Tom Froese

A story for anyone who feels like they’ll never truly “arrive”

Illustration by the author.

The Wrong Place

My story starts in the wrong place. It was a sunny morning in September, the first day of my first year at college. Computer engineering technology. That’s the path I had chosen for myself. 8:00 AM. I walk into a large classroom, flooded with harsh fluorescent light, row after row…

How Your Ability to Collaborate is More Important Than Your Art.

Are you constantly fighting and losing creative battles? Are you constantly frustrated by clients who don’t trust you or can’t seem to make up their minds? Your art might not be the problem. Perhaps you’re just going about the process with too much focus on the art, and not enough…

How My DIY Mindset is Wasting Me Time and Money

There’s DIY, and then there’s DTWTY — Doing the Wrong Things Yourself. Doing it Yourself is great if it’s actually saving you either money or time, and you are enjoying the acquisition of new skills. It’s also helpful when you find that you have a knack for it. …

How to Keep Your Cool and Preserve Your Integrity in the Face of Annoying Client Feedback

Every professional creative will experience annoying feedback. By annoying, I mean any requests for changes to the artwork we send to our clients. Because we have fragile feelings, big egos, and very little time.

Feedback can come in many different forms, but there are two overarching categories: reasonable and unreasonable…

Checking in With Myself about This Year’s Goals

It’s late July already. I’ve been taking a break from writing here since early June, mostly so I could focus on writing and producing my next Skillshare class. …

What Gets Us Most Stuck When Using Colour?

Colour seems to come easy for some illustrators. For everyone else, it’s one of the stickiest sticking points in our process! While each experiences colour in their own way, I find that illustrators struggle in three key areas:choice, consistency, and confidence. I call these the 3 Pain Points of Colour.


Tom Froese

Illustrator. Creatively Empowering Teacher/Speaker. Represented by Making Pictures/UK & Dot Array/USA. Top Teacher on @skillshare.

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