Tips for Young Illustrators, Dec 2018

The Illustration field has changed a lot in my time, and can be expected to keep changing. Here are five suggestions that I’ve found consistently reliable. Whether you work traditionally or digitally, in house or in a basement, these tips will probably help you keep working as an illustrator…

1. Draw a lot. 

2. Be nice. Be kind. Be someone you yourself would want to be around. 

3. Make helpful routines for yourself and respect them. 

4. Never surprise the art director. 

5. Start your 10 K hours now. 

If you’re looking for something a little more academic, visit the excellent blog of James Gurney,, and take a look around. His 2012 post on the best How-To art books is still a really good place to start the endless process of leveling up your work.