How do you bring together a group of creative illustrators from around the world and gather them in one place to showcase their talents? And how do you connect them with brands that are looking to hire an artist?
There's a new online platform in town called Easle, that sets out to do just that!
This London-based start-up aims to connect creatives with potential clients and to create a vibrant and supportive art community for freelancers from various creative professions.
To join Easle you'll need to submit your portfolio along with your application. Then you shall need to go through an approval process run by their creative curators.
Once approved you will be able to upload your profile and portfolio allowing potential clients to view your work and get in touch. It’s just as easy as creating a Facebook profile!
Easle has many wonderful features that will support your creative process—an internal messaging system, where you can chat with clients (told you! Just like Facebook!), fully customizable contract creator; an internal messaging system for creatives; weekly email updates from the founders and real-life meetings for members, to make you feel that you're a part of a big creative community.
The founders of Easle ensure that your work is promoted with the help of social media, weekly client's newsletters, blog posts and fantastic video interviews!
You can check out their sketch interviews; they're so good, just like hot blueberry buns !
By being a part of Easle, you be able to “connect” with other professionals from the industry. Whenever you need help with some practicalities like pricing your work or with how to approach a project in general, there will always be someone out there who has done it already and might be able to help!
I had the pleasure of being a part of the first group of illustrators to be signed by Easle. We have now worked on a couple of projects together, which I think were a great success and I couldn't be happier with the results.
Projects included illustrations for the Regent Street Festival organized every year by one of the top creative agencies; and branding illustrations for Raw Press, a leading health and well-being café based in London.
If you're a creative freelancer, I truly recommend you try Easle. The host of wonderful features on the website will help you to get on with your work and the platform's founders will make sure that your arts gets showcased in front of respective clients.
Despite being fairly new in the market, Easle already has quite an impressive client list to offer with over 200 brands, including names like Netflix, Not On The Highstreet and Debenhams, so you're in good hands!
The platform has been successfully trialled with a group of illustrators and very soon will be expanding its disciplines to graphic design, animation, photography and videography, so keep a look out for their updates!
It's been an amazing few months working with Easle and I am excited about what comes next. This website is definitely the one to watch out for in coming months!