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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.

Become an ArtPACT patreon

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ArtPACT has been free for a while now and was running on general donations, but there weren’t enough to maintain the service. Sadly, it was announced a couple of weeks ago that they were giving up the ghost and closing down. This announcement managed to light a fire under enough people’s butts to kickstart their Patreon campaign and breath new life into the service. They’re looking to reach a minimum of $250 per month to keep their excellent service going, so if you can spare anything to help them out, I’m sure it’d be appreciated. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3802975

ArtPACT is a free online resource for illustrators focusing on the fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and comic book genres. The ArtPACT website has information for artists of all experience levels regarding contracts, copyrights, and alternative income solutions.” – Jim Pavelec

The LCS Illustration Agent Directory

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The LCS isn’t as fast moving as it use to be, but we still like to keep the content turning over when we can. So as part of the LCS’s ongoing mission to be useful, we’ve published our personal illustration agent database for all to use and share. If there are any agents missing or any you’d like to see removed, please get in contact and we’ll do our best to update the directory.

Visit: The LCS Illustration Agent Directory

Get your professional conduct on!

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There’s a new post up on the Hire an Illustrator blog and it goes into the ins and outs of how to conduct yourself when it comes to talking about clients after the fact on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. We’ve been guilty ourselves of having the occasional rant, but when your reputation is part of a professional community as a whole… You do need to keep yourself in check. Visit the HAI blog and have a read at hireanillustrator.com/i/blog/1113/

Art Business Bootcamp with Marc & Lauren

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Marc Scheff and AD Lauren Panepinto of Drawn + Drafted and Dear AD are now accepting sign ups for their Art Business BootCamp! It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic program with invaluable advice for professional freelance illustrators of all levels. Registration closes on the 30th November.

An art career is about more than just making art, it’s about creating a successful business around that work. But the landscape is foggy. There’s no single path. Success looks different for everyone, and we often feel like we’re just spinning our wheels. It can be confusing and emotionally draining. We’ve been there… – Marc & Lauren

You can find out more about the bootcamp at artbusinessbootcamp.com or you can SIGN UP NOW and invest in your future today.

How to Approach US Art Directors

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Words of wisdom from 3×3‘s Charles Hively, the Jedi Master of working with art directors and quality illustration. Charles is going to be running a 3-hour webinar which will be a bitesized version of the full-day workshop he held in London, October 2014. It’s $50, but worth every penny and they’ll be a Q&A.

We’ll discuss the most important times of the year to send out materials, and the months that are a waste of time and money. We’ll talk about the best day and time of day to contact a prospective client. We’ll explore what to put in a subject line that will get an art director to open your email. And what months you should plan a visit to New York and how to set up appointments. And we’ll share with you the materials that come across our desk from both photographers and successful illustrators. Learn from their success. – Charles Hively

The webinar will be on the October 24th, 9am-12pm EDT and you’ll find tickets via Eventbrite at http://tiny.cc/3x3webinar.

Build a Freelance Illustration Business with Salli S. Swindell and Nate Padavick

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Are you a designer, illustrator or creative doodler? Have you ever wondered how you could turn your talents into a business? This three-day online workshop will help you create a plan for leveraging your creativity into a successful freelance business. – Salli Swindell

This course is run by Sally S. Swindell and Nate Padavick co-founders of the awesome They Draw and Cook. The course will give you an inside look at how two artists have built a successful design & illustration studio by fostering a community of artists that empower each other to grow their businesses.

  • Leverage what is unique about your style to attract more clients
  • Build a creative online portfolio that will have clients coming to you
  • Pitch and land deals with name brand clients
  • Package and price your services to build a sustainable business

You can find out more and register for the course at modernthrive.com

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!