Category Archives: Advice for Aspiring Illustrators

Various article about the business of freelance illustration

Dilation Exercise 91

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest … Continue reading

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Alan M. Clark’s Advice for Aspiring Illustrators, Part 5

Professionalism In all that you do in your illustration business, show professionalism. Don’t be a slob. Organize your life. The flaky artist rarely succeeds. Society’s “temperamental artist” is a stereotype. You don’t want to be a stereotype, do you? Make … Continue reading

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Art from Pure Imagination—Inventing Light and Shadow

When inventing subject matter without the aid of reference images in drawing and painting, there are a few assumptions based on my observations of the real world that I find useful. 1) All light travels in a straight line until … Continue reading

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What They Didn’t Teach Me in Art School

by Alan M. Clark, Jill Bauman, Chad Savage, and Steven C. Gilberts The names of the artist in this post are links to their websites. Alan M. Clark— I have a degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, … Continue reading

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Alan M. Clark’s Advice for Aspiring Illustrators, Part 4

Working Freelance as an Illustrator Many of us see the prospect of being a self-employed artist as a great adventure. As young artists we often develop both a glowing, idealistic picture of what it is like to work freelance, and … Continue reading

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Alan M. Clark’s Advice for Aspiring Illustrators, Part 3

Perceived Value A key issue when trying to sell your artwork and artistic abilities is PERCEIVED VALUE. (On this issue, I will at first speak the obvious, but bear with me, please.) Artwork has no monetary value until someone gives … Continue reading

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Alan M. Clark’s Advice for Aspiring Illustrators, Part 2

If there is a company you want to work for, try to make an appointment with the art director (in some cases this will be an editor or even the publisher) and go see that person so they can look … Continue reading

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