Freelance conceptual artist and illustrator.
FF: Hi Anthony and welcome to
How did you start out as a freelancer?
Anthony: I started out as a graphic designer and fine artist but I soon realised designing websites was not for me. I also wanted to find a way I could use my fine art skills in a commercial capacity. I had been working as a graphic designer and selling fine art for 8 years before a colleague in 2008, showed me the wonderful world of concept art and illustration.
How long have you been freelancing?
I started to work part time as a freelance illustrator and concept artist in 2009 whilst teaching. At the end of 2010, I decided to go full time into freelance conceptual art and illustration.
Why do you choose to freelance?
I love working from home. I love being able to work on different projects. I like being my own boss and I also love having the flexibility to choose how many hours I work and to take holidays when I need.
I sometimes have to work weekends to complete a deadline but I enjoy being an illustrator and concept artist. I also find that I work late in to the night most nights, as I do not have distractions like phone calls.
What do you specialise in?
I would have to say that I have a few areas I specialise in. But if I had to choose, it would first be concept art for games and film. Secondly it is storyboarding for advertising and the entertainment industry. The third area would be children's illustration and fantasy/science fiction illustrations.
What are your career highlights?
My career highlights have been creating concept art on a feature film in Australia I have worked with producers and directors at Wolf Creek Productions and Odin's Eye Entertainment. I have also had the pleasure this year to contribute to a major video game called 'Path of Exile' as an illustrator/concept artist for a New Zealand games company called Grinding Gear Games.
Some career highlights have also been winning numerous concept art awards with; gnomonworkshop, cghub, conceptart.org and Concept Design Workshop Australia.
Do you teach your skills to others?
Teaching has always been a part of my business and professional practice for years. In the past I have taught at universities. I no longer have time for teaching but I have recently been asked to create online tutorials of my art process which is located here.
What other interests do you have?
I like to go walking and hiking. I like photography and growing vegetables.
How do you usually source freelance work?
I usually get work from recommendations. Often it is a client that has referred me to other clients. I also try different marketing activities to make companies and organisations I want to work for, aware of my services.
What do you think of the Freelance Factory concept?
I found out about the group years ago as a graphic designer, so I cannot recall how I discovered it. I think the concept is a great idea and good way of networking and promoting creative services.
FF: Thanks for your time Anthony.
It's great to have you on board.
Visit Anthony's website: www.achristouillustration.com
Anthony can be contacted by phone on
0417 827 974
or by email, click here.
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