Master of all trades

Have you ever turned down a job because you didn't have the necessary skills? Clients are increasingly expecting more from freelancers as new design projects criss-cross different media platforms. It's why many illustrators and designers are keen to boost their creative know-how by trying out new things such as animation, 3D modelling and web design. This typically means jumping in at the deep-end with new software, such as Cinema 4D, Maya, 3dsMax, After Effects, HTML or Flash. But it's not as hard as you might think and the long-term rewards usually outweigh any short-term pain.

Crucially, diversifying to pick up new skills can open up new commercial possibilities. "I've always believed in an on-going education", says illustrator Ben O'Brien, who studied animation at university and originally started his career as an animator. "Around six years ago, I started becoming interested in what people were doing with Adobe Illustrator. So I got myself a copy and dived in to see what could be done. I was amazed. For a couple of months I dedicated all my spare time to learning it inside-out, while at the same time building up a portfolio of illustration work completely separate to my day job.

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