Becoming a Professional Illustrator in 1 Year – Interview & Tutorial

In this live stream, we have Joanna Varró and she’s going to share how to improve your illustration skills by simplifying the creative process to make drawing easy. She’s also going to showcase how to show feelings in your illustrations to connect with your audience on an emotional level.

Joanna is a brand strategist and an illustrator. She specializes in the mental health and education industry because she believes that both should be more accessible to everyone.

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Branding and Illustration

Books Mentioned:
Start With Why
The power of self confidence
The courage to be disliked
Delivered from distraction
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The art of therapy

00:00 – Start
02:00 – to make something good, you need to make it bad first*
10:00 – you are the concept
13:40 – Feel the feelings, feelings help you illustrate
22:00 – Make your life easy*
26:00 – Show up everyday*
27:50 – How did Joanna show up everyday
50:03 – don’t be afraid of copying to learn, give credit*
55:00 – get rid of the problem
1:13:00 – How Joanna got her first client
1:16:00 – What made Joanna get switch from branding to illustration
1:20:00 – How much does Joanna charge for illustration**
1:23:00 – How to come up with your own style*
1:25:00 –  is there a market for more simple designs in comparison to more complicated realistic ones?
1:29:00 – Have an idea cooler

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