- social network,
- sites for a portfolio of freelancers,
- creative online stores
- online art galleries,
- your website, blog, store.
What is an illustration? An illustration is a schematic recognizable image of objects on a plane. The word illustration itself reflects the somewhat applied nature of such drawings, they are usually used to illustrate some text (book, magazine, website, advertisement, etc.). The illustrations themselves are usually sketches on paper, which are then digitalized to be sold or sent to the customer (well, or simply downloaded to the Internet and shown to the whole world on social networks / on their website). Despite the fact that illustrations have an applied meaning, this does not mean that the illustrator is not a true artist and his works alone do not play a role. If an illustrator does interesting work, then zines, comics, and collections of illustrations are released, you can create your own online gallery where fans of your works will come in and delight your eyes. You can illustrate any objects of the real, virtual or fictional world. The main thing is that the illustration is understandable to the viewer and carries your personality. How can I draw illustrations? Illustrations are usually created with watercolors, colored pencils, markers, gouache or acrylic. Mascara, liner or isograph is often used for drawing. Someone likes to draw with a simple pencil or pen. There are illustrators who specialize in individual techniques – calligraphy, pastel, manga, comics, food and so on. Unexpected materials can be used – nail polishes, sparkles, multi-colored inks and much more. In principle, illustrations can be done with anything (probably, except for oil paints). How to create illustrations in your own unique style? On how to find my own style in drawing, I already made a separate post. Here I just add that the search for your style can really take quite a while, because finding yourself is not easy. But this does not mean that until you have found your style, you cannot make illustrations or even sell them. There are many illustrators who do not have a special recognizable style, but nevertheless create high-quality and sought-after works. The main thing is not to worry if you do not yet know what the feature of your drawings is. Gradually, the more you draw, the more likely you yourself will notice the similarities between your works. This similarity is what is called the “artist’s style.” How to sell illustrations on the Internet? After you have practiced drawing, got a portfolio (at least 10-20 decent works), studied Photoshop at a basic level and learned how to photograph your illustrations and bring them into a view accessible for downloading on the Internet, you can start looking for options for implementing your drawings on global online illustration market. In this post, I focus on hand-drawn illustrations, but, of course, there is an option to draw immediately in digital format on a tablet or do vector graphics. Where can I make money on my drawings? Let’s highlight some of the main places on the Internet where there may be buyers of your work, these are: