Be more commercial

Clients' budgets may have been crunched, but if you apply a bit of commercial acumen there are plenty of options to supplement your bread-and-butter design work, while also building a name for yourself in new markets.

"Whenever I do a personal piece, I always consider how I can use it later on in a paid project," reveals Joshua Smith, the man behind Florida-based studio Hydro74. "I often find ways to reuse various assets and include them in new pieces. It saves time on an illustration, while helping to create a Hydro74 feel."

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