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Today’s world for creatives has changed over the years, but what advice would you offer someone hoping for a similar career to yourself?

It’s always important to look at what’s been published and decide which style your work would fit certain publishers. Have a nice variety of work in you portfolio – cover mock-ups, black and white figures, children, animals. The icing on the cake would be a picture book dummy you hope will get published. Send out A5 postcards with image and contact details on the front. Art directors like to file these or put on their wall. Try and get appointments and advice from art directors and visit the book fairs. Also Contact Illustrators is a great source book to show your work. These days I have a brilliant agent (The Bright Group) so you could look at illustration agents, but again make sure your work fits in with what they do. Enjoy what you do, be patient and hard work will pay off. I must add that I still get rejections and still have to redo art. (via Interview with Published Illustrator and Printmaker Kay Widdowson « Business Boom Bolton)

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