Self promotion is one of the most challenging marketing tools as a freelance technical illustrator. First, you need to have a great idea, then illustrate it well and find time to stop procrastinating and get it done!
I find that inspiration for new illustration ideas can be found through so many different resources. One of my favorite ways to gain inspiration for working on promotional pieces is through TED.com.
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) brings experts in these three areas together in a yearly conference to spread their ideas and innovations. The conference allows innovative speakers a limited amount of time to passionately discuss their area of expertise.
The website TED.com has great videos that are an inspiration to the work that I do. From a technological standpoint, certain speakers make me question many things and how they work in the world today. I always find inspiration to illustrate new technologies, or new ways to look at design. I enjoy listening to the speakers as I work on my illustrations.
Categories on TED.com include technology, entertainment, design, business science, culture, arts and global issues. Some speakers are humorous, some serious. But all of them have an inspirational message if you are open to it!
What are some websites that you use to find inspiration to motivate you?