Get out there and net­work

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“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.

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