Colin Dowden - Freelance Storyboard Illustrator and more...


Colin is a freelance illustrator based in Balmain.

Here's what he had to say...


FF: How do you usually source freelance work, and what do you think of the concept?

I sometimes cold call but it can be quite soul destroying ... regular clients are good. The Freelance Factory seems like a very good idea.

FF: How did you start out as a freelancer?

I've always freelanced apart from a few years when I worked as an art director in an ad agency.

FF: What do you specialise in?

Storyboards. I now work in my completely paperless studio ... I have a pressure sensitive wacom tablet and combined with programmes like Painter, Photoshop etc. everything is created digitally.

But there's not many types of illustration that I haven't covered at some point in my career. 

FF: What has been your career highlights?

There are levels and levels. Sometimes a job just goes so well. But the real highlights has to be storyboarding big movies like The Fountain and Charlottes Web.

FF: How does freelancing affect your lifestyle?

Sometimes deadlines are a bit tight and I find myself working nights and weekends - but when I'm not busy it's nice to have time to read a book.

FF: What other interests do you have?

... well I've played guitar in several bands. Boozy pub covers and one recorded independant band called Splashmat ...

FF: Do you teach your skills to others?

I've taught tertiary students Advertising at KvB Raffles in Sydney and at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane.

FF: Great chatting Colin!

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