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How to become an illustrator, without experience?

Illustrator/visual artist/designer/author Marloes De Vries answers questions about illustration, being an artist or creative life in general. → Ask a question here.

Dear Ms De Vries,

I recently made a decision to leave a career in policy research to follow my dream of becoming a visual storyteller. I love using words and sketches to tell stories, and want to find a way to channel this into a career as a creative artist and illustrator. I am excited about this new adventure but at the same time, I feel slightly nervous and worried, for I am still very much a “rookie” at art. I’m scared that I will not succeed in achieving my dream as I have not much experience nor a creative background. Please could you share some tips and advice on how to get started and hone my skills?

Kind regards,

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