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Carolyn Jenkins

By |October 4th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

I see the way you approach your work as almost scientific, do you think this is a valid comment? Yes it is valid, my speciality is to focus on the detail. A requirement for botanical illustration is accuracy, which requires quite a scientific approach.  All my illustrations are in watercolour by hand, I don’t use […]

Socially Conscious Social Media

By |March 7th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Follow Bodil Jane @bodiljane Having followers of all ages, Bodil sees it as her responsibility to post professionally and set a good example to younger fans. Bodil has earned their trust by being honest about her beliefs and not taking advantage of that trust by promoting brands she doesn’t believe in. Here’s what Bodil has to […]

Starting out in illustration

By |February 19th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

How long have you been an illustrator? I started freelancing a few years ago, but was working part time alongside a job at Penguin. This meant that I didn’t have as much time for freelance work as I would have liked, but about a year ago I finally took the plunge and have been a […]

How to develop an illustration style

By |January 24th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Show clients something they have never seen before Starting out in illustration involves a lot of taking inspiration from other artists work. It’s normal to try out different illustration styles, but the goal should be to take that inspiration from different sources to inform something completely new.   You don’t have to be better, you […]

Tony Meeuwissen – The Key to the Kingdom

By |January 19th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

About Tony Meeuwissen In 2013, Tony was awarded the title ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ by the RSA; only 200 designers can hold the title at any one time, other royal designers include Vivienne Westwood, Peter Blake, James Dyson, Quentin Blake and Gerald Scarfe. Tony has also been awarded the Francobollo d’Oro award for the world’s […]

Curate your portfolio

By |January 15th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

  Quality Control When putting together a portfolio it can be difficult to know what to include, and even more difficult to know what to leave out. Not everything you make should go in your portfolio. Not only is it a way to present your work, it is also a way to show clients that […]

How to submit work to an illustration agency

By |January 8th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

The short answer is: if your work is good, it will get looked at, but there may be some barriers standing in the way of getting your portfolio in front of the right people. First you need to be honest with yourself and ask: “Am I ready for an illustration agent?” Often an illustration agency won’t […]

Nabil Nezzar – Patek Philippe

By |January 4th, 2018|Syndicated Content|

In celebration of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, Nabil Nezzar was asked to create an illustrated timeline, showcasing the watchmakers’ long and prosperous history. From the first Swiss wristwatch in 1868 to the Star Calibre 2000, these iconic timepieces are displayed in all their grandeur. With a photorealistic approach, Nabil captures the gorgeous intricacies of Patek Philippe […]

Are you ready for an illustration agent?

By |January 2nd, 2018|Syndicated Content|

Don’t compare your work to others, instead, analyse. Illustrators that are just starting out are almost guaranteed to spend a lot of time looking at illustration agency websites. They are a great source of inspiration. You can see a lot of different styles and also what those illustrations can be applied to, whether it’s an […]

10 things every illustrator should know

By |December 21st, 2017|Syndicated Content|

Folio illustration agency celebrated 40 years in the business in 2016 This article was originally posted by digitalartsonline.co.uk   The agency says the business of illustration has changed a vast amount in the last four decades, from lugging around hand-painted and airbrushed originals to globally sending out 3D CGI animation in a matter of minutes. […]