Hello little paper chain friends. 

Hello little paper chain friends. 

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How to be an unsuccessful illustrator

  • Illustrate constantly. Never take a break or step away from your desk. Just keep staring at the photoshop file or empty sketchbook page before you, in the hopes that inspiration will strike. If it doesn’t, beat yourself up and repeatedly tell yourself you’re never going to make it as a freelance illustrator. 

  • When you’re not illustrating, talk about illustration, look at illustration and think about illustration. 

  • Never socialise. Who needs friends when you have such an impressive long list of clients? If you do socialise, spend time only with other illustrators, discussing what you’re all working on. Don’t waste your time talking to other professionals about unrelated things, especially people who aren’t creatives.

  • Compare yourself to everyone else all the time. Keep checking up on what you’re peers are doing. This will lead to a sense of unfulfillment, paranoia that you’re not doing enough, and envy that they’re getting more work than you. A really healthy selection of emotions. 

  • Trawl through tumblr for an hour a day instead of looking at books or going to an exhibition. Keep counting the number of notes you get, and how many likes you get on instagram. This validation from 14 year old strangers directly correlates to the overall success of your career.

  • Only go to illustration exhibitions. What possible benefit could come from looking at anything outside of your creative field? 

  • Sell yourself cheap. It’s really satisfying to work for no money because at least you’re producing something for your portfolio, hey!  

  • In your spare time, after a long day at your part time job, don’t occasionally relax or unwind. Work yourself into a frenzy planning some extra side projects to fill your time until you become embittered and completely lose sight of why you’ve chosen a career that seemingly drives you into the ground from exhaustion. 
1/6 illustrations about how different cultures and communities greet each other around the world. 
To see the full series, go to my website

1/6 illustrations about how different cultures and communities greet each other around the world. 

To see the full series, go to my website

G is for green grass and garden gates. I want to go outside and play!

G is for green grass and garden gates. I want to go outside and play!

Details from things I’ve been working on this week. 

(Source: Flickr / ellieshakespeare)