Get out there and network
“My main tool for finding new talent is artists I already work with,” says Sarah Robinson, managing art director at Paizo. “On their blogs, websites and social pages you can see who they like or follow. It’s a great resource for me. Sometimes I spend days on art websites like ArtStation. Also I attend many conventions, such as Spectrum Live and the Society of Illustrators. I also go to the World Fantasy and World Science Fiction cons. The Illustration Master Class is one of the most useful and enjoyable weeks of my year. I wouldn’t tell anyone to go who’s more interested in finding work than in simply getting better, but people make career-enhancing connections there and business training is definitely part of the curriculum.”
To find new talent I look at artists I work with – their blogs, websites and social pages – and see who they like or follow
the order of deacons
Karla Ortiz’s cover for Philippa Ballantine’s The Order of Deacons was her first commission for a major publisher.