Are you a writer? An author? A person who forms ideas into words? You might need a creative companion. Someone who forms your literary ideas into something… visual.
You need an artist. But not just any artist. You need someone who is competent, who knows their value, and knows that the possibility of teaming up with you will benefit you and them. You also need an artist who can use your hard-earned money and ensure you seeking out their talent was the best decision you ever made.
You need a hireable artist.
“I hate my art”.
“This is ugly”.
“I need to rush to get this done”.
Hold on there, tiger!
Artists on a deadline do have to churn out things in a remarkable amount of time, but when that becomes something that needs be done day in and day out, the joy of creating gets sucked out of you, and your project.
Here’s three words to get your groove back.
When it comes to sharing value, I thought it would be easy to type everything I know about illustration down and share it in a blog post format. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong, but I never thought leveraging video would be easier.
As an illustrator, I’ve been stuck in a rut for a while. My full time job had been taking a lot out of me, and I didn’t have much of a chance to get out. But when I did go out, I felt refreshed, renewed, and I’d kick myself in the butt on why I didn’t get out to begin with.
Thus, my recent escapades.
As a creative, as much as I hate to say it, I’m a pretty sensitive person. Doing something artistic leaves me vulnerable, heart splayed on my sleeve as others judge me and my work. That can be scary. For others, downright terrifying. But you know what scares me the most?
Blogging. Everyone’s doing it nowadays. Digital Marketers, Companies, and especially thought leaders in their specific profession. With all the countless blog posts and content that I’ve come across, it seems the group that blogs the least are the illustrators. Why is that?
Maybe illustrators don’t have the time to blog.
Maybe illustrators feel like their art should speak for themselves.
Maybe illustrators don’t have anything to say.
Regardless of those excuses, there are plenty of reasons for an illustrator to blog, and I have three for you.
I’ve been taking commissions and turning my client’s ideas into reality for about 8 years, and I’ve learned a lot. Last week I talked about my biggest mistake when taking art commissions. But with that experience, these 5 things are what I learned to be a better illustrator and a better business owner.
I love being able to say my years of experience drawing for money has been nothing but smooth sailing. But, that’s.. not exactly the case. I had a couple of rough patches with my experience with commissions.
A lot of watercolor pieces I’ve seen are light, airy, and beautifully crafted. Most of the time, with slight transitions of pigment diluted with water. My approach is slightly different.
Here’s one simple way to get that POP you might be looking for.