This video marks the first in a series of me asking questions people send me via DM on Instagram. (I’m @katiedraws on there.)
Louise recently asked:
My question for you is: How can I get the ball rolling in terms of developing my creative skills? Are there books or courses or artists that you recommend? What kind of creative career paths are there? Is there anything you would have done differently?
In a way, you could see this as an opportunity for yourself to reflect on whether there is anything you would have done differently or anything you wish you have done
Thank you for your question, Louise! I hope the video below helps.
All of these resources are things I have tried and paid for, and I do not receive any money for you clicking the link. I’m just a creative helping out fellow creatives.
The AOI (Association of Illustrators) I’m a proud member and recommend membership to all illustrators. They’re great for pricing queries, contracts, legal information and they regularly run useful workshops for illustrators.
#walktosee = a wonderful hashtag to follow on Instagram for observational drawing. Started by illustrator Helen Stephens. Go outside and draw! It’s free and it’s brilliant.
Lilla Rogers MATS courses. Some are better than others. Great if you are very stuck in a rut and need something to bust you out of feeling uninspired.
Austin Kleon. His books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work are wonderful.
Lisa Congdon’s book Art Inc is a firm favourite on my bookshelf.
I found the ancient book I got off Amazon years ago! Here it is. “Illustration 101” by Max Scratchmann.
Skillshare - mini online courses on pretty much anything creative. I’ve never been a proper member but I have taken advantage of their ‘99p for 3 months’ offers in the past.
Also worth a mention:
Orange Beak Studio - run by Pam Smy, Ness Wood and Maisie Paradise Shearing, these workshops are great. I attended the Picture Book 2 day course at the Old School Gallery in Alnmouth and I found it very helpful and inspiring. Look out for them at Bologna Children’s book Fair if you are attending in April.
If you have a question that you’d like me to answer, feel free to send me a direct message over on Instagram, or use my contact form here.