Gaining Job Training for Freelance Illustrator Jobs

Freelance illustrator jobs are obtained as a result of career experience, based on skills. Skills training is critical in terms of career progression in terms of the ability to even compete for jobs in this very demanding, portfolio-based profession.

Freelance Illustration Job Experience Issues

Extremely good illustrators do often get a quick start on the basis of their natural skills. However, as a freelancer you really can’t just assume that you can do any illustration job that comes along, and this is a particularly fussy market. To become a freelance illustrator, you need a portfolio of commercially successful illustrations.

The illustration career progression isn’t necessarily a straightforward process. Freelance illustrators generally work in a range of roles in graphic art, and to become illustrators have to both study illustration formally and do a lot of work in the field, traditionally through publishers but also through other media.

The real problem is getting enough working experience as an illustrator to operate as a freelancer and get jobs on the basis of your own published works. The typical graphic artist who wants to get into illustration may find getting the right experience a bit difficult. Illustration is actually advanced fine art, often for senior artists in commercial illustration. That limits the early experience to basic training and basic roles.


Getting Job Experience

Fortunately, professional illustrators are always very highly motivated people, and their talent usually pushes them through the obstacle course of their early careers. They also usually get some help from professional illustrators who know what they’re going through.

The average early career graphic art jobs are a mixed bag of types of media and types of work, but there are frequent opportunities for getting really useful experience in illustration-related roles and jobs for truly talented artists. The usual career path is a progressive assembly of commercial jobs at various degrees of proficiency, leading up to full illustration work.

For example:

If you’re working as a trainee graphic artist, your normal work is staged-development based, using your existing skills and qualifications. You need more experience, and much more range in your skills development for illustration.

The extra work  experience types you need in these jobs are illustration basics like line drawing and subject drawing for publication. These are fundamental commercial illustration techniques. Some types of drawing, like commercial drawing for advertising or other single frame subject pictures, are also very useful in gaining the required proven skills and important experience in the techniques.

Training jobs and internships are particularly good for expanding your skills in this type of work, even if you’re an experienced professional artist, because you can concentrate on specific area and skills, and train on the required subjects.

The best way to get the experience you need is to systematically look for areas of work where you can produce work which meets the required standards for commercial illustration. Check the professional illustration sites, freelance sites, and other arts sites to follow up on leads for training and job opportunities.