling your own work on the street.
The way to earn a living involves learning how to use computers really and how to help people make their web pages look pleasing to the human eye. It is not the sort of thing that you dream about, but it is a way to earn a living and still get to be involved in making art. The trick is going to be turning it into a way to be happy so far as I am concerned. I could do all sorts of other stuff if this was not a big consideration. I want to be able to say that I am doing something that I want to be doing. If you can not do that, then you may as go and count beans.