PK 169: Witches, Demons, and Art. Inside the Creative Mind of Occult and Fantasy Artist, Jim Pavelec.

PK 169: Witches, Demons, and Art. Inside the Creative Mind of Occult and Fantasy Artist, Jim Pavelec. 2 pk 169 witches demons and art pencil kings podcast

Witches, demons, and art have always been strongly linked. If you look back through art history, you’ll find countless artists such as William Blake who have been inspired by the writings of Aleister Crowley and themes such as Ars Goetia…

And now, in the 21st Century, occult and fantasy artist, Jim Pavelec, is bringing these darkly wonderful themes to new audiences with his powerful paintings and prints.

But what does it take to make an impact in the art world today? Should you be making the art you truly want to make…or making the art you think might sell?

And, how can you as an artist learn to treat your creativity as a business without feeling too much like a salesperson?

In this week’s podcast interview, Jim Pavelec talks about making the break from a busy (but financially unstable) freelance fantasy artist career to building a huge new audience for his occult art.

You’ll hear a lot of common sense advice, some home truths, and a refreshing insight into the reality of carving out a career as an artist in this busy age of social media, art conventions, and establishing an online presence…

Witches, Demons, and Art – Jim Pavelec’s Story


“Make sure it’s something you really, really have a passion for…not just a thing that you think is gonna make money.” ~ Jim Pavelec.

Key Takeaways From This Interview:

  • Why Jim decided to leave his career as a freelance fantasy artist and focus on making the art he felt truly passionate about
  • How Jim got over the problem of selling his art in public
  • How to balance your lifestyle with making art
  • Why investing in your art career can pay dividends in the long run
  • How to grow your social media following…without burning out
  • Why the ‘follow your dreams’ rhetoric will only get you so far
  • How to find the thing you love doing most…and keep doing it

We hope this week’s interview with Jim Pavelec inspires you to take the next step with your art career. Whether you’re interested in witches, demons, and art, or have a passion for something else entirely, there’s lots of great advice in this podcast to help you move forwards.

What are your own experiences of selling your art? Good or bad, we’d love to hear them, so feel free to leave us a comment below!

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