RECENTLY I was faced with a problem - I had to commission a monthly illustration for my magazine on a very tight budget. After a small amount time of calling in favours with artists I'd previously worked with I decided to take a different approach...
One night I was at my old University's grad show private view when I had a great idea. How about turning this monthly illustration into a platform where new talent could showcase their work? It could be used to give emerging illustrators a chance to be published professionally and to add to their portfolio.
Sure, it's meant a little more work for me, scouting grad shows for new talent, planning ahead so I can allow them a little extra time than an experienced illustrator or a spending a few extra minutes writing a more detailed brief, but on the whole its been totally worth it. Every graduate I've worked with hasn't disappointed and I am always excited to see what they've come up with!
Not only that, but I've found the graduates I've commissioned professional, willing to give 100% and excited for a paid published opportunity. I also feel like I've built some talented connections for the future.
Here's a couple I've commissioned so far. I hope other people will be inspired to give new talent a chance - I'd gladly commission either of these artists again! L