|How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
I was 13 and won a national book writing/illustrating contest. I got my book published and then leapt into the world of freelance art, since traditional adolescence seemed cumbersome and boring.
It was a children book, illustration and design.
Inking backgrounds on pages of Archie Comic's Betty and Archie and Friends. I was an assistant inker for John Lowe and he was always doing tons of Archie stuff.
My full assignment was through some other illustrator friends, I seem to get recommended by pro friends an awful lot. It was a two day job that required three illustration to be produced for an rpg rule book.
My first assignment was a medical illustration job through a friend. After meeting with the surgeon, I completed 15 illustrations that he used for a medical conference demonstrating a surgical procedure that he had developed.
My first full assignment was in my Sophomore year of high school, and my biology teacher wanted something for her neice who was into some of the same sort of things that I was, and requested that I draw something for her, of a particular design, and I finished it rather quickly, and earned myself the interest of most of the school at that point.
Started as a staff artist for WWD later staff artist for AMC, left for freelance and have never looked back. Done work for everyone, just about.
I honestly don't remember. I did a bunch of jobs in school through the usual channels...answering ads on the art department job board, word of mouth and sometimes referals from professors. People would come to the CSULB illustration dept looking for inexpensive art. Not a bad thing really. I did t-shirt designs, little illustrations for business cards, murals for comic stores etc. It was great experience.
I consider my first real jobs the ones I got through Serbins Directory of Illustration. Those jobs paid very well and got my career off the ground.
The first one I did was a series of safety posters for In-N-Out Burger, a hamburger chain in California. I had to go to the restaurant and shoot reference of the different kitchen equipment and than make humorous but accurate illustrations of how to use the equipment without chopping off fingers and crushing toes.
My first assignment out of college was with a company called Image Club Graphics, in Calgary. Someone had seen my graduate portfolio, and suggested I speak to Image Club. They reviewed my book and on the spot asked me if I could produce 150 small illustrations based on a neo retro 50's theme. That was a great project to cut my teeth on, as it involved quite a bit of research, sketches, and then I had to crank out the final pieces to meet the deadline of CD distribution. I wound up doing multiple projects for Image Club before they closed, and sold their library of art to Adobe.
I got my first assignments from friends, who needed me to mock up designs to be tattooed or simply just used a avatars on their profile pages.
My first assignment was designing a logo and graphics for a Pest control company.
I was tasked to create a logo to represent them as well as cartoon graphics to have on their trucks.
An artist who was working in an NGO was given an assignment to make illustrations for some booklets about Family Planning but he suggested my name for those Illustrations.
Wellm it was an article for Research World, title: After the crunch. It dealt with the housing market in the UK. It was new territory for me, because I never had done commissioned work before. But I had a style, at the time blaack and white only. This illustration had to be in colour, though. Finally I did the whole thing in 5 hours, using Photoshop to colour it in and other techniques I never used before. But a challenge is always good! And time pressure.
I took my port-folio to Scotland on Sunday
like i was saying earlier, i have no idea how i got it. thanks for that one there Jesus. it was for calgary inc - the article was about gift card scams - its actually one of my favorite solutions ever.
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