Once upon a time, there was an artist named Lauralien (Laura + Alien). She was generally happy to create 2D digital artwork, and the process of molding teeny tiny pixels into colorful depictions of alien landscapes, imaginary creatures, and other strange things brought her peace. It scratched that undying creative itch. Sometimes, when the resulting art was worthy enough, she shared them online.
Then one day, she made the mistake of buying a 3D printer, and now she can’t stop printing things. She made herself a rule: If she wanted to 3D print something, she would have to design it herself from scratch.
She sells her prints online, in an effort to avoid filling up her house with all the things.
Lauralien has been drawing her whole life. She spent two years in college studying fine art, but didn’t really know what kind of career she wanted. Everyone else knew: She should make art for video games, but once she learned the definition of the term “crunch”, she decided that she was fine with just playing video games instead of making them.
So she collects a humble salary for her mediocre Web Design + Development skills. In her spare time, she does worldbuilding: Inventing fictional lands, species, and cultures, and illustrating the results of that process.
Her ideal version of herself would find a way to turn her worldbuilding endeavors into a livable income. In a more realistic scenario, she would enjoy spending no more than 40 fairly-compensated hours a week as a Fantasy Concept Artist.