***A blog for a landscape company in Santa Cruz, Ca. One of the few blogs I've seen at a landscape website. They are using this blog to promo their work and it looks much better than the typical static landscape website. Kudos to Silver Tree Designs.
***In 2008 Quebec city will be celebrating their 400th anniversary. One of the big parts of the celebration will be the Ephemeral Gardens:
EPHEMERAL GARDENS AT THE HEART OF THE FESTIVITIES
The Ephemeral Gardens will be an artistic event where creators from different horizons are invited to bring an artistic viewpoint on the major themes of Québec City's 400th anniversary. This viewpoint will be expressed through creator gardens : outdoor creations using mediums that combine different elements, including plant materials.
If you think you got a great ephermal design in you, go here to look at their call for proposals.
***The website for the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a good one. It is definitely worth a look.
***Finally, a list. This is a list of things a freelance illustrator has learned over 17 years of working as a . . . freelancer. I find this appropriate because I am a frelancer/consultant/self-employed kind of guy. All 17 are good advice, or great common sense reminders, but I think this is my favorite:
- Dealing With People's Questions.
You will have interesting questions posed to you as a freelancer. Some
people have ideas that all freelancers are of the of fuzzy slippers and
jammy pant wearing, constant soap opera watching or constantly sleeping
variety. There is really no solution to this line of questioning other
than to answer their questions as honestly (not defensively) as
possible. After awhile, they should see that you are a diligent worker
who might have a slightly different schedule than most, but who still
punches a "time-clock". Be patient, the comments will eventually stop.
- #18 - Don't use orange font to display something meaningful
- 1.) Always get a jump on a job. If you procrastinate because you have a generous deadline, you may end up having to turn down other work that comes in when you're up against it.
- 4.) I would underline your point #4 about "attitude." The art director is generally under a great deal of stress. When you get last-minute or seemingly arbitrary changes, or stinging criticisms, accept them cheerfully. Never express the irritation you may feel. The extent to which you can do this will go a long way toward creating successful long-term relationships. Some art directors have poor people skills. If you're one of the illustrators they feel comfortable dealing with, you'll be amply rewarded.
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