Articles by: Ed Shems

Beer Money

Beer Money

Not even craft beers…

(Just a little inspiration for you in case you were tempted to work for less than you’re worth)

Webinar: Ready, Set, Freelance!

Webinar: Ready, Set, Freelance!

On January 23, Justin and I will be hosting the webinar Ready, Set, Freelance! for RISD Alumni Relations. The webinar is open to anyone. Ready, Set, Freelance! was originally conceived as a live presentation (you know, in front of people rather than a computer screen) and we’re excited to be able […]

The Importance of Networking

The Importance of Networking

I recently wrote an article for Jo Ann’s Art Advice blog about the importance of networking with other creatives to diversify your business and I’ll be touching on the topic during Justin and my webinar for RISD next week. —————————————————————– You can’t go it alone. Being a freelance illustrator is challenging […]

Caffeinated Illustrators- December 2013

Caffeinated Illustrators- December 2013

Well, we did it again. During this crazy holiday season where there are 5 billion things to do at once, a group of illustrators got out of their studios and met for coffee and to schmooze. I suppose it helped that we met inside a shopping mall across from a […]

Kilroy in the Hamptons

Kilroy in the Hamptons

Bridgehampton, NY

Caffeinated Illustrators- October 2013

Caffeinated Illustrators- October 2013

Recently, Creative Relay did what very few entities have ever been able to do: we got a bunch of illustrators to leave their studios for a few hours! These freelancers were forced together to schmooze, drink coffee and share chicken stories. In attendance were Lisa Graves, Jannie Ho, Gary LaCoste, Lauren […]

Your Best Work

Your Best Work

The desire to keep things fresh and new in your portfolio can sometimes overwhelm your better judgement, and a sub-par design/illustration/photo can make its way into your: Online portfolios* Physical portfolios Samples We’ve all done work that we can admit isn’t our best (often it’s because a client thinks they […]

Gum Graffiti & Gum Art

Gum Graffiti & Gum Art

Graffiti comes in so many different forms. On a brick wall in an alleyway I often walk by in Needham, MA I always find a number of messages written with gum. At first I found this perplexing but after some time I became intrigued by the concept and couldn’t help […]

Top Cow Talent Hunt 2012 Results

Top Cow Talent Hunt 2012 Results

We’ve received a few messages from folks asking about the outcome of Top Cow’s Talent Hunt so here’s the info including links to more information. Top Cow received about 300 art submissions and over 800 writing submissions “some of which submitted more than once for a total of 1100 different synopsis/script submissions.” […]

Once Upon a Flock Book Review

Once Upon a Flock Book Review

In the midst of reading Once Upon a Flock, I would catch myself glancing outside into my backyard from time to time. I didn’t really know why I was doing it- I certainly wasn’t bored and I’m not afflicted by ADD- and then it dawned on me: I was trying […]