This is my full-time job! I’m very fortunate to be able to have it as my main thing, but it is hard and inconsistent, which is part of why I am spreading myself thin over several things at once most of the time. Thank you for liking what I do!!
I always struggle with Advice questions, because the audience I have that allows me to be self-sufficient mostly came to my work in a very different internet. Things are different and always changing, but: make as much work as you can, make the work that is uniquely important to you, and keep abreast of wherever internet culture is at the given moment re:spreading the work around. Don’t think of yourself as owed anything, don’t compare yourself to other people, just make your stuff and make it easy to find. Also for illustrators in particular, I still think webcomics are very important as a platform to publicly develop a voice and get people invested in what you’re doing, even if comics aren’t necessarily your end goal.
that’s what i got for ya