So many illustrators often fill their blog with waffles about what they did during the day (went down to the post office, had a coffee) as well as starting off their post with “Sorry it’s been so long, but I’ve been busy”
Toss all of that out your window and think, what is it you would want to read about.
As a creative, as an illustrator, what are things that draw you? Do you want other illustrators to read your work? What audience are you attracting?
You might have remembered that last year I was planning on launching a course around using social media for illustrators and creatives. I created notes, worksheets and even a few hours worth of video. But then I discovered that while online courses try have the best interests for everyone, the people using them are incredible sly. They purposely give bad reviews to courses and then good reviews to their own, in a bid for the top slots. They employ others to spend their days creating accounts and just ruining it for everyone. So I decided against it. I deleted my videos and worksheets and moved on.
For months I sat, doing other projects, working on other things, when I came across my notes. I looked at them. Over 40 pages of information, already typed up and ready to go.
That’s when I thought – why don’t I just convert this into an eBook?
Before you rush to social media, or create business cards, you first need a home base. Somewhere to channel everyone to go to and see your work. I’m not going to go into too much details about websites and designs, but I do want to just raise a few points for you to keep in your mind while you go through this process. Read more
As most illustrators, I am always on the look out for books that will show me something new and thought it would be a good idea to share my findings and my top books. Please feel free to make your own suggestions and share in the comments.
I have just discovered this world of movie books. Why aren’t more people talking about this in the illustrating industry? After stumbling a blog post on a review of another “art of <insert any amazing animation movie>” I quickly started searching to see what was out there. You know what I found? A lot. My wishlist on Readers Warehouse just skyrocket back up to 22 (only because they don’t stock the others books… and there are a lot).
Out of the top movies I really enjoyed the style, The Croods were listed as one of the best Art Books to invest in. There is art on every page of this book – and it is colourful, detailed and the compositions are amazing. I really learnt a lot from this book in terms of style and inspiration. There are also several pages that ‘flap out’ to reveal 4 page spreads of beauty.
As some of you know, I really enjoy the animal/creature side of things, and this book had some great mash-ups and styles. The movie had a few amount as well, but this book has everything that they couldn’t fit in the movie, including a zebra elephant, a Dodo rat, Quail frog and ostrich turtle. Who comes up with this stuff? Read more
For those of you who receive my newsletter, or follow me on social media, you might know that I am in the process of putting together an online course on Social Media & Marketing for Illustrators. The course won’t be a ‘how to create a profile on Facebook’ but more about how to tailor social media marketing for illustrators, get inspired for campaigns, and ideas on getting noticed.
I’ve finished putting together the first draft on paper but now have to translate that for video. I thought I would incorporate a character throughout the series. I have drawn up a few animals to play around with. Depending on the topic of the module, I thought I would use the character in a quick illustration.