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Episode Info: Shane Madden is an award winning illustrator and cover artist from Toronto, Canada.  He has illustrated for books, magazines, and games including NY Times best sellers.  He participates in workshops, online communities, and he teaches illustration at a college level.  He is also the founder of the Illustration Lighthouse. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/shanemadden In this episode, Shane discusses: -His experience in going to art school and being initially overwhelmed. -Technical illustration and what that means. -The false idea of the “Field of Dreams” art career, where if you build it, they will come. -Building a portfolio around the type of work that you want to do, and taking the confusion away from the art directors that will be looking at your portfolio. -How someone like James Jean’s portfolio isn’t something you should try to emulate if you are looking for work, as he is simply showcasing his work. -His advice to not try to do multiple things at once, but instead start with the first thing you want to get going and then add on as you become competent. -The power of having your own website and the dangers of people wandering somewhere else when you send them to your profile on social media sites. -The idea of investing in your art career, even if that means spending money to take a trip with interviews lined up. -Putting something in your portfolio that you are able to comfortably talk about so that you will appear knowledgeable. -The three different types of artists and how they develop an audience and make money. -How many different kinds of jobs that are available to artists that you might never have thought about before. -His advice for artists who haven’t made a cent from their work to start making money. -To not work for free – to at least get something from your time and talent (and publicity doesn’t count). -His math formula for determining if your time is better spent looking for creative work than working at an unrelated job. -How yoRead more »

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