Breaking Into Freelance Illustration:
the guide for artists, designers and illustrators.
“How does the world benefit from an illustrator’s work? We make things look good. Great illustration gets attention. Unique and original work can make business cards and book covers come to life. Good illustration moves the message along. Images in children’s books open up imaginative possibilities for young minds, like in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Illustration explains ideas that are sometimes hard to describe in text—like in instruction manuals. Images can illustrate possibilities, such as concepts for cars and fashion. The uses for illustration are endless. What makes a good illustrator? Illustrators need to be able to balance talent, business, marketing, promotion, quality and service, all rolled up together. Your personality, dedication and style say a lot to your clients and your creative community. You are essentially creating something that begins as an idea’s blank slate. From there, you put your art to work. Your audience needs to quickly understand what you are communicating. Remember that illustration is the oldest and most versatile form of communication—there are more than a few cave walls to back that statement up. Illustration is limited only by your imagination.”
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What’s Going On at the Time Tonight?
“As illustrators, we are designed to seek and make sense of the world through narratives and pictures. It starts when we are kids and if we keep paying attention, it continues to adulthood. Because freelance does not come with instructions, I wrote a handy dandy book called Breaking Into Freelance Illustration: the guide for artists, designers and illustrators published by How Books. I have continued this business writing on my blogs where I share ideas and notes about illustration.”
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Port City Champ
The story, designed for children 5-8, chronicles the adventures of an inquisitive harbour seal as he talks to people and animals living in, working at, or visiting the port city. It was originally read aloud to Summer Reading Club participants at libraries in the Fundy region (St. Stephen to Sussex).