Gah! I just can’t! I love it so much, thank you, Austin!
A very happy birthday to my friend @abigail_larson
I hope you like your present. It can be a bit of a devil at times and likes to eat small critters, but I have no doubt you’ll both get along just fine. You also might want to keep it away from sunlight…
#monster #birthday #abigaillarson #macabre #goth
seashcroft asked: Your artwork inspired me to write after a quite long & unintentional hiatus. Thank you, I love you.
This is really amazing to hear! I’m so glad my work inspired you, and I love you too!
Check out me and my crazy siblings!
Birthday bitches #bonding 🍰🎂
evildrmady asked: I'm just wondering.. have you ever done any work based on The Phantom of the Opera?
Working on it!
luckiebreak asked: hi there!! i'm an artist studying graphic design. even though i love my major, my courses lately haven't allowed me to do much drawing, which is my main passion. it was only about a month ago that i realized i need to shift my focus to back to illustration if i really want to be happy with my work. however, now i feel a little behind on building my portfolio. this makes me pretty nervous about getting jobs once i graduate. any advice on how to get commissions when you're just starting out?
These are good concerns to have, even if it feels stressful trying to decide what to do. I always encourage people to do what they’re passionate about, but in this industry, jobs are so competitive, and the trends dictate who gets hired.
If you have a distinct style, make that work for you, and go after employers who hire artists like you. Bring something fresh to the table, while still being relevant to their needs.
I can’t recommend you jump right into freelancing out of school unless you’re already getting lots of work. Building your illustration career takes quite a long time. Many illustrators start by working in the after-hours or part time to build their brand while having a steady day-job.
To build up your brand, start out by taking small illustration jobs, join group gallery shows, and enter contests. That’ll get you noticed by editors, art directors, and other companies.