As a bit of an intro, I’ve been working as an illustrator for just shy of two years, and it’s been a real learning experience. There’s a lot I didn’t know, and a lot I didn’t realize would come in handy. I really love illustration and my fellow illustrators, and so I thought it would be nice to provide a little resource of what I have learned and will figure out in the upcoming future.

TRADE SECRETS is just that; a resource. One part work diary, one part advice column, I’m going to put forward what I know to help others. I often get asked about promotion, so I’ll give my two cents on that, as well as finances. I’ll provide resources of companies I’ve found to help with making certain items. In addition I hope to get more people into the fun either by guest blogging or interviews– I figure that learning together will help us all get a little sharper.

If you’re interested in taking part, please drop me a line, or if you have general questions I can help answer or find an answer to, that’ll work just as dandy.

Till then!



18 Responses to “What is TRADE SECRETS?”

  1. Excellent website concept. Best wishes.

  2. simon wild said

    Just discovered trade secrets through Illustration Mundo and it’s brilliant. I am a recent graduate illustrator starting out from England and all the help I can find at the moment is valuable. If there is any way I can get involved please let me know.

    Keep up the good work.
    Best Wishes x x

  3. Thankyou so much for putting this together – such a great idea and community-spirited to boot! Good luck with it all.

  4. meg said

    Thanks everybody for the nice comments! I hope you get some good use out of the blog.

    fantazmagloria– i’m super impressed at your skill, i really love the show posters and ads you and your partner’ve come up with!


  5. This looks an ace resource. Thank you.

  6. Wow, thanks Meg. Been digging your freak series so I really appreciate your opinion. Cheers!

  7. beth said

    So happy you are doing this! I am just getting my work out there so this is awesome. Your site has been on my faves list for a while. Ditto Fantazmagloria on the community spirit.

  8. You are a benevolent goddess of illustration bestowing your wisdom to the novices like myself. Thanks for taking the time to do this. It really is helpful. May you have continued success.

  9. Great site and idea, we illustrators must stick together, cool work! Found you through Drawn Blog, kudos from Portugal,
    Goncalo Viana

  10. I love your site! I just started a blog on my own site, with a similar bent — sometimes promotional stuff, sometimes advice and tutorials, sometimes other people’s work that inspires me.

    As a freelancer who’s been in the biz for twenty years, I can hopefully give you some advice. But I’m as much in the dark about a lot of it as you are, and I’m sure you’ll have ideas and solutions I won’t have thought of. That’s the beauty of sharing with colleagues.

    You’re on my RSS feed — I hope you’ll want to add me to yours. Or bookmark, or whatever. You get the idea! Thanks for adding to the general dialogue by starting your own forum.

  11. Suzanne Archibald said


    Do you know how to get the kind of “skippy” , inky lines that William Steig was able to get ? On the same note, the early drawing of Andy Warhol (shoes,cats,etc) are made with equally exciting lines…..any suggestions ? I am a painter, yet I lean heavily on drawing. I need to make lines like these guys ! HELP ! Thanks oxox Suzanne

  12. kelly said

    Hi Meg! I’ve always followed your portfolio, but I’m just now finding this — excelllllent resource! Thanks for putting what you know out there. Best wishes and as always can’t wait to see what you do next!

  13. WAM said

    Great stuff.
    Thanks very much.

  14. Max Estes said


    Great idea! I’ve been an Illustrator (as well as cartoonist /painter/author) for almost ten years now, and I still search out “trade secrets”. We need to stick together. Community is king! I look forward to visiting the site often. : )


    Max in Milwaukee

  15. Great stuff! you’re a samaritan!

  16. Veronica said

    Please post more! Yay!

  17. Dana Lo said

    Thank you SOOO much for putting this blog/website together. I graduate a year from now so i need any little information i can get to mentually prepare myself for post-graduation.

    -Dana Lo

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