A big break for a strugg ling artist

ImagineFX - - Artist Portfolio | Julie Dillon -

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

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