Finding a side-career as an occasional artist
June 2, 2012 1:45 PM Subscribe
How do I find work as an illustrator / artist? I've been drawing for years and people think I'm good enough to ask me for the occasional commission / spot illustration. I'd like for this to happen more often, and maybe get paid now and then.
posted by hellojed to Work & Money (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have realistic expectations about being an artist, I have a solid backup job/career to support me financially. I am almost used to rejection.
I've been asked to do artwork before, mostly commissions (paid or otherwise). I don't actively look for gigs because I don't really know how.
I'd like to get more illustration work, and I don't know where to look. I'd like to make stuff for publications, spot illustrations, and other things. I have no idea how this is done.
How can I best advertise my work, and willingness to work?
Who should I send my portfolio to?
How do I find these people?
Do places like the New York Times and The New Yorker just take unsolicited submissions that I can just spam?
MeMail me if you'd like to see my work.