5 dos and don'ts for new illustrators

Illustration is hot right now, but that doesn't mean finding success is easy. Knowing how to draw and having the right digital art software isn't enough. Here, London-based Irish artist Claudine O'Sullivan (who has since moved to Scotland), Karan Singh, who has worked everywhere from Tokyo to Sydney and is now based in Amsterdam, and Scott Bakal from Massachusetts discuss how they made it in this competitive industry. 

The good news is there are some simple dos and don'ts to set you on the right track and get you the portfolio and the clients you're after. Read on to find out their advice for breaking into illustration. 

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at T3.com, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.