I remember the entire reason I started pursuing Illustration/Art/Design as a career. I spent countless hours in my own bubble either drawing, or gluing stuff together, or just ‘making’ something.
And I enjoyed it. It was fun.
Now I’m actually making a career out of illustration, things are a bit more serious than sitting on my Nan’s living room floor gluing toilet paper tubes together to make a ‘castle’ and then painting them in whatever leftover decorating paint she had – when I got really good at gluing things, I got to paint them with the piles and piles of paints I was bought for Xmas, and my birthday, and practically every occasion.
Thanks, supportive family and friends!
Sounds pretty boring right? And why would I need to do that? I already know what’s in my portfolio, it’s my portfolio after all.
But honestly, it was quite informative, even if it was literally just my own input.
Actually looking at the work I’d done, taking note of the common themes and counting how many of what kind/genre/market/subject was present in my portfolio really helped give me an idea of what I needed to work on next.
It’s no set-in-stone formula, I just sat down with my freelancing journal and started writing while looking at the thumbnails of my work. (Something I honestly need to write in more, but It’s a lovely A4 leather bound lined journal where I write my freelancing goals, potential target markets and potential portfolio subjects, I’d recommend keeping one and it’s good to refer to if you’re looking at what you’ve done and what you want/wanted to be doing)
Once a client asks me to design/illustrate their cover, we’ll discuss their desires for the overall appearance of their cover, what they want to portray if they have any particular scene/important prop that should be featured on the cover, not all authors have a solid idea of what they want – and that’s fine – so usually we’ll discuss their likes/dislikes and any elements they would like to include.
I’ve chosen to use one of the covers I designed and illustrated for the wonderful Author Emma Ellinson and her book “The Darwin Solution” (Highly recommended if you like the idea of cool fantasy Dystopian London settings filled with demons, werewolves and fantastical creatures) Continue Reading →