Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!

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Well, we can hardly believe it’s that time of year again already! It’s been another super-busy year and we have had the privilege of working with so many fantastic illustrators, animators and clients over the past 12 months. 2016 will see even more things happening, including a faster, swisher and generally more fabulous website, and we’ve also started planning the next Showcase 100 exhibition, which we’re very excited about!

We’ll still be working over the holidays to help with job enquiries, but may be a bit slower to respond on the following dates due to an excess of mince pies and Christmas cake:

24th, 25th & 26th December
31st & 1st January

Please note that any other non-urgent emails will be replied to as soon as possible over the holidays, but it may take a wee bit longer for us to answer than usual. Also, please be aware that news submitted over Christmas and the New Year period may not be published on the site until 2nd January.

We wish everyone an extremely Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

The wonderfully festive illustration at the top is by Kevin Myers – check out his portfolio for more of his amazing work!

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2015!

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It’s been a fantastic year at Hire an Illustrator and we would like to wish all our members a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We’d also like to say a big thank you to all of the clients who’ve worked with and hired our illustrators over the period; may 2015 be a fantastic year for you too.

We will be operating a reduced service from 23rd December until 3rd January. This is due to reindeer playing havoc with the air traffic control and a Tribble-style infestation of Christmas puddings. Hopefully the abundance of mulled wine should solve these festive issues without compounding any Jack Frost problems.

Enjoy the holidays and we’ll be back bigger and better with a few notable changes in 2015! Ho, ho, ho and Finlay the office mascot says woof!

A special thank you to the very lovely Elly Walton, who has kindly lent us the above image. You can see lots more of Elly’s gorgeous work in her portfolio. ๐Ÿ™‚

Making the most of your hai membership – posting news

So, you’ve joined hire an illustrator and now you want to know how to make it work for you…

Whether you’ve been a member of hai for a number of years or you only joined us yesterday, there are lots of ways to help get our service working even harder for you. To help you do this, we’re starting a series of short articles here on the blog to provide some practical tips for getting the most from our website and services!

Let’s start with the news.

All members can submit news posts to the site through the post submission form in the website admin area (you need to log in for this). You can tell us about your latest commissioned work or personal projects, an event or exhibition you’re taking part in, cool new stuff on your website – anything that relates to your work as an artist, illustrator, animator or designer.

Members’ news is displayed on the illustration news page and in the most recent news section on the home page, as well as the news archives which can be searched by keyword or date. Each day we choose a couple of items to feature as headlines on the home page and every week we choose pieces for the newsletter. Additionally, we repost hai news onto the Little Chimp Society and post about some of it on Facebook and Twitter.

Obviously, all of this means that you can benefit from quite a bit of additional exposure by posting about your news on hire an illustrator. Most importantly, if you add news regularly you will keep your work and name prominent on the website and in plain view of potential clients. It’s also good for clients to see that you are always producing new work and keeping active with what you do best!

Don’t forget, as well, that the news keyword search provides another way for clients to find you when they are after a more specific type of work or subject matter (e.g. ‘poster‘ or ‘music‘). Please also bare in mind that to get into the weekly newsletter, you need to submit news to the site!

We would encourage all members to submit news, even just occasionally, as it really does help you to maintain a strong, active presence on the website. And anyway, it’s always so amazing for us (and everyone else!) to see all that seriously cool new work!