For the last three months I was working in an office, living the ‘part time job, full time artist’ life. Back in the summer of 2014 I applied for a very interesting position, made it to the last round of interviews and was deeply disappointed when the job was given to the other finalist. I was told that it was a […]
Working as a freelance illustrator
We are nearing the festive season and I will participate in two different, crafty Christmas markets in the next few weeks. Having started on this freelance illustration path a little over a year ago, I still don’t have much experience with markets and art-fairs, but I really look forward to engaging with people face-to-face as opposed to over Facebook.
This weekend I conducted my first workshop on the invitation of a well known Belgian illustrator and positive spirit, Mademoiselle Smoothie. She has just opened a “pop-up shop” in her hometown, Liège for four months. September is dedicated to illustrators and I am among the five artists exhibiting and selling their work for the next couple of weeks. Each of us is […]
A few months ago I posted about how it feels to be a freelance illustrator and work from home. At that point I felt like a lonely warrior, who is only connected to the “real world” through internet. Things have moved forward since then and I’ve started to make some new friends from the Brussels creative crowd. I feel like […]
In this third and final post about the reality of working as a freelance illustrator, I’ll reflect on all the new skills I’ve acquired (or realised I need to acquire if I want to succeed). Once I stopped working in an office I had plans to improve my IT skills, so I took courses in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These […]
One of the most noticable changes between working in an office and working as a freelance illustrator is how you deal with time. I am now much more in charge of what I do, when I do it and for how long. I also need much more self-discipline as I don’t necessarily need to deliver anything on time, and on most days no […]
I had been planning to complain about clients and even made public promises, but the time just never seems to be right for it. After weeks of procrastination, I have to admit that – so far – I find more pleasure than inconvenience in working freelance and I am therefore not so eager to complain… Instead, I will try to give an […]