After having Otto come in to give a lecture, he also had a glance over my portfolio, his work is very minimal, simplistic and straight to the point I feel. So after sending him a few questions he replied within a few days...
I remember the portfolio. I'll try to answer your questions, hope it'll help.
- What are your influences and what inspires you?
- Do you think it is better working in a studio with other Illustrators who you can share your ideas with, as opposed to 'your own private space'? if so why?
- What would you say makes the difference between success and failure when trying to establish yourself in the design industry?
- What was the easiest way to establish and promote yourself within the wide world of Illustration?
- Did you conform to a style that was around at the time you first got commissioned?
- If you have a recollection of my Portfolio, (I have included a pdf of a few of my designs), would you have any advice upon improving it? (I can appreciate you must have looked over a lot of work, but i would value your opinion greatly!
There's absolutely nothing wrong with your portfolio, just keep at it, refine it, diversify, keep on at potential clients and ask their advice on improving. also do your own self- initiated work, if you see something you like, copy it and incorporate it, don't be afraid to change your 'style' if necessary.
- What advice would you offer an aspiring Illustrator?