Freelance Diaries

7 essential books for illustrators

08/01/2018
Best illustration books

Muddling through a swamp of recommended books in online shops can be a hassle. If you’re looking for the best books for illustrators, then my list might come in handy. This is a selection of the dozens of books I own on illustration, business and graphic design. I buy a lot of books and some are great and some are absolutely not worth buying. I have carefully selected seven essential books so that you don’t have to buy shitty books and get on track right away!

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Things I have learned this year

It might be hard to believe but the end of 2017 is in sight. It’s been a year where I’ve learned a lot and I would love to share my own little life lessons with you. It’s very personal so take from it whatever…

23/12/2017
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DIY: make your own nativity set

This is a DIY nativity set. Get crafty and create your own Christmas crib, or get crafty with your kids. You’ll receive 2 A4 pages per download, which you can print on your home printer. After that, cut out the figures and glue them…

06/12/2017
Motivation

How to be (more) successful

What do you think of when you think of a successful person? What does success mean to you? In this blog post I will share my personal thoughts about success.…

17/08/2017
tips for doing freelance administration
Freelance Diaries

Tips on doing admin (for freelancers)

If you’re a professional illustrator or designer, or have read one of my other posts, you know this: it’s not all just drawing and cutting and glueing. On average I spend 60-70% of my time on anything but illustrating. One of the tasks is…

18/07/2017
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How to handle criticism

We’ve all come across it one time or another: criticism. When it’s positive we can handle it fine, but when it’s negative we don’t always know how to deal with it. When I got negative comments on my work a few times in a…

23/05/2017
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An exhibition from the heart

It’s been over four years already since I made a big change in my life. I am writing this because I have been making cut-out illustrations this past week and after posting it on Instagram, a friend commented with reminding me that I did…

21/03/2017
instant success as an illustrator
Freelance Diaries

Pills for instant success

This morning you woke up and you decided you want to be [insert dream-job]. Well, go to the shop and buy some instant-skill-pills and let’s get going! Order your new career and skills before 11 PM and get them delivered tomorrow. Uhm, right?!…

14/02/2017