Illustration is a business not a hobby, so lets get down to it.

Ink on Paper, Resources, watercolour, Work in Progress

I ordered some books online last Friday and I was happy to find yesterday that they had arrived.  I’ve decided that school no longer works for me, I’ve spent my 4+ years and way too much money on a questionable education.  Becoming a freelance illustrator is complicated and personal and each illustrator that I’ve spoken to or read about has a different path that they have taken.  So right now doing the research on my own and having books and the internet as a reference seems like the right way to go.

I’ve been having a lot of feedback on my work recently and although some of it was constructive, all of it has helped me in a positive way.  I’m feeling more encouraged and confident with my abilities, for the fist time in a long while I really feel like I can be successful as an illustrator.

The books I just got are, Writing with Pictures by Uri Shulvitz, The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook:  Pricing & Ethical Guidlines, and Breaking into Freelance Illustration the guide for artists, designers and illustrators by Holly DeWolf.

The last one I’ve found the most inspiring it is a practical guide to the business side of being a freelance illustrator.  It talks about the realities of working from home, promoting your work online, managing your time effectively and so much more.  This is what I was looking for, someone who has been in the industry and knows what it is like, and is willing to share that information.

Oh and I’ve been working my butt off finishing off the last few pieces for my portfolio, creating postcards and samples to mail out to publishers and building my portfolio site.  I’m a little busy, and I’d love to be able to leave my job at the coffee shop but unless I get ‘discovered’ tomorrow I’m just going to keep on balancing it all.

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3 thoughts on “Illustration is a business not a hobby, so lets get down to it.

  1. Boy does that sound familiar! I sort of gave up after I got done with school (about 12 years ago, now) but over the last couple years I’ve kind of got the bug again. That last book sounds like something I should check out. 🙂 I wish you all the luck – you have fabulous talent!

  2. Thanks Tera, I find I’ve learned more this year on my own then in the four years I spent at school. The book by Holly Dewolf is great, I’m half way through it and I really like how honest and relevant it is.

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