A journal for sharing my experiences, challenges, thoughts and uncertainties about what it means to be a professional freelance illustrator, and hence making a living from it.

Showing To Your Audience More Than The Final Result


If you have been following my last updates on my Instagram account you have seen that I’m currently working on a compilation of illustrations based on mystical animals (experimenting also with some simple lettering quotes). Well, I had the idea to record the screen (with Quicktime) while I was working on the Blue Eagle with the Sword, instead of recording myself, because I would prefer to show you the illustration with all the highest detail.

By the way, this is actually the second time I record my working process to edit a time-lapse video with it. You can watch the first one here.

So, without further ado, I let you below the time-lapse full video.


Music: "Still Night" by Pretty Lights. Full song here


How is your working process?

Showing to your audience what is hidden behind your art could give you an amazing feedback from them and even learning something new about it. I’m talking about giving them the chance to see a part of your working process, to see how you have reached that great final result that always you upload to your social networks, offering them to know more about the person behind the art, not only being a shade posting work every day without more explanation about it. That’s boring, and the feedback you will get back with it, it will have the equal level of curiosity.

I know, it’s a bit tricky keeping a constancy with this, among other things because during the workday we have a lot of stuff to manage, projects, emails, paperwork, etc. I’m personally struggling with this kind of decisions. Trying to do it more often is actually on the top of my "To Do List" for this year.

I was thinking that probably the key is turning it as a habit, asking yourself, in that precise moment, if maybe that what you are doing at that time could be interesting to be shown to your followers. Not thinking about it all the time, of course, but having it present in the background. Or even programming a task in your week scheduled that may need a bit more effort from you to be done, like recording yourself drawing or working with Illustrator or Photoshop to make a time-lapse video like I did, etc.

The key to keeping constancy is turning it into a habit.

Today the most effective and quickest way to keep your audience updated with this kind of visual goodies is the well-known Stories tool from your Instagram account. I know that Snapchat was the first one... and Instagram is a cheeky copy cut, but in terms of reaching and to impact a bigger number of possible followers, the Facebook company is still the best choice.


I recently got this tool to use my iPhone for recording videos and pictures during my daily work more properly.

It's composed of two products: A cell phone tripod adapter and a flexible portable tripod.

You can find on Amazon the best shopping options depending on your country.


Regarding of showing your face once in a while to your audience, in my opinion, it’s a great idea and personally I have to do it more often (It’s not always easy to overcome that mental barrier), but also it’s not mandatory to increase your followers or for getting good impact rates, that's for sure. I know tons of creative people that never show themselves to the public and they have an obvious success, but the question is, Could they multiply that x2 or more if they would show their human side? I also know another group of creatives that they actually do it, and their range of getting inputs and engagement is really huge.

To connect with your audience it’s always a win-win experience. It’s also true that you expose yourself to the critics from others, but you have to try to ignore the negative comments and learning from the constructive ones, I know this is not an easy thing, because a bad comment always resounds more in our mind than a good one, but it takes just practice to become a more confident person against toxic stuff.

You have to try to ignore the negative comments and learning from the constructive ones.

Do you think is necessary for illustrators to show the person behind the art? Something more than just images all the time? Not only the face, I mean having an open dialog with your audience. I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts about it.