“The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.”
The following article was inspired by three interviews with Melbourne illustrators Elise Hurst, Laura Wood and Andrea Innocent in November 2013. Three other Melbourne illustrators reviewed the article in January 2014: Jody Pratt, Richard Morden and Claudia Rowe. The latter three have also been quoted to add their thoughts into the mix.
|My illustration of Elise Hurst|
|My illustration of Laura Wood|
Living in the digital age means that illustrators have the opportunity to promote themselves to a wider audience. “Through the Internet we have now the possibility to put our work under the eyes of creative directors all over the world in matter of seconds and without spending a cent,” says Laura Wood “I think it's fantastic.” Elise Hurst agrees: “Online folios are The Best.”
|My Illustration of Richard Morden|
|My illustration of Jody Pratt|
(Jody Pratt, Illustrators Australia President)
The opportunity to ask other professionals for advice is clearly worth every cent of the membership fee to an organisation such as IA. Jody Pratt, president of Illustrators Australia adds in here: “Don't be afraid to get involved with IA, we don't bite!”
|My illustration of Andrea Innocent|
It can be daunting looking at all of the illustration agencies in Australia and internationally. However, having an agent can be a gateway for work. Laura Wood’s would agree: “Having an agent for me has meant getting work and recognition from bigger and more prestigious clients.” Elise Hurst explains how an agent makes her life a little easier: “I love my agent, Jacinta di Mase, because I hate to do the negotiation and chasing work of a job.”
|My illustration of Claudia Rowe|
The advice from these illustrators strengthens my resolve to create my own opportunities right now – to network, to promote and to go forth bravely with the spirit of adventure, self belief and creativity.