Episode 22: Cathal Duane
How to Make It as a Freelance Illustrator
In this episode, I talk with illustrator Cathal Duane about freelance life, setting realistic expectations, and the importance of understanding the business side of freelance illustration.
An Irish illustrator based in France and represented by Usfolk, Cathal’s work is bold, modern, and textured, with highly figurative forms, smart compositions, and joyful color schemes. Cathal has worked on commercial and editorial projects with clients like The Atlantic, the BBC, Creative Ireland, the Association of Illustrators, and the Belfast City Council.
In this conversation, we talk about:
how Cathal established himself as a freelance illustrator
how setting realistic and acheivable goals can help you succeed
how Cathal gradually built a portfolio, a client list, and a network
Cathal's creative process
why all illustrators should learn about the business side of freelancing
how having a boilerplate contract can save you hours of unpaid wok
how Cathal separates work from his life as a freelancer
Cathal’s AOI Not A Hobby campaign
Favorite pen: Uni Pin
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