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Sketches for an in progress commission I am currently working on. I’ve been listening to Sam Weber’s podcast “Your Dreams My Nightmares” for a while now while I work. If you’re a young Illustrator like me this podcast is an invaluable source of experience and inspiration, go on Itunes and download it, it’s free! One of the interesting things that was discussed on this particular episode were sketches, a lot of Illustrators don’t put enough emphasis on sketches (me included). I personally do a vast amount of quick sketches initially and then narrow it down to 3 or 4 that I want to show the client, so my sketches aren’t the prettiest, I do admit however that while listening to this particular episode I put more and more emphasis on the quality of my sketches. It’s extremely helpful for an up and coming Illustrator to have good quality initial sketches so that an art director who doesn’t have prior experience with you can rest easy. While many Illustrators are focused and excited about the finished product, art directors can’t see what’s in your head. You have to make that art director excited about your work and make his/her job easier by giving them confidence and peace of mind in regards to the assignment.

Sketches for an in progress commission I am currently working on.

I’ve been listening to Sam Weber’s podcast “Your Dreams My Nightmares” for a while now while I work. If you’re a young Illustrator like me this podcast is an invaluable source of experience and inspiration, go on Itunes and download it, it’s free! One of the interesting things that was discussed on this particular episode were sketches, a lot of Illustrators don’t put enough emphasis on sketches (me included). I personally do a vast amount of quick sketches initially and then narrow it down to 3 or 4 that I want to show the client, so my sketches aren’t the prettiest, I do admit however that while listening to this particular episode I put more and more emphasis on the quality of my sketches. It’s extremely helpful for an up and coming Illustrator to have good quality initial sketches so that an art director who doesn’t have prior experience with you can rest easy. While many Illustrators are focused and excited about the finished product, art directors can’t see what’s in your head. You have to make that art director excited about your work and make his/her job easier by giving them confidence and peace of mind in regards to the assignment.