As people in the creative industries, one of the most vital parts of what we do is the product or service we provide.
In the summer of 2012, I was hired on a freelance-basis to work with Google in their Mountain View HQ (now remotely) as an illustrator.
I’m self-taught and have no qualifications in art or design. A lot of people have asked me how I did it.
I recently asked one of my favourite comic artists, Grant Snider of ‘Incidental Comics‘, to create a comic for Red Lemon Club. A lot of his work looks at creativity and creative people, so I felt it a must to bring his perspective to RLC. I was pleased when he happily obliged.
You work hard at creating pieces of art, design, writing, music, song and dance. But do people truly like what you do? If you want to do well, earn and survive in this industry, it’s quite important that at least a few people do.
I first came across Philippines-based illustrator and designer Dan Matutina’s distinct work many years ago. His hard-edged, original and absorbing creations drew me in, and I featured his earlier stuff on my other site Ape on the Moon.
As people of planet Earth who share an absolute necessity to relate and connect with one another, we see ourselves at an interesting checkpoint in our history. We are, as a whole, less at ease socially than ever before, even with the connective power of the Internet and the relatively advanced state of society in general.
In the middle of March 2012 I headed out solo to live in Tokyo for 9 months for no other real reason than adventure. Having now returned, I wanted to share my story and some of the things I learnt as an independent freelancer when I was there…
Thank you so much to everyone who put in the time to write a review for the new book. Congratulations to Lisa Ahlstedt from Knoxville, USA for her review of Promo 3.0. Your free brand new Kindle Paperwhite device will make its way to you shortly!
As creative people, unless we are producing things for no financial reward, and especially those of us who work on an independent basis, attracting and winning clients and customers is effectively the most important aspect of the package of work we do (beyond the creative work itself).
There is no doubt that a large chunk of what determines the fortune of a person is rooted in the little things that we as people do every single day. As such, the power that lies in a habit, good or bad, cannot be overlooked as we all find a means to get ahead in this busy world.
Good news. I finished another book! I’m pretty excited about this one, with it being my mission to get this in front of as many people as possible, with your help.
This is a fairly bold statement, though it has not been made without some thought on my part. I honestly think these two concepts, if addressed, can lead to a big reduction, if not complete obliteration, of various or most problems at all levels, personal up to international.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the survey (all 313 of you in just under a month!) and spared their time in helping me make Red Lemon Club the best resource for awesome creative people that it can be. Your responses are hugely useful, and I will use them for a long time to come.
Being makers of things, one of our most important assets is our ‘creative productivity’. In this case, our ability to actually create new things through doing; through taking action, not just thinking about it.