Originally Posted by Love Illustration
It looks like there are many experienced,passionate Illustrators here...me just a starter...I would like to ask few questions.....It would be great if someone help me!!
Is there any age requirement to become an illustrator?
Do I need to take formal education?
I have done a diploma in multimedia three years ago..I knew to operate Adobe packages.....I don't have any bachelor's degree....I don't think I can get one....I don't have any work experience....My college degrees are from different fields..I'm in my late 20's...and I'm just looking to do some part time freelancing in my near future....if necessary full time...I think I lack drawing practices......
So now,am practicing drawing on my own with the help of library books,online materials.and planning to take some certificate courses if necessary....Is this enough to get into Illustration field....Please someone guide me!
I think the advice provided above is great advice but I wouldnít go as far as calling people names like incompetent and or sucking. That just makes people feel inadequate and make people give up too easily. There are more constructive and positive ways of explaining people who donít have enough life experience, confidence, organization and or lack of time to do multiple projects. If anything try to offer those people a positive boost of advice providing they are receptive in the first place. One of the problems with us self employed people is we get carried away with our selves and gain big heads with successes and have problems with issuing constructive criticism when needed.
Anyways to maybe answer your questions;
No there are no set age to become an Illustrator. Its only a title any how. Its all in how confident you feel, the love for your craft and your experience level.
If you feel you need more experience, go and gain it and donít worry about you not leveling up to another person. Besides there will always be someone with more experience then you. Just keep on gaining more experience, humble your self to some one with more experience and take the knowledge that you like and add it to your own collection. Take advantage of the situation.
Education is good to have. Again it gives you experience to improve you. Doesnít need to be fancy. I have some diplomas but I have learned more then I ever have in an institution by first working in-house in other words several jobs. Some of the jobs I have had in the past was designing a sports jacket for a motorcycle racing product company. I got that job though a college. Several non art jobs low paying jobs which didn't last long. Just as well. Last but not least I worked for a inflatable balloon company I did some product design work and airbrushed for a while. Made interactives, costumes, cold air displays and big helium balloons for parades. Got this job though some associates from collage. Word of mouth.
If you like to eventually do Freelancing for what ever, I suggest Elance or Guru.com. There are more places too. Once joined, learn the in and outs of the culture there like profiles and writing a decent proposal est. It will take about a year or less or more to get a first job. In the mean time like I said study the profiles of successful freelancers, other and to make your own sharp looking profile and portfolio cause the competition is tough. Helps to talk professional, patience and be nice too. Clients first! Like others have already said good communications are a must and being reliable. Try not to use excuses but there are some situations you canít help. We are human after all. Build a good reputation.
Got to recommend books like The Artistís and Graphic designerís market. Great yearly book with tips on selling your self and a directory of places to issue your work and skills. Business and Legal forms for Illustrators is another handy book and finally a book called Art office. Those will help you with forms and legal issues like copyright.
Of course there are different versions of the books I describe depending on the type of artist you are.
Oh yeah, if you want to make some money on the side( a bit of pocket moola) I suggest getting into MicroStock.
I hope that was helpful for you in some way.