|Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
Most definitely. Too much time spent separated from other artists usually leads to Gollum-like behavior.
Yes. I like to collaborate with a number of other creative professionals. Jonathan Lambe, Matthew Delano, Jeffrey Davis to name a few.
yes, a few friends I went to uni with and other illustrators I know
Yes. I have a lot of friends who are artists, so we certainly share ideas and what-not. Also, I greatly admire and respect my Creative Director at work, and he constantly gives me advice and tips. Great way to keep learning.
Whilst I was at university, my friends and I would talk to each other about our work - there was one friend in particular who was also very interested in children's books, and we'd often bounce ideas off each other, and ask each other for opinions on our work. It'll be a lot harder to continue this now we've graduated and don't all share the same studio, but I think it's still important to discuss my work and interact with other like-minded people. I don't want to isolate myself too much, because it's too easy to get stuck creating similar illustrations over and over - sharing and discussing ideas with others allows my work to develop because it means I discover new methods, techniques and ideas which I would otherwise have missed.
Yes, I do teach people to draw in my full-time job. I also give and take criticism from my fellow senior colleague at work.
Yes I have a circle of friends and colleagues who I talk to and seek advice from a all sorts of issues to do with being a freelance illustrator. Some of these people I went to TAFE with, others I have meet of the years at conferences or at association gatherings.
Very few. I don't know too many illustrators right now.
recently speaking to artist son face book ... jeff wood peter bagge are awesome helpful.
I share new discoveries with some of my friends who also work in the industry
absolutely. In fact it is ESSENTIAL to consult others. Freelancing is a LONELY life. You spend a lot of time working by yourself, and if you get stuck it's helpful to have people you can email or call to bounce ideas off of. Often tmes a colleague who is not involved with your project can look at it more objectively than you can.
Yes: Robert Meganck, Sterling Hundley, Yuko Shimizu, Francis Vallejo...and sooo many more! :)
I believe that the support structure you build for yourself is one of the most important things in a creative field. I am lucky enough to have very talented and helpful friends.
Oh all the time. The best part is getting together and sharing with my contemporaries. It re-invigorates me and keeps me sane. A man can only work in a vacuum so long…
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