12: Deliberate practise – the reason why you’re not getting better at illustration

Hopefully, you’ve been using the Overlap technique to support the pursuit of your passion.  You’ve got yourself a day job, unrelated to your industry, to cover your bills.  And, you’ve created some time for yourself; maybe by sacrificing binge watching those Netflix shows. Maybe you’ve even started waking up earlier to get more quality work-time. Read more about 12: Deliberate practise – the reason why you’re not getting better at illustration[…]

09: Don’t Compare Yourself To Other Illustrators Success

Everybody has a different story – if we didn’t, life would be boring and predictable.  You should never compare your success to someone else’s because you don’t know how similar their situation is to yours. You don’t know what they’ve had to sacrifice to get to where they are today. Moreover, you can’t understand what Read more about 09: Don’t Compare Yourself To Other Illustrators Success[…]

08: Finding Time For Your Illustration Passion with the Overlap Technique

In reality my last post, which covered discovering your passion, could be seen as an idealistic approach to your career. It relies so heavily on time; something that in this day and age not a lot of people posses. The answer? Queue the Overlap Technique. Affording to find your passion One of the questions I’ve Read more about 08: Finding Time For Your Illustration Passion with the Overlap Technique[…]

006: How to Create Perfectly Symmetrical Hand-Drawn Illustrations with the Reflect Technique

With today’s technology it’s easy to scan in a drawing, digitise in Adobe Illustrator, duplicate and mirror it to make it symmetrical. However, I want to show you how to create a perfectly symmetrical illustration when you’re still in the hand-drawing stage using the Reflect Technique. When I was drawing the Zentangle Owl for Brown’s Read more about 006: How to Create Perfectly Symmetrical Hand-Drawn Illustrations with the Reflect Technique[…]

005: How to Draw Portraits from Reference to Scale in Perfect Proportion with the Grid Technique

Have you ever struggled to draw somebody’s portrait, referencing it from a photograph you have? For years I struggled with this, telling myself that I didn’t have the skill to draw peoples faces. And then, I was enlightened to the Grid Technique. One of the main problems with drawing is if you’re working at a Read more about 005: How to Draw Portraits from Reference to Scale in Perfect Proportion with the Grid Technique[…]

003: The Importance of Originality in Illustration

Recently I listened to an informative podcast addressing the subject of originality in work, and it made me think again about my own business and if what I was creating was ‘original’. Provoking thoughts about not only the legal aspect and the legal consequences you may face if found guilty of producing work based around Read more about 003: The Importance of Originality in Illustration[…]