Eamo’s weekly top ten tips #2

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Published:  May 22, 2012
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Eamo’s weekly top ten tips #2

In this regular weekly series, Melbourne-based illustrator Eamo Donnelly will be giving out his top tips for those starting out in the creative industry (or those just needing a bit of motivation and inspiration).

If you missed last week’s tips here they are. Thanks to Eamo, here are this week’s ten…

Tip #11
Always ask for more money. Usually you will get more, if not there is no harm in asking. You are always worth more than the budget.

Tip #12
Always fight for a credit line and ask for complimentary copies of your printed work. Archiving is important for self reference.

Tip #13
If you hate what you submit for final art, lose sleep over looking bad, miss the deadline, the project might end up winning awards

Tip #14
You don’t need rented studio space to create great work, my best work was done in a dingy corner of a one bedroom flat for three years.

Tip #15
If you are an illustrator and you can afford rented studio space illustrating without a supplement income, you are rare. I can’t.

Tip #16
Never sign over full rights to a work, only ‘usage’ rights e.g. six month editorial, print / online, the territory e.g. North America.

Tip #17
The world will either love or hate what you do, let the hate drive you, hate is better than indifference. Love is a bonus.

Tip #18
Last tip refers to my ‘Australiana’ imagery. Lots of laughs and cringing from majority, small percent of love made it all worth it.

Tip #19
Blur the lines between all creative disciplines – exhibit in group shows, do tee’s, print work, ad campaigns, no typecasting.

Tip #20
It’s one thing to be able to draw well, it’s another thing to have the ability to evoke emotion, and convey ideas. I can draw well.

Illustration by Eamo Donnelly: ’20 Bands you must see this Summer’ Jmag AUS. January 2010 – Full Page feature article. Selected as a question in the 2010 Australian Year 12 VCE Studio Arts Exam paper.

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