Remember my Verona map? I made that just for me. Nobody was paying me for it. I was there, I liked it, I had some good tips to share and I wanted to draw it. Plus I thought it would be a nice little extra for the blogpost on Verona, since we’re talking illustration and everything.
Of course I did show it (show your work!). I had it here on the blog and I posted it on Instagram and on Facebook. And exactly that landed me this new illustration job a few days later: an illustrated map of Gent for FD Persoonlijk, the weekend supplement of ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’ (the Dutch Financial Times). It’s a title I had never worked for before, so who knows what this new connection will bring in the future!
If you ever feel like you’re wasting time doing personal projects or you think it’s just for fun, think again.
So if you (or I, I should listen to my own advice more often…) ever feel like you’re wasting time doing personal projects or you think it’s just for fun, think again. You practice, you learn from it, you build a portfolio and you can put your work out there for potential clients to see. If nobody knows what you’re doing, how would they know it’s your door they need to knock on?
It’s in stores this weekend (in The Netherlands anyway). I ran to the store this morning to pick up a copy. Very happy to see how it turned out.
And now… I’m packing my bags to catch a flight to Italy tomorrow. We’ll be in Puglia for the next few weeks, checking out some of the villages and cities we’ve been researching. And hopefully find that one perfect spot. We’ll fly to Bari, spend one night in Foggia before we’re off to Vieste to explore the Gargano region. After a few days we’ll continue our trip further south. If you have any tips for us, please share them in the comments below!
I’ll be back in a few weeks with some photos and hopefully one of two juicy stories. Make sure to follow me on Instagram as I’ll be posting some travel pics there as I go.