You are so sweet. I actually don’t hear that all the time so thank you! No problem, just work hard, get things done on time and be nice to people. All those things go a long way.
I listen to a lot of music. I like She & Him, Florence Welch, Fleetwood Mac, Ben Howard, Fleet Foxes, Lorde, Mumford and Sons, Janelle Monae, Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum. There’s definitely more but generally anything people like that put out I know I’ll like. I like listening to 8tracks as I get a wide range of musicians and you can sort by a theme.
Thank you Ines, all the best!
This is so sweet, thank you very much!
Yeah! It’s not easy, but nothing is easy to be honest. I think it is down to the fact that work comes from your own doing, not that it’s just not there. You do have to do a lot of stuff yourself, reach out to people and put yourself out there. You have to make opportunities yourself.
My main advice would be stop aspiring. Start doing it now. It’s great that you have an idea of what you want at 15. I didn’t choose to go into Illustration until a year before I went to university. This means you have all the more time to develop and get out there. The sooner you start, the sooner you start improving and learning, the sooner you can start developing your style, the sooner people start to see you work and your determination, the sooner you can start putting together a portfolio. I’m sure you’re creating stuff now. Create things you want to be doing. Put your work in context. Ask people around you if they want to join together to make something, does your school have a newspaper or magazine that you could put yourself forward for. Create a redesign of a book cover, find a magazine article and create an illustration for it, find a collection you like and create some work that could go within a spread for it. Initiate your own work essentially. When it comes to showing your work to art directors or potential employers you can say ‘look I am already making the work you’re looking for’. I know you want to go into fashion illustration, but your work can translate to other areas and it’s good to be open to all opportunities. Especially at the beginning.
With the internet it’s really easy to get your work out there. I would say start a blog now, just get your work up for people to see. I’ve found so many people to collaborate with and work for by having a tumblr account. You’ll be able to get work out to a greater range of people. I wouldn’t wait until you feel your work is better or something like that, you’ll be waiting ages. You’re going to improve your work simply by creating it, and having a site to update is good motivation.
I took art classes at school and went to university to study Illustration. I wouldn’t say university is necessary but it is good. It gets you working to deadline and gives you briefs like you would when working professionally. It lets you experiment and makes you work within different genres of Illustration. Life drawing classes were invaluable for me for figurative drawing. You also get opportunities to exhibit, speak with practising professionals and collaborate with peers. But I would say it is down to you and your work and determination at the end of the day.
Most of all enjoy it. You have to make your heart happy. Don’t be afraid of changing your mind or changing how you work. I’ve altered many things about what I do and I’m sure I’ll continue to do so. You’ll learn and change a lot as you grow up and as your work develops. I don’t have one specific thing I want to do, I guess I have a list. But I think keeping open and interested is valuable. I’m still new to it all too. I hope this has helped. All the best. Feel free to talk to me again and ask anything else. You can even show me your work if you decide to put it online :)