WHOA WHOA hold up, a discussion in Kingston Uni? In which my work was mentioned? MY Kingston Uni?
uuuuuh *messages you privately*
Anyway….. I had a lot written already and tumblr ate my text. Fuck. The gist of it was, your work seems to be pretty good, so you’ve got that covered, now you just need to
1) figure out who would hire you to do the type of illustration you want to do
2) send them e-mails/postcards/flowers/all of the above to let them you know you exist
Really, that’s basically it, a matter of putting in the time to do this regularly - research and collect data that you can use. I’ve gotten into this habit: whenever I check out someone’s work and they mentioned who/what they did for, I add this info to a handy google doc I keep. Did they do something cool for a magazine? Do they mention the name of the Art Director? Look them up, add it to the spreadsheet and send them a postcard when it’s postcard time. That’s why I think it’s really cool when illustrators add the AD’s name to their work descriptions and I to to do the same.
If you’re at a loss of where to start, the AOI directories could be a good start. If you think the price is a bit steep, you can always go halfsies with an illustrator friend, that’s what I did. I built up from that list with my own research.
(And pro-tip - when doing this, be self aware. Try to contact people who would use the type of work you produce. A well-aimed batch of 20 postcards may wield better results of 100 randomly sent ones.)
I hope this helped. I’m only starting out myself, so I’m not exactly a gold mine of wisdom. But regardless, good luck! :)