Santa, Snowmen & Reindeer, it must be the Christmas Mail Packs!

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The order of members’ (mostly) seasonal postcards for the final mail packs of this year have just arrived from the printer! We’ve also had some nice Christmassy ones sent to us directly from members, so the mail packs will be full of festive cheer.

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We’ll be busy getting everything organised and posting out the sample cards to the illustrators today, then we’re ready to start putting the mail packs together next week. Once these have been sent out to clients, we’ll be holding back on sending any more mail packs until around mid-January to give everyone time to get back into the swing of work again.

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It’s twenty days until Christmas and we hope everyone’s looking forward to it. We know we are!

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Illustrators’ skills and such…

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Due to a simple change on the site (we changed the “Art Buyer” link to “Submit a Job”), we now have even more clients asking us to help them find an illustrator for their projects. To help us find the right people for each job even more efficiently, we’ve introduced a new section for our members to let us know about some of the many illustration-related skills they have. So for example, if a client needs someone who can do live drawing for a conference, convert an image into vectors, or use specific software, we’ll now be able to recommend members faster. This new information will be a big help to us in connecting the right illustrators with clients and overall improving the quality of our recommendations. Please note that the skills section is not currently viewable on our members’ portfolio pages. You can get in touch with us using the Submit a Job page.

We also thought it was time to introduce a few new portfolio categories and separate out a couple of the areas that were getting a bit big for their boots. For example, the children’s and young adult category has now been divided into two sections. You can see our updated categories on our advanced search.

Hopefully these changes will make it even easier for clients to use hire an illustrator to find the right illustrator for the job!

Art PACT

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We’re super-pleased to announce that we’ve entered into a pact with Art PACT! hire an illustrator members are eligible for a $10 discount off PACT membership, while members of PACT can get 10% off an annual membership when they join us!

But what is Art PACT, I hear you cry? Well, if you don’t already know, Art PACT is a fabulous resource for illustrators – think interesting articles, reviews of clients, sample contracts, advice and good old fashioned encouragement to succeed in the wonderful world of illustration. We heartily encourage you to go and take a look: http://www.artpact.com/

Showcase 100 has a website!

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We’re excited to announce that the LCS Showcase 100 project in partnership with hai now has it’s very own website! You can learn more about the project and exhibition, find out how you can get involved, and see some of the entries we’ve received so far at http://sc100.co.uk/

Once the judges have made their final decisions we’ll be adding the selected artists and artwork to the site, and of course, we’ll be making updates with more details about the show and book nearer the time.

Postcards!

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We had a fairly big postcard order to send to the printer’s after New Year and now they’ve arrived πŸ™‚ A sample card is winging its way to each of the artists right now and the rest will be going out with our regular mail packs over the coming weeks.

From top left…
Anna Bours, Jim Steck, Kathryn Siveyer
Ashley Percival, Leon Mussche, Sawsan Chalabi
Gant Powell, Kotryna Zukauskaite, Edward Nau, Allyson Haller
Sarah Underwood, Tim Kirby, Nicola Robinson

Return of the Pardo!

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Although we would have loved to keep Tim Paul‘s Christmas background (with the falling snow) up all year round… We though it was about time we said goodbye to Christmas again and hello to a wonderful new year! So until our top secret new background arrives we’d like to welcome back Jose Pardo‘s amazing floating castles. You can find out more about Jose’s background and how it came to be by following the link.

Link: Jose Pardo’s floating castles for hire an illustrator.

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Artist spotlight interview with hai member Peter Bowen

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A new artist spotlight interview with the fantastic Peter Bowen is now up on the site! Peter is an experienced and very talented illustrator and designer, with an impressive portfolio of work ranging from apparel design to logos and much more. Head on over to the main site to find out more about him!

Read Peter Bowen’s Spotlight Interview or visit his portfolio to check out more of his work.

Also, this is your last chance to see Tim Paul‘s Christmas background with the artificial falling snow on the site, as we’ll be moving on to a new background tomorrow.