I just wanted to throw this idea out there for those of you illustrators who want to do some fun projects on the side to build your portfolio or even to just keep yourself busy drawing. I love being able to do short projects in between illustrating books when the opportunities present themselves, which is why I wanted to mention donating your art. Making a donation of your art, whether it is for a charity, a friend, or a cause you really believe in can be beneficial and worth your time. Obviously it is always good to donate when you are able to do so, but as an illustrator sometimes it can be difficult because the time involved in creating a piece. It sounds good in theory but there never seems to be enough time. I highly suggest making the time for a couple of reasons:
1. You get the opportunity to illustrate something new that you can usually use in your portfolio once you have donated the piece.
2. You gain more exposure depending on who you are donating the piece to or for.
3. Any materials or time you spend working on the piece is a tax deduction.
4. And last, but not least, it is just simply a good thing to donate when you can.
I recently had the opportunity to create the cover for a dinner invitation for Family Supportive Housing's fundraiser in San Jose, CA this November. A very good friend of mine works for Family Supportive Housing and she asked me to do the cover for them. It was such a fun project to work on because I was able to work on something new that was a quick project for a great cause. For any of you who have the time or get the opportunity to donate their art, please do. It's always worth it, for both you and the place in which you are donating.
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