Licensing is the cornerstone of the creative industry. It allows copyright or IP owners to tap into the exponential value of their artistic property – be it music, artwork, film or literature – and exploit it for all its worth.
Being a freelancer and a member of the arts community makes you potentially an easy target for scams. You’re reliant on strangers to make a living and pay your bills. Plus, scammers will prey on an illustrator’s ever lingering want for success and recognition. It’s almost a perfect storm and creates easy pickings for a scammer.
What I want to talk about today is an illustrator’s style, the aspect of their work that tells you who created it – to put it another way, their visual signature.
A common question I get is, how does an illustrator find work online? Well, there are numerous ways to connect with clients, but I tend to see illustrators forgetting that they’re running a business and not just feeding a hobby.
Every time you create a new, original piece of illustration or artwork, you automatically own the copyright. It’s that simple. You don’t need to apply for it; it’s yours.
The advice offered in these posts is primarily for those looking to participate in conventions or take their in-person offerings to the next level. But we found as we worked our way through Gavin’s articles that most of the information can be applied across the board.
Back in February of 2019, Justin Donaldson wrote an interesting article called “How to Find Work Online as an illustrator” for the now defunct One Fantastic Week (1FW).
When you’re first starting out on your path to becoming a professional illustrator, when projects are thin on the ground, or your business is struggling, it’s easy to just take whatever you’re offered…
We are proud and super-excited to present the State of Illustration ’19 report! After many hours of number crunching and countless cups of coffee to keep us going, it’s finally been released into the wild.