5 steps to becoming an editorial illustrator

Along with creativity, flexibility and freedom, one of the best things about working as an illustrator is the broad range of specialist areas. One of the largest is editorial illustration; this type of illustrator creates illustrations for magazines and newspapers and because they are generally weekly or monthly that means regular and varied work for an illustrator.

I have been a commissioner of illustration for BBC Magazines as well as working as an editorial illustrator. Having experienced the industry from both sides I have gained a good insight into how to forge a decent career, here is what I have learnt along the way.

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