April 25, 2014

Bridging the gap between graduation to employment ain’t no stroll in the park – in fact, it’s like a real-time version of The Apprentice, except you’re probably not brimming with boring buzzwords and a false sense of self-importance that would make Kanye look humble.

To help you get ahead of the job-hungry pack, we hunted down Amsterdam’s Boyband Collective – a group of experts who know just what to do when taking your first steps into a creative career.

Julian Stips – Illustration

Julian Stips presents himself as an artist, fashion designer and illustrator, characterised by his dramatic, modern style. He graduated in Fashion Design from Artez Institute of the Arts in 2012 – showcasing a playful and eclectic collection. Julian’s talents in illustration have seen him produce an eclectic array of images, working with fashion in books and prints.

Scroll below for Julian’s lowdown to life in illustration.


Being an artist of any kind means having a creative mind and a big imagination. This can be a place to escape to, but remember that no matter how beautiful and interesting this place is to you, nobody else can experience it unless you give it physical form. Try not to filter too many ideas and always carry around a little sketchbook or notepad.

Don’t limit yourself to what you think you do well or is your forte, others might see possibilities in your work or your talent that you did not see yourself. You already have the ability to project an idea or image on paper/canvas/screen. it’s only a matter of studying and engaging into a new subject and the rest will come naturally.

We live in a society in which we are confronted with endless opinions and choices – inevitably, we’re constantly comparing them with our own. Competitions and races dominate the entertainment industry. We’re fed the idea that to be successful you have to surpass others. I’ve heard stories from art or design students who hide their work from fellow students to keep their ideas to themselves. I believe it’s much more rewarding to collaborate, to work together and alongside each other.

Art, or the enjoyment of it, is not a primary need to survive, we have to create and maintain the necessity for it ourselves. This requires understanding of people, their needs and instincts, even the people that seem to have no interest in art. They don’t realise how much visual art is influencing their lives and how much power it gives the artist.

Modesty is a virtue but don’t be too shy about your abilities. There are a lot of people out there with a very big mouth but little stuff to show for it – don’t let them overshadow you.


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