As a creative freelancer you might feel a bit alone at times. For me it works really well to listen to other creatives!
I don’t listen to anything while I do thinking work but when I’m doing line work or colouring, I love to listen to a good podcast. Occasionally I get the question what podcasts I recommend so I have compiled a list with my own personal favourites. It’s mainly focused on illustrations, just so you know 😉 I hope you like them too!
There are illustrators that faithfully stick to one medium almost their entire careers. I’m not one of them.
I love experimenting, trying out new material, different pencils, digital techniques. Trying new materials will bring my skills to a new level. For some years now I saw mostly American illustrators using a weird kind of gouache: Acryla Gouache by Holbein. They were not available in Europe, but this year the paints were finally for sale in my country!
Although I have been a freelancer for many years (started in 2004, full time freelancer since 2010) this was a year of firsts. By the end of 2016 I wrote down some wishes for 2017, one of them being ‘illustrating a magazine cover’ and ‘illustrating a children’s book’. Both came true! I had so many nice projects in 2017 so it was hard to make a decision. But here we go: my favourite illustration projects of 2017!
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 suits you, and if it’s not for you that’s fine too of course.
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 something similar for my exhibition early 2013… (meer…)
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.
Being an illustrator is a hot job: everybody wants to be an illustrator these days. It sounds romantic, iddylic almost. Drawing and painting all day every day. And when you got the skills to create a beautiful drawing, why not make this your full-time job, right?
But where to begin? And is it the most romantic job ever? For those who are ready to dive into the world of professional illustration, I wrote this blog. Please know that this blog is written based on my own experiences and the experiences of illustrator-friends. It also includes advice of other professional illustrators.
Ready? Let’s go!