With past a couple of weeks,
there’s been a trend going on.
And a couple of you guys want me to talk about
how to start with illustration,
or how to start as an illustrator.
And the truth is, there’s…
That’s a very, very tricky question, because
if you want to be an illustrator, and you don’t know how to start
you might just say,” Hi! I am an illustrator.”
你可以直接说 嗨 我是个插画师
And that’s it.
You kind of started being one.
But if we define being an illustrator,
A professional illustrator.
As someone who’s making money out of it,
I’m here to help.
So if we pretend that being an illustrator
is defined by you’re making money out of it.
The first step of starting something
is to get a job.
And how the hell you get a job as an illustrator.
I don’t know honestly where to start because
老实说 我也不知道该从何讲起 因为
I feel like there’s so many things
that I need to tell you and talk to you about.
but being an independent professional as well.
So if you are a writer,
or maybe you want to pursue your career as a magician,
or as a copyrighter,
or um as a chef,
maybe this might help you.
I hope it does.
So first of all, guys,
那么 首先 大家
I don’t know which is the exact order,
because number 1 and number 2 might happen at the same time.
And number 1 is send a lot of e-mails.
I remember that when I started being a freelance illustrator,
I told everyone I know about it
and I sent an e-mail to
Ahh friends, family members such as said,
but also ex work colleagues.
Um I used to work in an agency before.
And also a woman’s magazine, I also work.
Um at a graphic designer company.
So all the places that you used to work in, work at,
I sent those e-mails.
And also guys, you need to send a separate e-mail
to all the jobs that you want to do eventually.
So for example I remember that.
By then I was reading a bunch of blogs,
and I was very fond of a bunch of websites.
I was reading magazines I really enjoyed,
so I sent an e-mail to all those places.
I sent something like fifteen e-mails in one day
to all the blogs that I was reading,
because I realize
almost all of them were only using photos like photographies
and the pictures even though they were good,
they were reusing the same ones over and over again.
So I was like you know what this blog will look so much better with an illustrator
Not, not me, but I was, I was thinking that illustration sometimes,
不止我这么想 但我有时会思考 插图
we illustrators can give so much life and character to
blogs or to websites.
So I was thinking why not send them an e-mail
and let them know that I am available, bla bla
and one of them actually prepared and I started working with them
in a really, really regular races
And they told me that
they never thought they would be hiring an illustrator,
and in some way I created a necessity,
because if I haven’t,
if you think about it, if, if I haven’t
wrote them an e-mail,
they would never have known
they needed an illustrator in their lives.
So you never know, guys.
所以 朋友们 你永远不知道会发什么
The second step.
Oh my god, this video is going to be so long,
I’m so so sorry.
I, I need to talk, I need to talk about so many things.
So I know, guys,
You are now probably in a very tricky situation.
Because the number 2 step you need to do right now
if you are in the beginning process of being a professional
in whatever area,
it’s to build up your portfolio.
But you might think friend, how the hell I’m going to build my portfolio
但是也许你会想 朋友 如果我连客户都没有
if I don’t have any clients yet.
Because no one is replying my e-mails yet,
and I’m losing my patience here.
I get it. I get it, my friends.I really do.
我懂 我懂 朋友们 我真的明白这个感受
But what you need to do right now is to just calm down.
Drink tea, pat your cat, slash dog, slash tortoise.
喝喝茶 拍拍猫 拍拍狗 拍拍乌龟
and just breathe.
The only way you will eventually build up your portfolio
is basically having clients.
But until you get the clients,
you might start doing personal projects.
if you always want to illustrate Alice in wonderland,
but there’s no way someone will pay you to do that,
why the hell you not doing it yourself?
Or for example, personal projects could be
ahh from now on,
every time I go to a birthday party
I’m going to give the birthday person a portrait
down by me, for example.
Clients are not going to hire you
if they don’t see what you’re up to,
or what your full potential is.
The step 3, go to illustration fairs or conventions.
Illustration fairs and conventions are really good because
I remember back then, back in the days,
back in the old days.
I used to go to illustration fairs,
almost every month.
Once a month, something like that.
It was a great opportunity to meet other fellow illustrators,
and get to meet people.
Fairs and conventions are really good also to build up your portfolio
because you need merchandising to sell,
you need stickers and tote bags.
and back then I didn’t have any money to
to build those products, those that merchandise
so I have made every single thing that I sold.
Be really active on your social media.
I am not going to start
even telling you why social media is so important, guys,
but it is really important.
I’m not even telling you guys,
you need to be on every social media available.
part one, please.
Clients might get the opportunity to get to know
us in some way for example they might get the chance to
渠道认识我们 比如 他们可能会
see the process behind our work on our blogs
or maybe know if we are funny or if we are charismatic
or good persons on Twitter,
they might get a chance to know more about ourselves on Instagram,
so you have to have a presence
or at least one social media.
Five last tips.
In case you really want to do this,
there’s nothing wrong guys, to ask for a job,
and there’s nothing wrong
to let people know that you’re looking for a job.
Please leave your email
and let people know how to work with you,
or what type of commissions or work you want to do
also even though you have commissions
or you’re working on something at the moment,
please always have personal projects going on,
and be consistent and constant.
This is really similar to the next point,
which is be really active on social media.
I know I really like talk a lot about social media,
but be constant on social media.
There’s a lot of websites
that are teaching people or freelancers or beginners
hard to charge probably.
There’s even huge calculators about, for example,
how much you’re paying for rent and bills
and with that you can actually calculate
how much you should charge for a whole project or for a single illustration,
so I will leave all the links that I could find
to help you down below.
And last but not least guys,
be nice with clients, be nice with fellow illustrators or colleagues,
对顾客要友好 对同行的插画师 同事
or other freelancers that are going out there.
Be nice and generous to everybody.
You never ever know who is going to recommend you,
you never know who is going to talk about you in another project,
or I don’t know like invite you
in another commission or project.
That’s also a really tricky part of being a freelance
in any career
that you build yourself a reputation,
and you have to have a very good reputation,
because being an illustrator guys,
or being a writer being freelance in general
is like a small town. Everybody knows everybody
and bad things can spread really easily.
So please be super, super nice and gentle to everybody,
always reply emails
and I think that’s it, guys.
I hope I helped you in some way
I feel like there’s so many things that I could talk about this,
so I think I will, I will keep talking about this for eternity.
I’m kidding, so I think I would do more videos about this
in the future.
Thank you so so much for watching this video,
and for being with me today.
Thank you so much also to all my patrons,
because they are basically the ones
um who are allowing me to be here with you, guys.
um and I love my patrons we’re having such a good time.
By the way guys if you have more questions regarding this subject,
or if you want to share a link with some other freelance follows
out there and you want to help,
which will be awesome actually.
Please leave all those things down below,
and if you have questions also leave them down below,
because I will have a better understanding of how I can help you.
Because I want to help you guys.
So I think that’s it.
I hope you’re having a fantastic day and awesome week.
Um, bye-bye guys.
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