Take this, for example:
It is well worth reading.What does it take for a young illustrator to be successful today?
There are 2 main things, I think.The first is my blunt opinion: you have to be good. Don't waste your time if you don't have the talent and/or motivation. No amount of promos, websites, mailers, new items in your portfolio will do you any good if the work is not up to snuff.That said. You don’t need to be the Second Coming of illustration. You just have to be able to make something someone can use. Many people are tripped up by never putting their work out into the world because they are crippled by fear. Which doesn’t make sense because if you thought your chances of success were low before, they are most definitely ZERO now. But I suppose that’s the point. You can’t really “fail” if you never try… that’s a very common attitude.
Jillian Tamaki's website is here. And her blog is here. Both are great, but on her blog you can see her experimenting with things outside of her usual "style," which is fascinating. Plus you can look at her quilts. (Quilts!)
In other news, I just learned about a (relatively) new and ostensibly fun lecture series here in Toronto called Nerd Nite - tonight's topics are (1) microchips and (2) how America's history was influenced by bars. It could be promising...? Anyone here in Toronto want to come with?