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15: Peter Gamlen - Overcoming Creative Doubts and Growing as an Illustrator

By Julia Dufossé

I talk with illustrator Peter Gamlen about what he's learned in his 8 years as a freelance illustrator, how to overcome creative crises and how to grow as an artist. Support the Show (for free) Thank you for listening to Illustration Hour. As you might know, the show currently doesn't have any sponsors. Each episode takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and some money to produce. I do all of that work myself. So, if you want to support the show, please consider doing one (or all!) of these (completely free) things: Subscribe to the show's weekly newsletter Art Club Leave the show a review and rating on Apple Podcasts (formely iTunes) Sign up for a free trial of Skillshare for 2 months of free access using this link (I earn a commission for everyone that signs up and you do not need to pay for Skillshare at the end of your trial). Skillshare is amazing and you'll be able to check out tons of great courses on illustration and design as a thank you. Share the show and the newsletter with others! Thank you for helping me continue to make the show possible. About my Guest Peter Gamlen (IG; Website) is an illustrator and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Peter has been a freelance illustrator for the past 8 years working with publications like the NYT, Businessweek, Monocle, the Wall Street Journal and brands like Google and Warby Parker. Over those years, Peter has amassed a wealth of experience and gone through the ups and down of being a freelance illustrator. In this conversation we talk about: Peter’s journey from recent grad to freelance illustrator How to break free from arbitrary constraints that we impose on ourselves as artists What Peter learned from reading classic French and Belgian comics in his childhood Creative crises of confidence and how to deal with them Growing as an artist through making difficult decisions How to get inspired in a digital world How to prioritize what makes you happy Peter’s process for editorial illustration from sketch to finished image The role of humor in Peter’s work Taking as much time off from the computer as possible Dealing with art directors and communicating without losing your mind Making time for personal projects Exploring different ways to be creative and expanding your practice 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 Follow Julia: Website Instagram Behance Skillshare

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