Why a Blog?

Why do I need a blog? Well maybe website visitors want to comment on the art content. Also Andrea said it was a good idea!

Questions are probably better in an email – but a blog is certainly quick and direct.

Art students often ask how do you get started as an illustrator. In the days before fast internet access, and online portfolios, I took my portfolio to the publisher. The best bit was a day out in London. The worst bit was getting wet, lost, carrying a heavy portfolio on the underground with glares from fellow inmates and then getting the polite but rather inevitable knockback.

But you  bounce back and learn to take the rejections.Now art directors use online portfolios to search for the right illustrator.

Get an online portfolio and list it with a site like  ‘ukchildrensbooks’ – a great site full of other interesting information about authors and publishers.

If you think your illustration can fill a niche out there, keep creating and email jpegs of new work to Art Directors who show interest in your work  – then they’ll remember you and it is wonderful getting those enquiries and new jobs!

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