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Should I Take the (Freelance) Job?

Should I Take the (Freelance) Job?

Should you take the (illustration, design, sculpture, painting, photograph, article, etc) job? Run through this chart to help you decide.

A Wimpy Kid’s Bookstore

A Wimpy Kid’s Bookstore

On Father’s Day this year we decided to take a drive to the new bookstore opened by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney in Plainville, MA. Mr. Kinney purchased the building in 2012, in the town center where he made his home, as it had sat derelict for some […]

6 Guidelines and 3 Steps to a Solid Presentation

6 Guidelines and 3 Steps to a Solid Presentation

By Jon Lopkin Selling your skills and winning the trust of a client can all come down to how you present your designs and how you present yourself. Before diving into the 3 useful steps for creating a solid presentation, let’s look at the seemingly trivial items often overlooked by […]

My Never, Ever List by Jannie Ho

My Never, Ever List by Jannie Ho

My own quick list of what a freelance illustrator should never ever do. I could use a little reminding as well from time to time. •Never ever forget about those personal projects Those personal projects fuel my creativity and remind me of why I loved being an illustrator in the first […]

3 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About Color Management

3 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About Color Management

By Martha DiMeo Digital Imaging Specialist ChromaQueen.com ———————————————————————————– There is no escaping it. Whether you are a print designer or design strictly for the web and digital media—and you want predictable, repeatable, and consistent color results—color management matters. But implementing a color-managed workflow can seem like a daunting task. With […]

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)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Never, Ever List by Gary Lacoste

My Never, Ever List by Gary Lacoste

NEVER EVER LET FEAR DRIVE THE BUS This is great advice I heard from licensing guru Cheryl Phelps. We all are afraid of failing or coming up short, and that fear can paralyze us into not making changes or choices that in the long run could further your career. Five […]