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How to start your illustration career - Nate Williams

How to start your illustration career - Nate Williams
The career path of an illustrator isn’t very clear and that is probably why people often ask me how I got started as an illustrator and if there is any advice I can give them in regards to becoming a professional illustrator. I think having a successful illustration career comes down to the following: Unique Consistent Style, Technical Skills, Marketing, Tracking Work and Attitude. Hopefully, you will find something useful in this article. Unique Consistent Style I think having a unique consistent style is probably one of the most important keys to having a successful illustration career. Technical Skills It’s hard to execute a good idea if you don’t have the technical skills to do it. You can search for tutorial videos on Youtube and Vimeo , but in order to save you time I highly recommend’s video tutorial. Marketing your illustrations All your marketing efforts should point back to your web site. What makes a “GOOD WEB SITE“? Marketing Attitude Informational Tracking the Work Final

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Kickstart Guide to Breaking into Freelance Illustration A career in Freelance Illustration is much more than drawing pretty pictures. As much as you’d like to spend the entire day sitting in front of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, you’ll also need to learn about selling yourself, keeping your portfolio fresh and, all the admin work we love to hate. It's this work we love to hate that will define your success as an illustrator. 10 lessons every freelancer should learn There are many reasons why people choose to ditch a full-time job to go freelance. The opportunity to be your own boss, for example, and a desire to work on a variety of different projects. Then there's the flexibility of working whenever and wherever you want (although it's both a blessing and a curse).

Emily Forgot - Emily Forgot - How To Make It: 10 Rules For Success From Freelance Illustrators Emily Forgot Illustrator, Graphic Artist Has Illustrated For: Herman Miller, Adidas, Orange, MTV, Paul Smith, The Creative Review, Selfridges & Co, Harrods, The W hotel, Bang & Olufsen, Swarovski, Polo Film Festival, The BBC, Portabello books, Hodder and Stoughton, Faber & Faber, The Guardian, The Times, and others Penguin Design Award - Home Adult Fiction Cover Award Title brief: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award Title brief: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner "Entering Illustration" - A classic Bearskinrug Article. Wednesday, April 09, 2008 Advice from A Journeyman For a while now, I've fielded emails from folks looking to enter illustration as a career. And for that same while, I've been replying with an almost uniform compendium of tips, thinking to myself it'd probably more efficient to just write a post instead of having to type the same answers over and over. But I always held back, the chief reason for it being that I never really felt qualified enough to give such advice in as public a forum as this site. These days, I still don't feel super-qualified, but I have made a great deal of progress since those first anxious months of 2004.

The 10 best places to download stock art online As a designer, you’ll often have a great concept for a project, but the cost of commissioning the illustrator will be beyond your or your client's budget. The idea of using stock art might seem off-putting, because there’s always a sense of diluting your creativity by using work not created specifically for the brief. But the good news is, these days online stock art sites are no longer limited to a handful of tired clichés, but a huge and eclectic variety of illustrations in various styles and sizes, by thousands of talented illustrators. There are many stock art sites out there, from larger companies where illustrations is only part of their offering, to smaller sites focusing purely on illustrators - anything from a tiny handful to a more extensive roster. Below is a list of some of the best and most popular sites for you to check out.

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