Cartoonist Seeks to Get Noticed
Hey Papa Bear,
I am a freelance cartoon artist looking to get my name out there so I can start getting professional jobs. I have been a commissioned artist for many years and have recently Been submitting art pieces to various Furry convention books. I have also decided to start attending various conventions.
Do you know any magazines or something looking for character designers or contributors?
Maw or DM
* * *
You’re going about it the wrong way. If one is serious about becoming an illustrator, one doesn’t concern himself with getting his name “out there.” That does you no good. Go straight for the jugular, my friend, and start making professional contacts as soon as possible.
My suggestion would be for your to go to the Wikifur website and search for furry publishers. There are a few out there, such as Radio Comix and Mu Press that might be worth contacting. Next, write a query letter to their editors stating your experience and ambitions, and include samples of your work. Ask if they have any authors who might need illustrators to partner with.
Publishers usually are not looking for character designers so much as they are seeking reliable (i.e., business-like and professional) illustrators for books and comics.
If you are open to other opportunities outside the fandom, you might consider giving a look at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Illustrating children’s books can be a very rewarding profession. A professional organization such as the SCBWI can be a great boon to any budding illustrator. As an alternative, you might also try http://www.childrensillustrators.com/.
I’ve seen too many talented artists go nowhere because they feel the only game in town for them, because they are furry, is the fandom. A good illustrator is a good illustrator. If you wish to make a living doing what you love, do not limit yourself. And get your mind out of the idealistic world of “I am an artiste!” and treat this as a business because that’s what being a professional means.
Leave a Reply.
A note on comments: Comments on letters to Papabear are welcome, especially those that offer extra helpful advice and add something to the conversation that is of use to the letter writer and those reading this column. Also welcome are constructive criticisms and opposing views. What is NOT welcome are hateful, hurtful comments, flaming, and trolling. Such comments will be deleted from this site. Thank you.