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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.

A Scribble of Illustrators Exhibition

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Eleven of the west-country’s finest children’s illustrators will be showing their diverse range of techniques and skills, as well as hosting various family events, readings and workshops over two weekends at Walcot Chapel, Bath, during the Bath kid’s literature festival.

Participating artists: Joe Berger, Paula Bowles, Jo Empson, Yasmeen Ismail, Sean Julian, Steven lenton, Henning Löhlein, Gwen Millward, Donough O’Malley, Lauren Tobia and Sarah Warburton.

Workshops for children (3-8years old), book readings and signings will be announced soon. Exhibition open from 12am to 5pm. More info: A Scribble of Illustrators Exhibition

How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

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If you’ve written a manuscript or are planning on writing a children’s book, there’s a very handy FAQ over on the Hire an Illustrator staff blog. It covers everything from whether you should actually be hiring an illustrator or not and how much it’s going to cost you. If you’re not an author and have joined the dark side as an illustrator it’s probably worth checking out yourself too. The questions were devised and answered by Ginger Nielson who has years of experience in the publishing industry and has created almost 40 children’s books herself.

Visit: How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

Image Credit… The Waif by Peter George.

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

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This is the art school we wish we’d been able to attend!

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is an unaccredited, private institution with one goal in mind: to teach artists who want to be illustrators how to become illustrators. Our hands-on approach and small classes allow us to tailor our courses to meet each student’s needs. Unlike traditional art schools, the Baltimore Academy of Illustration focuses specifically on illustration—learning the art while also understanding the needs and requirements of the profession.

One of the guys who was partly responsible for setting up this new school is friend of the LCS Alex Fine. Alex, Greg Houston and Scott Fuqua will be running the academy and also teaching there! Obviously if you’re an aspiring illustrator, sign up for a course. But if you’re a seasoned pro and you want to show a bit of support for this new educational centre, there’s a fundraiser you can donate to. We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of talent this new enterprise churns out and we wish them the best of luck!

Sue Todd’s 3×3 Merit Award

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The Picture Book Show of the next 3×3 Directory of Illustration includes a merit award to Sue Todd Illustration for four illustrations from the play, Steam! Taming the River Monster. Steam!, published by Red Chair Press, is a work of historical fiction dramatising the first voyage of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, The Clermont.

External Link: Sue Todd’s 3×3 Merit Award

150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

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It’s been an ambition of mine to illustrate Alice for a very long time.

To celebrate 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I decided that I would finally tackle this classic tale. For the past few weeks I’ve immersed myself into the world of Alice, the White Rabbit and the many creatures she comes across on her journey. I created several book illustrations, some title page typography, chapter headers and endpapers.

External Link: 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland