For this task I have been told to look for a job in the media sector, as such I have chosen from the National Careers Service. I thought about what I wanted to do and then what I could do at the level I am currently at, as such as I chose ‘illustrator’ as it is art intensive and the hours and salary would be decided by me, which is flexible enough while I continue education.
I also believe that at the moment this would be a job most suitable for me in terms of skills.
To be an illustrator I would need to be able to draw with some form of competency – which I feel I would be able to do. I am able to work with others, as well as for, as I have some experience with customer services’. I can both draw and paint on real paper canvases and on a graphics tablet. I can also manage my time effective and only miss deadlines when there exonerating circumstances.
For these reasons, I feel like I fill in the criteria.
If I Were To Apply
Being a freelance illustrator the usual ways of getting work, like applying to a hire with an application letter with an attached C.V. isn’t applicable here though I have written what a couple would look like if I were able to apply that way.
A Rough Example Of A Application Letter
A Rough Example Of A C.V
In reality, I would have to think of more creative ways in order to get noticed for what, and instead of people looking for me – like an applicant – I would have to look for myself. For example, building myself a website/ blog, start posting my work on Facebook and have friends and family share it so it’ll get a larger audience; make YouTube videos of myself working while building up a solid portfolio. I could even join Patreon for founding or give away promotional material away in the beginning.
For this portfolio I have put together a number of different art styles (graphics, fine, digital) using a number of mediums to show the variety that I am capable of.
Graphic original art
Graphic fan art
Digital Graphic Art
In conclusion, if I wanted to be a illustrator, I would probably follow the below steps as my action plan.
- Finish my education – 1 year
- Complete a couple of courses such as still life/ live model classes as well as a couple of online courses to help me with a few graphic softwares to better myself in drawing so I am confidence in the basics -2 years
- during that time, start to put together my portfolio – 6 months (to begin, a portfolio is a continuance soft of thing)
- Join Facebook as a company/ as well as Linkedin and start posting art to broaden my audience – this is impossible to put a time stamp on.
- Begin to make a website/ blog so that I have an online presence and people start to learn about me and my work; to draw interest – 6 months
- A little later, I will open myself up for commissions – 2 years later
- Begin a Patreon – 2 and a half years later
- Get clients – will try and get them as soon as I’ve finished my courses.
- Start to make a name for myself – will take my career.