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Illustration Brief Generator & Written Briefs to Use as Practice Exercises

June 21, 2022 (updated) - By August van de Ven

When you start your career as an illustrator, it can be hard to start out with building a portfolio or getting your first jobs as an illustrator. Luckily, there are many ways to solve this issue and make sure you have enough work in your portfolio to give potential clients an idea of the kind of work you can deliver.

Generate Illustration Briefs

Using FakeClients’ illustration brief generator, a randomly generated brief for an illustration 'job' will be generated. You can use these briefs as a reference for your next project and act like you are illustrating for a real client. This will help you create new work to feature on your portfolio and show to potential employers that want to hire you. The illustration briefs feature various requirements for you to practice with, like the type of illustration, for example; pencil illustrations, charcoal, and many more. It has hundreds of options and thousands of combinations so you’ll never run out of practice briefs.

It’s not only a great tool for illustrators looking to start their career as a professional illustrator, painter or drawing enthusiast but also for amateurs just looking for new ideas to start sketching or drawing. When you draw your own ideas it can become pretty repetitive after a while and you quickly run out of ideas and lose motivation. This is the reason many people stop drawing after a while and sometimes don’t even come back to it. It’s very important to keep drawing to not only get better but it’s also a great way to clear your mind and express yourself creatively.

Using More Realistic, Written Illustration Briefs

FakeClients not only lets you generate illustration briefs, FakeClients also offers a wide variety of written briefs. These briefs are way more in-depth and detailed than the randomly generated briefs. This makes these briefs a lot more realistic to work with. They will, for example, go more into the way they want the illustration to turn out, the timeframe in which they want you to finish it and colors they want you to use. This makes these briefs a lot more challenging and makes practicing a lot more realistic and will better prepare you for real-world clients.

Start a Daily Illustration Challenge

Another issue for many beginning illustrators is the struggle to stay consistent with practicing. You probably know the feeling of enthusiastically starting practicing, only to lose your interest or completely forget about it. A great way to make yourself stick to practicing illustration consistently, is to start a daily illustration challenge. One of these daily illustration challenges is the FakeClients Daily Brief. With the Daily Brief you'll receive a daily email with a new illustration brief. To start receiving daily illustration briefs, simply sign up on, select "illustration" and press the "Start receiving daily briefs"-button.

How to use briefs: "How to use design briefs to practice design"