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10: Dan Woodger - Get your Work Seen, Protect Yourself and Keep Improving

By Julia Dufossé

I talk with British illustrator and animator Dan Woodger about how he got his work seen, how he learned to protect himself and his art through contracts and agents and how he pushes himself to keep learning and getting better at his craft. Dan Woodger (IG;Web;Twitter) is a freelance illustrator and animator based in Kingston, UK. You might be familiar with Dan’s signature bubbly and joyful characters, anthropomorphised fruits and Where’s Waldo?-esque crowd scenes. Dan has drawn his unique characters for brands like McDonald's, Samsung, Apple and Netflix. Dan also occasionally contributes editorial illustrations to publications like The New York Times, GQ and The Sunday Times. I reached out to Dan wanting to learn more about how he made a name for himself and honed his unique style--but we talk about so much good stuff beyond that. I learn how Dan used a cheap inkjet printer to create promotional material that got him seen by people at It’s Nice That, Nike and Wieden + Kennedy. We talk about failures, downturns and what it takes to find freelance work even when you don’t have a large audience or an extensive list of contacts. Dan also explains why he thinks his style and skills appeal to big brands and companies, how he copes with failure and how he learned the importance of having a good contract and agent to protect himself and his art. We also talk about Dan’s adventures in Asia, how he became a famous illustrator in Japan and eventually got asked to be a guest of honor at the Nuit Blanche festival in Taipei. Comprehensive Show Notes: Episode Show Notes Follow the podcast: And remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes if you feel so inclined. It helps the podcast tremendously. Our Website Twitter Instagram Newsletter AKA Art Club -Behance case study for the podcast brand Follow Julia: Website Instagram Behance Skillshare Audio Loops Playlist Vol. 1

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