• So you want to be an illustrator | Vol. 3 - how to have multiple income streams

    So you want to be an illustrator | Vol. 3 – Have multiple income sources!

    Whether you are a freelancer or not, it has become cliché to repeat ‘have multiple income sources!’ This is obviously important for freelancers even more, especially in a field as oversaturated as illustration. Let’s see what opportunities you have as an illustrator to provide a constant cash-flow. The first and most evident way is, of […]

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  • So you want to be an illustrator - Part 2 | Switching professions

    So you want to be an illustrator | Vol. 2. – The journey from engineer to illustrator

    Where did I learn it all? This question has popped up at several watercolour workshops I teach, as it’s no secret that I graduated as an Architect, and even worked in the field for a short time. If you are thinking about choosing illustration as a career path, or you are simply interested in how […]

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  • On the road to freelancing - questions to ask yourself before taking the leap

    Freelancing – questions before you take the leap

    Are you considering freelancing? You are at the right place. I am celebrating one year of freelancing this month. I feel this is the perfect opportunity to sum up my experiences and share the lessons I’ve learned, so you have some straight questions to reflect upon, before you take the leap. Even though I am […]

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  • So you want to be an illustrator - Part 1 | Illustration types

    So you want to be an illustrator | Vol. 1. – a.k.a. „can you make a living out of this”?

    I have met the question above more than I can count, and this is partly the reason why I spent nearly 7 useless years studying Architecture before realising I would become an illustrator. If you are 16-18, announcing to your parents that you are going to become an illustrator, or you decide at 40-something that […]

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  • Should you go to art school? Pros and cons

    Art school: YES or NO?

    When I walked out of University with a fresh degree in my hand I promised myself that I would never ever attend art education again. Despite all analysis I will probably never find out whose fault it was that I ended up with this unfortunate conclusion, but it is more or less a fact that they […]

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  • Illustration post-production: scanning and editing artwork

    In case of digital illustrations it is obvious how artwork is transferred to paper and how it is reproduced. For manual illustrations, the situation is not so clear. I mean after the scanning process. Scanning is only the first step of a long post-production procedure. So let’s see what’s brewing in the witch’s kitchen!

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  • Beyond filters – online softwares to edit your artwork

    Picture editing is worth learning for all creative people – at least at a basic level. This skill – apart from being a requirement many jobs – helps you use your artwork in many different ways so they don’t have to lie forgotten at the bottom of your drawers. Many people think it is easier […]

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  • 7 practical ways to use your artwork

    The picture of the poet starving in the interval between writing two pieces that nobody wants to publish has burnt pretty well into our minds. But what about painting without being “published”? Those who like doodling will know that not all stuff on paper is suitable for an exhibition – and not necessarily because it […]

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