Growing a Freelance Illustration Business

Learn how to grow a full-time freelance illustration business.

This on-demand program will give you life-time access to all of the workshop content, so you can participate on your own schedule.

Sign up now | $97

The goal of most freelance illustrators is to earn a full-time income from their work. This is not something that happens overnight.

It takes an average of three years for someone to begin earning consistent income from their freelance business. Why three years? Because freelance illustrators have to master many different elements of running their business, and the learning curve is incredibly high.

You have to find your style, build your portfolio, learn how to find client, make those clients happy and attract enough clients to earn the income you desire. The process can be overwhelming. The best way to fast-track the growth of your freelance illustration business is to learn from experienced full-time illustrators.

That is why we have brought together three established freelance illustrators to give you an inside look at how they built their business, and what they learned along the way.

This three-day live online workshop will give you the foundational knowledge you need to grow your freelance illustration business into a sustainable career.

We will cover:

– Developing your portfolio
– Using self-initiated projects to showcase your style
– Getting your illustrations featured on top design blogs
– Balancing art and business
– Finding an agent and landing clients

Sign up now | $97

About the instructors:

katievernon_pic1Katie Vernon is an illustrator who has spent most of her life in the midwest but whose heart belongs in the mountains. Her inspiration comes from being a florist, working with alpacas, and living on a bus. She’s worked with Ikea, The Land of Nod, Hallmark, Oopsy Daisy, and Chronicle Books; and has been featured on HGTV, Design*Sponge, and OhJoy! WebsiteInstagram







Sophie Dufresne is a Los Angeles based illustrator. She crated unique art to be licensed on products for marketing like gift, home décor, apparel, stationery, books and magazines. She was a top semi-finalist in Lilla Roger’s Global Talent Search, was featured as a new illustration talent in Uppercase Magazine and chosen for the group show at ICON8. WebsiteInstagram



Jill McDonald is a nationally recognized designer with a colorful, whimsical style that’s fresh, fun and unique. Jill graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in textile design. She went on to work for Baby Gap as a print stylist in Gap’s Manhattan, NY design headquarters before joining Hallmark Cards as an illustrator. In January 2004 Jill felt the time was right to strike out on her own and founded Jill McDonald Design. Jill illustrated many children’s books, created bedding collections, Scrapbooking lines, Christmas collections, Stationery collections & Wall art. After a few years of just creating the Art for her clients, Jill decided to try her hand at making her own products. With the help of some great companies, her dreams have become a reality. Today there are lots of exciting and colorful  products under the Jill McDonald Brand. Website Instagram



The Schedule:

Session One – Building Your Portfolio with Sophie Dufresne

Learn how to build a portfolio that will attract the type of illustration work you want, and get proven strategies for building a community around your work.

We Will Cover:

– Finding Your Niche & Developing your portfolio
– Using self-initiated projects to showcase your style
– Marketing Your Work on Social Media

Session Two – Finding Freelance Clients with Katie Vernon

Get an inside look at how a full-time illustrator built her freelance business from the ground up, and learn how to manage your career as it grows.

We Will Cover:

– Balancing art and business
– Managing freelance projects
– Finding an agent and landing clients

Session Three – Licensing Your Artwork with Jill Mcdonald

Explore how licensing can help you grow your freelance business, and learn how to get started on this exciting career path.

We Will Cover:

– Freelancing vs Licensing
– Creating Products from Your Artwork
– Getting Started Licensing Your Work

Sign up now | $97

This three-day live online workshop will give you access to:

3 Recorded Sessions

Our recorded workshop sessions allow you to work through this entire program on your own schedule, and our private Facebook group will give you a chance to connect with the other participants.

3 Daily Lessons

Each session includes a daily lesson packed with resources to help you put everything you learn into action.

Comprehensive workbook

All of the content is packaged into a downloadable comprehensive workbook that will give you lifetime access to the recorded workshop content.

How does it work?

You will get a downloadble PDF that will give you access to all of workshop content. This on-demand workshop includes access to three recorded sessions with our instructor Each session includes an hour-long video, downloadble worksheets and other free resources. You will also get access to an exclusive facebook group which will connect you with 200+ artists who are building the same type of business as you are.

What if I don’t like the workshop?

We want everyone to leave 100% happy. Let us know if you are not totally satisfied with the workshop, and we will give you a complete refund.

Who’s this workshop for?

This workshop is for creatives who want to build a business around their passion.

Who created this workshop?

This course was created by the Instructors above in partnership with Modern Thrive.

What if I’m just starting out?

This workshop was designed for creatives at all levels. This workshop will help you find the path to building a business around your passion. (regardless of where you are in the journey)

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