Career spotlight: Commercial illustrator

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Madeleine Dore

In the latest instalment of our spotlight series, a handful of Australia's most sought after commercial illustrators reveal what it takes to make a career out of doing what you love.

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From helping brands stand out online and off, to informing and educating, a career as a commercial illustrator is a viable path for the artistically inclined creative.

But like many professions in the arts, becoming a full-time illustrator isn’t as linear as go to university, complete work experience, and settle into an entry-level position at an agency. The steps to becoming a commercial illustrator are many and varied, as people bring diverse backgrounds and skills to their role and experience different challenges and highlights.

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator