It’s tempting to display only my best, finished artwork on this website; however, the freelance illustration biz is teaching me that rough, loose sketches can often win a potential client.
I use “quickie” sketches to audition for a project. I use “quickie” sketches to develop or clarify a character for a client. I use “quickie” sketches to “storyboard” a book’s layout and find the rhythm of artwork with text.
The ability to sketch quickly yet engagingly may be as important to a freelancer’s career as the skill of refined illustration.
To the right is a page of “quickie” sketches for a client who advertised “fanciful B&W drawings to accompany short stories for young children…angry spider, sadly broken clock, dancing statue, mischievous elf, lazy horse, emperor with goat ears, smug hippo…” The client loved the sketches.
Here’s another “quickie” requested by a client: a boy riding a dinosaur.
Sometimes I wish that there was more time, and money, available for complex illustrations– I DO love detail–however, I’ve often discovered that my drawing style is actually improved by having to work quickly and loosely on many projects.
Sometimes the “quickies” have more expression than an illustration that is detailed and perhaps a bit “overworked”. Sometimes a “quickie” hits the spot.