New Documentary Where Illustrators Talk About Illustration Stuff

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Making It is a new documentary film from Anthony Francis Moorman about the daily struggles to being an illustrator. A niche film to be sure. So far there are a few trailers up about. No thumbs up or stars until I actually get to see it.

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Mark Kaufman is a partner at Vivitiv, an issue oriented design firm providing creative services for organizations involved in housing, technology issues, education, the environment, and the arts. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Progressive, National Lampoon, The Stranger, and The Oxford American. Mr. Kaufman writes and draws the comic strips American Affairs Desk and I Drew This Thing. Mark is Vice President Communications, ICON9 The Illustration Conference and is an editor at Illustration Age. Mark Kaufman's Illustration Site ///// Vivitiv Issue Oriented Design

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9 Comments on “New Documentary Where Illustrators Talk About Illustration Stuff”

  1. April 18, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    I loved all the clips from the movie and really look forward to seeing it in it’s entirety. These guys are a segment of the illustration community making a living in niche markets that they have carved out all on their own. I started out as an illustrator at the end of the 80’s and my career was defined by the editorial market at that time, but today you have to really be entrepreneurial and find your client base in a totally different way. I’m excited to see illustrators surviving and thriving and figuring it out.

  2. April 18, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Joe, Agreed. Earning a living as an illustrator or designer in the glory days of publishing was, if not easier, more easily navigable. The market for editorial work was big and wide and you needn’t go outside of that system to earn a nice paycheck and keep the work rolling in.

    You are correct, while the editorial market has shrunk in size and influence over the last 25 years, creatives have had to carve out a place for themselves, based on individual interests and talents. Narrowcasting to smaller yet more supportive markets of like-minded individuals. I’m also looking forward to seeing the film and seeing how I can apply these stories to my tiny slice of the pie.


  3. lisa
    April 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Looking forward to this but where are the women? surely there should be at least one female Illustrator representing…?

  4. April 20, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    I would like to see this documentary! looks very interesting.

  5. April 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on Little bird of paradise editions and commented:
    Note to myself…

  6. April 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    Lisa, Agreed. No women makes for a limited view. But as mentioned above, it is a niche film about a small segment of the illustration community.

  7. any666way
    April 21, 2014 at 3:50 am #

    Reblogged this on Anieway and commented:
    New Documentary about Illustration stuff and Illustrators

  8. April 21, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I’ve never heard about this documentary, but I”m very interested to see it. I will share this with my blog followers as well.

  9. April 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Tara Mcphersen was in the official trailer, & at least one other artist/illustrator as well. It is interesting that there wasn’t more women interviewed, as there are a ton of really amazing freelance illustrators out there who are women and have large fan bases. Nevertheless, as an illustrator just starting in my career as a freelancer, I’m very excited for this film! The artists interviewed were spot on with art being a business – something I think should be covered more in art colleges! Students pay top dollar to learn art but get only a measly semester to cover all the legalities, business and marketing stuff! You have to hussle and work hard to be an illustrator nowadays!


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