Advice And Guidance For New Illustrators

Foreword By The Editor

The following article is a broad outline for new illustrators and is kindly contributed by Gavin Campbell. If you produce your own content, you might find it useful to look at some background angles considered important by illustrators. On the other hand, you may be thinking of illustrating your own work. Whichever is the case, I hope you enjoy reading this and, possibly, learning from it.
Mike Alexander
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The Basics

Moleskine + Illustrator

Moleskine + Illustrator (Photo credit: autumn_bliss)

There are many ways to effectively express articles, literature and descriptions. One of the most popular techniques is to use illustration as a means to do this. Illustration has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, especially with the use of freelancers. Large firms are now frequently hiring artists via agencies or directly to visually enhance their advertising campaigns and attract more customers.

In order for an illustration to qualify, it needs to be able to complement the information given, or expound on it. Many journalists or copywriters can be responsible for the textual information but the creative artist is responsible for the illustration. Good examples of this can be found in greeting cards, billboard ads, stationary, magazines, books, posters and practically any other type of commercial project. Children's books are very popular in the world of illustration.

Digital Art

Many illustrators have turned to digital art in order to enhance or speed up their work-flow. Digital illustration provides an easier platform for all artists to work from, while still producing realistic traditional results.

Illustrators can receive hands-on training from work experience, or study at universities or colleges. Many artists did not actually receive any formal training, but learned to develop there skills as a hobby.


There are a huge number of universities, art schools and colleges that can provide degree programs of various types in illustration, visual communication, fine art and animation. Students will be required to create stunning portfolios, showcasing their best work.

A great way of boosting your portfolio is it engage yourself in some sort of work experience with a locally established company. They will help you to understand how to deliver work to your client and hit important deadlines.

The Market

Thousands of websites are being added to the internet everyday, and a large number of them rely heavily on illustration of some sort. This is where many illustrators capitalise on work opportunities, by producing banners, introductions and other types of imagery.

About the Author

For more ideas and advice check a host of top illustrators and find out how you benefit in the world of Illustration. You are welcome to reprint this article - but get your own unique content version here.
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