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How to be an illustrator

on March 10, 2014

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I’ve enjoyed reading the book, How to be an Illustrator, by Darrel Rees (2014). I was particularly tickled by the multiple references in the early chapters about how confusing things are while you are still in education, particularly with contradictory advice from tutors. It seems to be a universal problem with education, however the book advises growing a thick skin, as throughout your career some people will like your work and some will not.

I’m not sure if I want to be an illustrator, I’m certainly not very motivated to draw much, but I am drawn to the idea of the use of illustration to aid understanding or to communicate ideas in a more universal way. The book was really good in describing keep tips for university, through to getting your first job, to managing a freelance career.

Key bits were:

  • online portfolio is essential, and more experienced illustrators have…

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