Stock photography was what I started with..... no matter where I went, I had a camera in my bag, just in case there was something interesting enough for stock. However, not being a professional photographer had it's downside.... lots of photo processing. Almost every night, I would scrutinise my photos, looking for "noise" or purple streaks. More time would be spent on correcting the lighting or colour or cropping out an object from the messy background. I started to feel that this was not going to work. Thus, a change in direction.
I moved on to creating my own graphics and cartoons. Discovering Inkscape was the best thing for me -- it was an open source vector drawing software, totally FREE! Step by step, day by day, I slowly learnt the ropes..... of drawing, of Inkscape..... I was hooked. From cringe-worthy products like this:
my only piece created from a photo below. 6 solid hours over 3 nights with my fingers curled over the mouse and eyes glued to the monitor. It was well worth the effort I think =) What do you think?