I recently got an assignment to illustrate a small educational reader. One of the illustrations contained all of the following objects: a bicycle, a house, a car, and a horse.
I’m sure I let out an audible groan.
The thing is, I hate drawing every single one of those objects. Do I have something against them? No…but the thought of drawing them multiple times in various perspectives gives me a headache (and if you’re not a fan of perspective, a bicycle can be your worst nightmare, believe me!). I enjoy drawing little cuddly animals and cute kids. Most everything else, I can do without.
Every artist will come across this problem, and probably quite frequently. If you are a working illustrator, you can’t just push it aside.
Earlier this week, I talked about some ways that artists should be using the internet. If you’ve already taken that first step and created your own website for your portfolio, take a moment to consider some of these notes. Your website might be driving me up a wall.
Are you taking full advantage of the opportunities the internet offers you? The art and illustration industry is quickly becoming a part of the digital world. If you are starting out in this business, you simply have to know your way around the net. Here’s a list of five tasks you must keep in mind while you are surfing the web.
Even if one never picks up a tablet or draws one stroke on the computer, a commercial artist will still need to know how to turn paint into pixels. In an industry that is becoming increasingly dependent on e-mail and websites, learning how to digitize artwork can be a great asset for an illustrator.
So, to start things off, here’s a few things to consider when you go to buy your new scanner. Don’t be confused by all numbers and the features. Just keep a few things in mind, and you will end up with the right tool for the job.
Don’t know what to do with your extra time? There are plenty of odd jobs and tasks that an illustrator can do in between assignments. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a long list of projects, ideas, and necessary chores to help make your free time more productive.
Every artist faces criticism. In art school, it’s from teachers and classmates. As a professional, it comes from art directors. We illustrators, artists, and designers all have to learn how to face a critique in a polite and professional manner. The success of our careers depends on it. So with this article, I would like you all to take a moment and consider what kind of person you are when your art is being judged.
So why watch American Idol? People face criticism on this show every week in the form of Randy, Paula, and Simon. The contestants react to their judgment in a variety of ways, and this greatly affects who wins the heart of the American people. What kind of contestant would you be? Would you make it the next round?
Is your desktop scattered with Photoshop files, scanned sketches, and email messages?
Have you ever searched your computer for several minutes trying to find a certain drawing you did last week?
Do you want an easy way to keep your work readily accessible for you to use on your mailers, fliers, and postcards?
Every illustrator should keep his work area tidy. This applies to the digital desktop also. In the following article, I’ll outline some of the methods I use to keep my files organized on my own computer. I’m not saying that my way is the best or only way, but hopefully I will get you thinking about your own system. It can be a great way to get you working more efficiently so you have more time to meet those deadlines.