Are you a student or aspiring illustrator? Would you like to pick my brain about the illustration industry, or about the process, or any other question? There have been so many very helpful mentors in my life, and I have always made a point of paying forward their generosity. I believe that no artist is ever above helping others navigate the wild west of the creative industry. That being said, most of the questions I get are similar and could be answered by simply referring to past conversations and interviews.
So here is my challenge to you, aspiring illustrators: before writing to ask me to spend time answering your questions, see if you can find them answered somewhere in the resources listed below. I have listed them according to what kind of information you might find, so hopefully that helps you choose where to start. If after reading these you still have questions, I'm all ears!
Learn about how I got into illustration, what inspires me, and how I think about things as a commercial artist.
Interview on HeyThere.ca (blog)
Interview on Ballpitmag (blog)
Interview on The Meaning Movement (podcast)
I've written a lot about my experiences and best practices as an illustrator. Here are a few articles that answer some of the more common questions.
10 Things You Can Do to Launch Your Illustration Career
(Congratulations on achieving Step 2!)
At the moment, I am unable to review portfolios or give feedback on your illustrations. There's more to a proper review than telling you what I think of your work. In order to properly evaluate it, I need to know how it sits in your overall journey. What is amazing for an aspiring illustrator may be quite unimpressive for someone further along. Because of this, it takes proper time and attention to give meaningful feedback. I may offer paid portfolio reviews and one-on-one consultations in the future, but for now, I do not.
There is one loop-hole to this, however — see next paragraph!
If you're really, really interested in learning about my process and techniques, my growing collection of Skillshare classes just might be what you're looking for. Head over to my Teaching page to learn more. And here's a dirty little secret: I prioritize my students on Skillshare where it comes to directly answering questions — and I give feedback on every project my students post!
For the sake of your souls, please remember to thank the professionals who take the time to answer your questions! A quick note of thanks after a response is all it takes to stay in my good books. Talent and tenacity get you only so far in this industry. Relationships will take you the rest of the way — and showing gratitude for for those who help will ensure those relationships grow.
Email is best! Please direct your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.