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Illustrator Meet Ups & Gatherings

We love meeting new people and we know no matter how much you hate being out in public, that human connection is what stops us from turning into complete recluses. So while you may be happy to be locked in your own echo chamber, once in a while you ought to get a bit of fresh air… If not for yourself, do it for the rest of us before you figure out how to destroy the planet with a flick of a switch or worst still you become one of those truly twisted fine artists.

So now that you’ve finished deciphering the mysteries of the world with your cat or dog and wondering why the only person you ever talk to is your mother, check out these two events that are definitely worth more than a passing glance.

First up we have Yo Illo on the 25th January at The Miller Pub in London, followed by Drink and Draw on the 28th at The Edwardian Tearooms in Birmingham. Yo Illo is for everyone from students to seasoned professionals and is a good chance to talk about work and let off steam. Drink and Draw is more of a chance to socialise while doing what you love with the freely provided paper and pencils. Both events are run and supported by people who love the creative industry, so whether you go to both, or one or the other, it’ll be an amazing evening and atmosphere.

Yo Illo’s January Meetup
No agenda, no pressure — like-minded illustrators and industry talk.
Wednesday, January 25 at 6 PM – 9 PM
The Miller Pub
96 Snowsfields, SE1 3 London, United Kingdom
facebook.com/events/671989512981860/

Drink and Draw at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
A night of tiddly scribblings! Pens, pencils and paper provided!!
Saturday, January 28 at 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
The Edwardian Tearooms
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, B3 3DH Birmingham
facebook.com/events/240459886365725/

So you want to be an illustrator?!

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The LCS isn’t the bustling creative web portal it once was due to the sudden and all engulfing rise of social networks like Facebook and Twitter. However, we still keep an eye on things and occasionally post an article or run the odd art related project (like Mail Me Art) when we get the chance. But when it comes to career-related and general advice, our new home for publishing these sort of articles is the HAI Staff Blog. We try to write and publish them when we can, but there are only so many hours in a day, as every self-employed person knows. Here is a list of all the freelance illustration advice riddled articles you may have missed over the last year.

Lots of people want to become or train to be illustrators. Some people take up the trade because they have a natural talent and others end up as artists because their mothers incessantly told them how good they were and they started to believe it! However you became or will become an illustrator, we’ve all got to start somewhere. As we live in a multimedia-rich world these days, it’s never been easier to find information and advice about the industry we all love.