All posts tagged: illustration

18 Top Illustrators Tell Us Their Biggest Ideas on How to be Successful

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Creatives / Freelancing / Idea Generation / Interviews / Personal Development

Looking to those who have successfully found their way to where we are currently trying to navigate can provide an invaluable guide to avoiding the steep drops and dead ends that often come up to blindside us. There is never one singular route or clearly-etched map to carving out a fulfilling career as a successful creative professional. With every additional artist you approach, words of wisdom become more complex, nuanced, and unexpected. By putting together a series […]

Tokyo-Based 3D Illustrator Ryogo Toyoda on the Importance of Being Different

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Brand You / Creatives / Featured

Japanese designer, Ryogo Toyoda creates visually electric 3D illustrations in bright, pop colours that illuminate the screen. It's a striking, vivid aesthetic he was able to develop after making the decision to step away from the other areas of design in which he had been working to make the kind of vibrant imagery he had always wanted. Read More

What Three People Thought of Alex’s ‘Get Illustration Clients’ Course and Coaching

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Behind Scenes / Business / Clients

It's been a few months since I launched my 'How to Get Illustration Clients' course after working with various 'guinea pig' clients, not to mention learning from my own experiences as an illustrator over the last nine years. I got in touch with some of those who have worked with my strategies from the course so that you could get a sense of whether what I taught them, either through the online course or coaching, […]

How to Get Illustration Clients Course for Illustrators Launches

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Brand You / Business / Networking / Promotion / Selling

9 years in the making, I finally bring to you 'How to Get Illustration Clients'. This course comes in response to my own frustrations and failures, as well as the feedback I get from all of you regularly about struggling to bring in client work consistently, and even knowing where to start. The course does exactly what it says on the box. Build your business and work on projects you care about this year if you're […]

11 Ways I’ve Made Money in the Last 8 Years, From Illustrator to Consultant

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Business / Money

Editor's note: This article refers to earnings that accrued 8 years prior to the date the post was written. You’ll hear me talk a lot about the importance of earning money and driving revenue as a priority over all else. Too many of us scoot around the importance of a strong, humming cash flow, instead placing more emphasis on things like pursuing passion; dreams, and ‘doing what you love’. These are all important, but you will […]

Red Lemon Club Interviews Illustrator Dan Matutina

Creativity / Interviews / Motivation / Remarkability

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. Since then, I’ve worked with Dan on several of my own projects, made good friends, and even chatted over coffee and Char Siu pork with him in Hong Kong. Read More

Slurping Noodles, 15 Earthquakes and Drawing Pictures: My 9 Months as a Freelance Illustrator in Tokyo

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Freelancing / Travel

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... It was a fresh, drizzly January evening in East London when I made the decision to return to Japan for a longer stint as soon as I […]

8 Key Tips for Contributing to and Earning from Stock Sites

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Brand You / Money / Resources

Yes, those of you strongly against the concepts of 'crowdsourcing' and stout defenders of the rights of creative professionals may cringe at the idea of a post advocating the contribution of imagery to stock sites. Sure, having huge numbers of cut price artworks available royalty-free to download sounds like it's undermining the hard-work of professionals as well as the value of the work they produce. I personally believe people are missing the point when it […]

Your Online Portfolio: The Rights and Wrongs

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Brand You / General / Improve Online Efficiency / Resources / Writing / Your Website

This post stems from a tweet I picked up by illustration wallpaper site Poolga's JC, an online friend and art-director based in Barcelona. He mentioned how difficult it could be to appreciate the work of some creatives owing to the poor design and treatment of their online portfolios. Coming from someone who spends much of his time trawling through portfolios and hiring artists, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to look deeper into this issue […]