My goal is to be working as a full time freelance illustrator by the end of 2013. I have become spontaneously ambitious in the last few months; suddenly at the beginning of this year I felt the push to get serious about this, so here we go!
Steps I've taken so far:
1. I have a continually growing mailing list of over 100 companies so far that I would like to do freelance work for. It is divided into 4 categories: Books, Magazines, Greeting Cards, and Organizations. 2. I have a website that I'm happy with, finally. Things I need to accomplish: 1. My current portfolio has a lot of gaps. As of now it is comprised of mostly zoological and editorial illustrations- I'm happy with the quality of the work, but I am capable of a broader range. My end goal is to be doing children's books, so there are some big holes needing to be filled. I am going to be adding: - character sheets - scenery illustrations (beginnings of one painting below) - more narrative work
Super excited to paint this!
2. Remake a promo mailer. The one I did in college is not so great. When this is done, I will send them out to magazine publishers to begin with. 3. Design my business materials--contracts, timesheets, invoices, etc. If you are looking for wonderful tips on starting up as an illustrator, I highly recommend Heather Castles' blog, especially her "Tips for Illustrators" page. She is a wealth of knowledge! There are many more things I need to do and I will be documenting my journey on a monthly basis!