I've been trying to send out "cold-call" style emails to ADs lately in an attempt to break into the world of professional illustration. My problem is that in a lot of cases, no contact email is listed for the AD, even if their name is listed (for example, in a company masthead). I'm really stumped as to how to find contact info for many of these people (and, yes, I have tried to google them all). Any tips?
Send them something in the mail.
How do you choose colors when starting an artwork? :)))
I guess I don’t, really. The reference gathering process will usually reveal something interesting that I can get excited about. Value(how dark or light, the tone of a shape) is far more important to me than color.
Hi Sam, my name is Thinh Nguyen and am an illustration graduate from California State University, Fullerton. Just wanted to say I'm a big fan of your work and really dig your "Your Dreams My Nightmares" Podcasts. If you have a moment, I was wondering how you feel about promoting one's illustrations through social media--primarily Facebook and Instagram (which I feel are presently the "big ones"). I guess I have an aversion to these kinds of networks, and curious what your thoughts are. Thanks!
One has to share their work somehow, although I don’t think the method is all that important. Would you rather print postcards or zines and mail them to people you would like to work with and admire? Would you rather participate in conventions and shows? Would you rather approach galleries about exhibiting your work? Social media is simple and inexpensive, but by no means the only way to reach an audience. Most people find success through a combination of things. If facebook isn’t for you, I wouldn’t worry about it, I kind of think it’s garbage myself. That does however mean you need to use other methods to share what you do with the world, and some of those methods will inevitably be online. Although a little pride is healthy, self-promotion is at it’s core a dehumanizing and innately pathetic endeavor that most successful artists have found some way to stomach or enjoy.
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