How to have a Successful Career as an Illustrator

attractive female graphic designerDo you have what it takes to succeed as an illustrator? The field is quite competitive. Although you definitely have to have talent, it will take much more than this for you to establish a stable and fulfilling career.

You need to focus – and focus hard. You need to be able to motivate yourself, to drive yourself hard, and to keep your heart and energies centered on the goals that you set for yourself. This, of course, is premised on the understanding that you already know what it is you want. You have to have a deep sense of self, to have the conviction that to be a successful illustrator is what you want beyond anything else. If you are not certain in an absolute way, you may have qualms about your goals, especially when the going gets rough – and that will certainly set you back to a significant degree.

Once you have set your goals – preferably both short-term and long-term, you need to cultivate a strong eye for business prospects. Although an illustrator is fundamentally an artist, you need to have the business savvy to promote and sell your artistry.

Take the effort to find out what sells. Many clients may have a clear sense of what they want; make sure that you listen to what they have in mind. You definitely do not want to compromise the integrity of your work – but adapting to what your clients want does not necessarily mean this. But it certainly requires intelligence, sensitivity, and a sincere desire to understand and render what your clients want.

In the same manner, you must have the flexibility to respond to the different markets – murals, advertising, apparel, stock illustrations, print, graphic design and others. When you have the ability to use your talent in a broad range of applications, the better it is for you.

When things are slow, do not be disheartened. Take this time to take stock of what you have to offer. Do you need to expand your portfolio? Are there new fields that you have to explore? If you get a flurry of rejections, take the time to get feedback so that you know exactly what you need to do to improve your work or to be more responsive to the market.

Work on your marketing strategies. Sometimes the most successful illustrators are not really the best ones; they are simply the ones who excel in the fine art of selling themselves. Create a strong website. Get referrals. Get in touch with people. Write a blog. Send e-mails. Consider getting an agent. Arrange for meetings. Look for ways to show your stuff.

Appreciate the value of networking. Your work will often call for extensive periods of being alone with your art. However, you need the stimulation of being with people. Nurturing relationships with fellow artists is not only good for the soul – it also affords you the opportunity of convivial interaction and of stimulating exchange of ideas.

Dating Advice for Male Illustrators

123rf-14528801_sAs an artist, it is likely that you will be working alongside many creative, attractive, single young women on various projects. Naturally, you will probably want to date some of these women and end up going out for dinner and/or drinks with them. And while it’s often true that artistic types are more open to casual relationships this does not mean that you shouldn’t work on properly courting the women you are spending time with.

For example, Don’t assume that all that your date wants to do when the night is over is to have sex with you. This may be true with some women that you go out with. However, in spite of this fact, most of the women who date, regardless of how they want the night to end, like to be treated with genuine interest and respect.

A woman likes the night to progress as it should. She wants to get to know you. And she will appreciate your interest in cultivating her friendship. She would want you to genuinely like her for herself.

Communicating with women can be confusing to some men at times, but the more you practice, generally speaking the better you will do. If you want to really master this skill you may want to read a PDF like Lawrence Lanoff’s Language Of Lust, which goes into great detail on the best techniques for talking to women and tuning into what he calls their “broadcast sexuality”.

The most important thing is to make sure that you both have an enjoyable time with each other over the course the evening and that you maintain a playful, flirty vibe. Dine, drink, dance – and converse with each other. Make her comfortable with you. Do not make her feel in any way that you are simply out to get laid.

All women tend to feel flattered to know that you find them attractive. Your date may be thrilled to have some idea that you want the evening to end with some degree of physical intimacy. But being treated solely as a sexual object is not likely to go over lightly with most women. No woman appreciates the fact that they have no value to you whatsoever except as a sexual diversion.

With these considerations in mind, tread lightly. Do not invade her personal space. Do not touch her too intimately or inappropriately even before you have established real rapport with her. Surveys show that a woman hates it when her date paws her or grabs her – or tries to take advantage of her, without any provocation from her end.

As the evening progresses and your date finds you genuinely attractive, she may be open to deeper flirting and more physical intimacy. Take your clue from her. Before she indicates that she will be pleased to have you put your hand on her back or her knee, or for you to lean towards her in a clearly more intimate and suggestive manner, do not do so. And if things move quickly be sure to try out this cool technique from Gabrielle Moore’s Squirting Orgasm Shortcuts program, it is guaranteed to rock your dates world!