At the New Designers show in Islington at 4pm tomorrow, Digital Arts is putting on a panel discussion called The Secrets To Success, in which leading four of the UK's leading illustrators engage in a lively, opinionated discussion on the steps graduates should take to move from university days to a rewarding career as a professional illustrator.
We can now reveal that the illustrators who will be debating the finer points of how to get on the right career path are Rod Hunt, Mr Bingo, Lizzie Mary Cullen and Tigz Rice.
Rod Hunt is best known for his isometric map illustrations including last Christmas' top dad present Where's Stig?, and recently his work for the French HIV charity AIDES recently won a Clio (the long-running US award as picked up by Don Draper in the last series of Mad Men).
Mr Bingo has created editorial illustrations for an enviable list of clients from The Washington Post to Time. He also sends offensive messages and drawings on postcards in exchange for cash.
Lizzie Mary Cullen's psychogeographical illustrations can be seen at huge scale across the walls of Zizzi's flagship restaurants. Last month, Lizzie spent 24 hours drawing 50 London landmarks suggested by followers on Twitter, ending up in such a daze that she ended up cleaning the bathroom before getting any sleep.
Tigz Rice is the most recent graduate of our panellists, but since completing her degree in 2009 she's become a renowned burlesque photographer and illustrator. Tigz is also currently creating a series of photo retouch tutorials for Digital Arts, the first of which can be found in our current issue.
Each of the illustrators will give a short talk on how their career has progressed from graduation to where they are today -- revealing how a mix of talent, self-promotion and a bit of luck has helped them to creative and professional success. Digital Arts editor Neil Bennett will also give some tips on how to get the attention of magazines and other curated creative publications.
These talks will be followed up by a panel discussion based around a series of questions that are on every graduate's mind: from 'How do I make some/more/any money?' and 'Do I need to up sticks to London?' to 'Can I work for big clients without selling my soul?' and 'How do I stop myself from telling clients to £$%* off?'.
We'll then throw the discussion opens to questions from the audience to find out exactly what you want to know.
The panel discussion is at 4pm on Friday July 8, and is free to attend if you have a ticket to New Designers -- though we advise booking in advance here in case it's oversubscribed.