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AOI Webinar: Taking Charge and Starting out as an Illustrator


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Back by popular demand! We are proud to bring you a webinar for students, graduates and very new illustrators about to enter the illustration industry.

A successful illustration career doesn’t happen from one day to another, and definitely not spontaneously. While creating a strong body of work is important, communication and consistency are also key. This affordable webinar is specifically designed for students, graduates and illustrators at the very beginning of their careers. Presented by AOI Senior Assistant Marianna Madriz, we will cover the following:

  • The importance of being proactive and investing in order to grow.
  • Key questions to bear in mind when promoting yourself and your portfolio.
  • Nurturing your website and social media.
  • Researching and contacting the clients you really want to work with.
  • Developing a presence online and (eventually) offline.

This talk will draw from personal experience and showcase examples of other industry professionals, sharing practical tips you can start putting into practice during COVID19. After the talk, a short Q&A session will follow.

Marianna Madriz is an Illustrator based in London originally from Venezuela. After graduating from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2014, she’s gone on to work on a range of editorial and publishing projects, with clients including Laurence King, Vauxhall Corsa, AQUILA Magazine and more. As well as freelancing, she assists many members on a weekly basis at the AOI. She’s currently working (from home) on her 4th illustrated children’s book.


Please note that this webinar is mainly for students, recent graduates and very new illustrators.


Tuesday 28 July 2020 5pm – 6pm GMT

Price: £7 non members / £5 members

Illustration by Marianna Madriz for the AOI.