Animation Student Asks: How to Get a Job as a Storyboard Artist, Character Designer and Illustrator

I love getting letters from art students all over the globe, aspiring to reach their career goals.  This week’s mailbag brought me a lovely letter from the UK and I thought I’d share it as this week’s blog entry: Dear Renee, I am currently studying on an animation degree at the University of the West of England. I am most interested in becoming a character designer and...

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Inspiration or Knock Off? When does inspiration become Sin-spiration?

    “When your artwork or style is copied by another, do you get angry?  Or do you view it as influencing the world with your art?” The above question was asked by Maria Brophy, in her blog on mariabrophy.com When I’m booked as a comp artist and pre-production artist, I’m hired to mimic other styles all the time. People look me up when they want Lichtenstein, or...

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Work as a Freelance Artist, Be Your Own Boss and Create Your Own Dream Job!

You’re an artist. That means you always think outside the box—in fact, you kicked the box to the curb. You color outside the lines because boundaries don’t fit into your world. You believe that life shouldn’t begin or end in a cubicle. But it absolutely can happen in a coffee shop, in your pj’s (although most coffee places prefer you get dressed first), or any place or time that turns...

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Wayne Haag: The Gorgeous Matte Paintings that Made Lord of the Rings and Fifth Element Feel Real

This man makes me want to work more in visual effects-  Wayne Haag made The Gorgeous Matte Paintings that Made Lord of the Rings and Fifth Element Feel Real – Take a look at them here on...

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How to Get a Job in Video Game Design and Win!

How many bosses must you kill to score a gig in video game design? Just one.  The one that will hire you! And trust me, I do contract work with Electronic Arts in Los Angeles, and video game company culture is a blast.  The bigger studios call themselves “campuses” and working on-site is a great experience, between collaborating with amazing artists, producers, animators and...

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Want to be a Freelance Illustrator? Or a Freelance Designer? Getting an Agent can really Boost your Career.

Want to be a Freelance Illustrator? Or a Freelance Designer?  Getting an Agent can really Boost your Career.

Want to know how to get an Illustration agent? Recent art school grads know it can be difficult for an illustrator starting out on their own to gain access to the most desirable clients.  Meanwhile agents are able to promote you and your work to the best art buyers, ad agencies, production companies and creative directors in the industry. For freelance illustrators and designers, having...

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