Should you accept the job?
Are you ready for your first illustration project? Can you complete it in time? Do you have the skills you need? Before you accept a new illustration project, here are some things to think about
The faster you can become a professional illustrator the better. I'm going to tell you what you need to be spending your time on to become a professional, faster. More importantly, I'll tell you what you shouldn't be spending your time on.
This video is a list of my favourite qualities in the best professional illustrators I know.
In this video, we are talking about illustration licences. Illustrators license their work to clients for specific purposes. The great thing about licensing? You can keep making money from the same illustration indefinitely! This video is a great place to start to learn the basics of illustration licensing.
Who owns the copyright to your illustrations? Some clients will think they automatically own the copyright to your illustration work after they pay you. Especially with independent or inexperienced clients, it is very important for you to explain how our industry works.
Whether or not illustrators should work for free is a consistently hot topic. It's a vicious cycle. Clients will always ask you to work for free, and there will always be some illustrators that will work for free. There's no easy answer, the best you can do is to try to sort out the genuinely good opportunities from situations where a client is taking advantage of you.
What does an illustration agent actually do? What are the benefits of working with an agent? In this video, we'll discuss what an agent can do for your illustration career, and also what they can't do.
How do you find illustration clients? There are plenty of obvious clients that use illustration, but if they are obvious to you, they are obvious to everybody else. In this video, I'm going to show you what I would do if I was searching for new clients. If you do this, you will have an almost endless list of potential new illustration clients to contact.