Last week, I had my first taste of what it is like to be an illustrator. An illustrator who draws for other people from sun up to sun down, fending off hand cramps and the twinge of carpal tunnel to meet deadlines. An illustrator who gets to add a big name to their list of clients. A really, really big name. But it wasn’t as fun or as easy as I imagined it would be. It was brutally hard work that had me so stressed, my intestines were in knots for the entire week. Ugh.
That’s why this morning, I’m going out into the nearby woods on a long hike with my boyfriend. I need the release and the chance to just breath in some pine and probably some gnats to clear my head (although if there are swarms of gnats, they might do the opposite).
I’ve learned that I don’t have what it takes to be an illustrator full-time for other people. I need to learn more negotiation and communication skills to be sure I know EXACTLY what the client wants before I start so that I don’t play the ‘tweaking game’ for 2 days straight. Was it worth it in the end? Of course. Did they love it in the end? Yes. But did I have as much fun as I thought I would? Not exactly. However, I see this as an amazing learning opportunity to make sure I do things better the next time.
While I can’t share what the big project was until it’s officially published, I can give you this sneak peek at another project I’m working on for a San Francisco designer.
I have so many things to draw this week but now that the big project is off my plate, I feel a lot freer. While the time put into a big project is daunting and sometimes frustrating, seeing the end product always makes up for it.