A big break for a strugg ling artist
Julie was ready to give up her art dreams and go back to a life in retail, when a career-changing commission came in…
Julie struggled to find work as a fledgling freelancer. “My first ever gig with Paizo Publishing was a major career milestone. I was just on the verge of having to give up and go back to working retail when finally I heard back from the art directors for Dragon Magazine.”
The magazine required several simple quarter-page character designs for a feature. But there was one problem. “The deadline was tighter than anything I’d worked on before, but I did the work quickly and decently enough, and the company ended up giving me work for the next few years.
“Having that experience eventually opened up new opportunities for me at larger publishers like Wizards of the Coast and Tor Books, both of which I wouldn’t have been qualified for without all the hard work I did for Paizo.”
“This started out as me challenging myself to do something with a more muted colour palette, but evolved into a full illustration.” “These were my first commissions with Paizo Publishing, which really helped get my career going.” “This was originally a private commission by Kate Elliott, and we ended up using it as a cover on her career retrospective anthology.” “I really liked the idea of a huge ancient robot just floating in space – in this case, in orbit around a red giant.”
Red Giant The Very Best of Ka te Elliott
Elliptic Paizo Comm iss ions