Earn more as an illustrator

Advertising, publishing and the media - they're all big businesses involving plenty of money. For freelance illustrators in this milieu it can be scary. Confidence is the key. Belief in your ability to create unique work, charging what it's worth and not being intimidated by big businesses: this is the way forward.

The number one thing an illustrator can do to earn more is to get an agent. Some might say they're parasitic, but that's a na¯ve perspective. Illustrators with agents make more money. "When I joined Thorogood Illustration in 2003 I certainly began to get larger commissions," says illustrator Andy Potts. "My income did take a welcome boost from this, and I began to understand fee structure more and apply that knowledge to my commissions."

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