Is Being an Illustrator Stressful? How to Deal with Problems You May Have

Like many professions, being an illustrator can be stressful.  Depending on your situation, stress can be brought on by tight deadlines, lack of money, artist’s block or difficult clients. Illustrators can prevent or mitigate stress by actively working towards improving the following: Communication Time management Spending habits Planning ahead Exercise Sleep In this article we … Read more

How to Get Your First Illustration Job (With 2 Important Things)

Sooo you have just finished your illustration / design course or perhaps you are contemplating pursuing a new career as an illustrator. The logical step now is to break into the illustration industry. If you are wondering how to get your first illustration job, you will need two things: A high-quality portfolio and customers who … Read more

Why Are Cartoon Ducks Yellow?

If you search online for “Cartoon Duck”, you’ll find that the vast majority of the search results are pictures of yellow ducks.  Which makes me wonder – Why are cartoon ducks yellow? There are two main reasons: Cartoonists often choose yellow because they are influenced by the classic rubber duck design. Yellow helps the cartoonists … Read more

How Was Mickey Mouse Created?

These days, Disney is everywhere! (I mean, even more so after they bought the rights to intellectual property of the likes of Star Wars and Marvel). I’m not even sure Walt himself would believe how ubiquitous and influential Disney has become. And it was all started by a mouse. Which made me wonder… “How was … Read more

Why Do Cartoons Have 4 Fingers?

Have you ever watched your favourite animated TV show and wondered “Why do cartoons have 4 fingers?”. There are three key reasons: it’s quicker to draw it’s easier to draw it’s cheaper to animate It’s just more efficient to draw one fewer finger when animating cartoon characters. It still looks relatively natural to the viewer … Read more

What Software Do Digital Artists Use?

Art has come a long way since our pre digital days. Artworks that were once created using ink and paper, paint and canvas, can now be replaced by the much faster digital art mediums of tablets, computers and software. In this article, we’re gonna focus on that last one – Software! (The glue that binds … Read more