This week’s guest is Will Terry. Will has been a freelance illustrator for 23 years. After finishing his BFA project at BYU he began working for magazines and newspapers not far from where he grew up in Washington D.C. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money, Wall Street Journal and Mastercard. He has illustrated around 30 children’s books for many of the top publishers including Random House Scholastic and Penguin. He has created several indie ebooks that have sold tens of thousands of copies. He also co-owns www.svslearn.com – online illustration classes for children’s book illustrators selling in over 80 countries.
A few of the topics covered in the podcast
- How Will was first on probation for college in his first year as his work wasn’t up to standard, and how he turned that around and improved.
- How Will switched from doing his illustration with acrylic paints to digital work and what that transition involved.
- How and why Will switched from editorial design to children’s illustration
- Where Will gets his inspiration
- Will’s top tips for someone who wants to get into illustration
- Whether an illustrator needs an agent or not
- Will also shares a funny story about one of his past illustration mistakes