Anke grew up near Hannover in Germany and has been living in London since 2001. She studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art and Kingston University.
Since graduating in 2005 she has been working as a freelance illustrator. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, books, advertising, on t-shirts and greeting cards. Drawing is her favourite thing in the world!
Anke Says about Social media:
I work from home which I love, because it allows concentrate on my work without distractions. But I love logging onto Twitter during coffee break and have a little ‘office chat’ with other illustrators. It’s a nice way to see what everybody is working on, moan about tight deadlines & the weather or share links to inspiring websites.
Katey-Jean Harvey is an illustrator based in London. Her work is often narrative based, creating a world where grumpy girls in cute dresses can sulk about boys and hang out with skeletons and sausage dogs. She is fond of thin paint brushes, grey paper and sneaking cats into all of my pictures.
Katey says about social media:
Twitter, Flickr and blogspot have become part of my day to day practise. I started off with flickr when I was at university and couldn’t afford a website. Before then, the sheer horror or showing people my work almost killed me, but it was amazing to upload a new picture and see that people would be giving it the thumbs up, it really gave me a push to carry on. I recently got going with twitter and I love the constant fountain of inspiration, honesty and insight it provides.
I like how a little illustrator like me can have such open access to people in the industry and other artists, it makes the whole thing a lot less stuffy and means I’ve stumbled upon lots of projects I wouldn’t ever have known about. So far it’s been a great way to make new connections.. as well as adding a new site to the procrastination list. Uh oh..
Oliver Lake is an illustrator of children’s books and limited edition prints.
Oliver says about social media:
The main pleasure I get from twitter is finding people who tweet about things that interest me, (whether it be links to illustration, animation, film, music etc). These are the finds that I treasure and normally re-tweet, as I’m happy to have found something I like, or that I’ve never seen before. I’m not a master of self promotion and I wouldn’t feel comfortable using twitter only to promote or talk about myself. However, I do also use it to tweet about whenever I’ve finished a new piece of work and now and then to advertise my shop.
Overall then…. as well as its obvious uses of networking and promotion, for me twitter is a useful tool for searching out and finding new inspiration!
Thanks to this weeks three tweeting illustrators. As well as being talented visual communicators they all make good use of social media (not just twitter), self initiated projects and blogging to promote themselves and their work. All very talented and proactive people. To get involved with creaturemag just drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally posted 2011-01-25 10:36:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter