Second up, Illustrator
We often see the work of illustrators in more places than we expect. Be it as an opening for an article in a magazine, as artwork in a book or website, as packaging design, in a fashion look book or even just as fine art prints.
I think that's what makes this profession seem so interesting; the various outlets in which to sell your work. It's basically a known fact, like most freelance jobs, that you have to market yourself in such a way that your work can span the divides of art, design, marketing, commerce. And with the renewed popularity of wallpaper, screen printing, and DIY fashion, there are endless ways in which to do this.
I used to hold to the firm belief that I simply could not draw. After years of art lessons, and finally art school I was determined that their way of drawing was the only way, and I just resigned myself to not drawing.
But after being out in the world more and being exposed to a variety of artists and styles, I am finally starting to realize that there are more acceptable ways to draw - styles that sell! Even 'bad' drawers are successful ones! So alas, I have not given up hope that one day my quirky little doodles may one day serve another purpose other than lining the pages of my various notebooks and 'think' books.
Wait, not to say that these artists fit into that 'bad drawers' category. Crap, open mouth insert foot.
I really like Allyson Fox, Julie Morstad. Actually they are the two illustrators that came to mind when I first thought up this post. Just goes to show you how memorable they are. (Have I redeemed myself yet?)
All above: Julie Morstad