My awesome Red Lemon Club subscribers have been sending me career pains, struggles and gripes in large numbers over the past four years. There are many things we as creatives struggle with, are confused by and just plain don’t understand.
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There is no doubt that as a wider society, we are putting more emphasis on more than ever before.
I think when it comes to organisations that have had the most influence on creative professionals over the last few years, you would be hard-pressed to fail to mention creative work platform: Behance, and it’s ‘educational arm,’ 99U, both now part of Adobe.
With so many products and services flying around out there, you’d do well to stand out to attract the fans and buyers who need you. People are responding to this with various forms of self promotion and getting the word out there.
Even if the word itself is a little trite, the basic meaning behind it is solid enough for the purpose of this conversation. Anyone working as a creative who works for themselves and initiates their own projects, which I imagine is most of you, can be thought of as such.
I’ve had the privilege of seeing and hearing Beardyman (Darren Foreman) - a supremely talented London-based human beatboxer and creator of sound – play a few times in venues in and out of London.
This is a quick giveaway for a free ticket to the Nottingham, UK-based Zero2Illo Illustration conference in October 2013, which looks to help illustrators accelerate their illustration careers with insights into income streams, promotion and more. Tickets are on sale until September 1st 2013.
All professions and forms of craft require people to feel good to do their best work. This is particularly profound amongst us creative souls, where emotion and the mood we’re in play a huge part in our output.
I want to talk about why, in most cases, people are wrong to resist the idea. I’m taking a gulp, because I know this could prove to be a contentious topic of discussion, but something I believe is true, and often ignored.
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In the summer of 2012, I was hired to work with Google in their Mountain View HQ (now remotely) as an illustrator.
I recently asked one of my favourite comic artists, Grant Snider of ‘Incidental Comics‘, to create a comic for Red Lemon Club. A lot of his work looks at creativity and creative people, so I felt it a must to bring his perspective to RLC. I was pleased when he happily obliged.
You work hard at creating pieces of art, design, writing, music, song and dance. But do people truly like what you do? If you want to do well, earn and survive in this industry, it’s quite important that at least a few people do.
I first came across Philippines-based illustrator and designer Dan Matutina’s distinct work many years ago. His hard-edged, original and absorbing creations drew me in, and I featured his earlier stuff on my other site Ape on the Moon.