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Probably the most important thing I learned while filling in as an art director:

Seeing how desperate you are as an art director, when you put your trust in an illustrator - has really changed my whole perspective. And also I realized that being on time and doing professional work is 98% of what [being an illustrator] is all about.

And every once in a while you do this one great piece where the stars align and maybe it gets into American Illustration or Society of Illustration or CAA but that’s not what makes your career. I was always trying to shoot for these fantastic super-quirky weird concepts and I didn’t realize that so much of it is being professional - about being somebody that an art director can put their trust in.