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Intro to Maillustration

What you can expect from my blog

Author: Maira Canales

Another day, another introduction to a self-published blog. Hello internet-using people and welcome to my blog. Let me introduce myself, I’m Maira Canales and I am a freelance illustrator, and curiously enough, currently also a paralegal student. I know what you’re thinking: ‘weird combination,’ right? I admit, the two jobs so seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum when you’re on the outside looking in, but you’ll soon learn (as I am learning) that business is business and the business of running your own paralegal practice isn’t that much different from the business of being a freelance illustrator. You both deal with clients, each case is different, legalities are involved and like everything, so is money. I’m not going to focus so much on the similarities between those two subjects for this blog, although I may source some of the legal knowledge I’m gaining in later posts, but this does bring me to the subject of what this blog will actually be about, because I do have plans for it. For this blog I plan to write about illustration as business. I want to talk about what illustration actually is, and how you can use your artistic or creative abilities to make a profit.

Now, in the interest of honesty, I’m going to tell you that I’m starting this blog as (admittedly) part of a course requirement, but I figured, if I’m going to write about something, then I should write about a subject that I already have some pre-existing knowledge about and one that I’m passionate about sharing. The truth is I’ve been meaning to write about Illustration as a business for a while but I just hadn’t gotten around to actually doing it. Now that I’ve started, I do plan on continuing this blog after this course requirement has been fulfilled. Art is something I care about deeply. Visual communication and story-telling through images is important and I want to talk about it. I want to talk about illustration as a legitimate business and what you can do if you plan on working as an illustrator. I want to tell you about my experiences and share some ideas about how you can grow your creative business. Hopefully, if I do this right, I’ll be able to connect with other illustrators or creatives on their entrepreneurial journey. So, what do you say? Care to join me on this adventure? I’m sure we can learn a lot from each other.

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