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!
New in March 2018, I've started building up a collection of AMA videos on YouTube, where I answer your questions in video format. I'm very excited about this! I'm aiming to post one new episode each Monday.
Please be sure to like the videos if you get something from them, and be sure to subscribe to my channel to be the first to know when I post new content. And most importantly, if you're asking questions this is, for now, the most likely place you'll get it answered.
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!
Email is best! Please direct your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.