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010 FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS

The Illustration Underground is back with Season 2! This is the episode where we talk about what we’ve been up to since last episode, industry muckity mucks, Star Wars, more on fan art, illustration quality, fighting for your rights, the US debt, and much much more.

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009 YOU GOTTA WATCH YOUR ASS
This episode we delve into contracts. Sounds boring right? If you answered “YES” you obviously don’t take this very seriously, so go elsewhere if you’re looking to be inspired. We breakdown the essentials on how to make a clear contract that makes your life (and your clients) much easier. Stay crucial!

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008 LIVING IN DARKNESS

In this episode, we discuss making the initial contact with clients or potential clients as smooth and full of information as possible so that no one is living in darkness.


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007 DEFENDERS

This week we do a bit of a critique of a modern comic. Even though this show isn’t really about comics, the art form shares many aspects with the world of illustration. We go into aesthetic, composition and color concerns with this garish piece of corporate dreck.

We also spotlight prolific illustrator Jack Davis, who has done work for Playboy, EC Comics, Mad Magazine and Time Magazine among others.

And lastly, help me get to Portland to witness the birth of the next generation of illustrators with my "get to Portland" art sale! 

Be sure to stick around for a very important announcement at the end of the episode!
image The atrocity that is modern mainstream comics as discussed in the episode.
image The amazing work of Jack Davis.

FIGHT SOPA AND PIPA!

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 006 PAPERS, PLEASE!

We are back discussing our plans for the new year and why SOPA and PIPA are dangerous for illustrators as well as the rest of world.

Be sure to stick around for a very important announcement at the end of the episode!

FIGHT SOPA AND PIPA!

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005 PORTFOLIO SEASON

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, it’s portfolio season. In this episode we discuss what constitutes a strong portfolio and how to cater it toward whichever avenue of the illustration industry you’re looking to get into.

We also talk about the Hire An Illustrator service.

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004 AT WAR WITH PAIN AND SUFFERING

There are many adversaries in a professional freelance illustrator’s life, including pain and depression. In this episode, we talk about ways to combat those foes.

We’re also joined this week by our tool corespondent, Justin Stewart to spotlight a rad piece of drawing hardware: The Pentel Stylo.

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Kevin’s standing work station:

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003 RUNNING SCARED

The times…they are a changing. We discuss the publishing industry’s gradual change to digital distribution and what that means for us illustrators, followed by our thoughts on creating an efficient workflow to maximize your time and money. 

We’re also joined this week by our tool corespondent, Justin Stewart to spotlight a rad piece of drawing hardware: The Pilot Parallel Pen

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And checkout Kevin’s Totally Dad blog!

The Illustration Underground - 002 What Can An Illustrator Do During A Depression?
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002 WHAT CAN AN ILLUSTRATOR DO DURING A DEPRESSION?

In these tough economic times with the fat cat one percenters stealing all the money, what can we do as illustrators when it can sometimes feel as if we are the 99% of the 99%? We discuss this and end on a positive note by talking about the fantastic art of Gene Deitch.

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…And now, please enjoy a selection of Gene Deitch’s work…

The Illustration Underground  - 001 Why Be an Illustrator?
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001 WHY BE AN ILLUSTRATOR?

Here’s our new show about working as an illustrator/cartoonist in the perplexing industry of freelance. We keep introductions brief, and go right into “Why become an illustrator?” and some other larger general ideas surrounding entering this field. We round out this episode with a deconstruction of a Craigslist “seeking artist” listing. Stay Rad!

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