Ep.15: Going freelance full time with Gabriel Picolo

Gabriel is a freelance illustrator and comic artist from Brazil. He grew an immense following during his online 365-day creative challenge called #365daysofdoodle, where he posted new artistic musings daily.


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As he says “… I am the guy who skipped art education trying to make art as a living. This thought haunts me more than I would like to admit.” That’s why, since last year, he has been focusing on learning everything from scratch: fundamentals such as anatomy, perspective, grayscale values, color theory and so on.


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He has just released his first coloring book: Celestial: A Colorable Zodiac Journal where he applies his whimsical illustrative style to the various traits of the zodiacs. 

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Key Takeaways

“Work on your stuff, create nice stories, do a lot of kind of artwork. It’s not enough only to do the best artwork, but you need to go deeper and challenge yourself. Even if you are not technically sound, if your story is good, you are there! You are touching on emotions if you are able to talk to people with your art”

  • #365daysofdoodles was a Kickstarter of his career. He started getting clients thanks to it. His own procrastination and laziness inspired him to do it because after the college he found himself in the ‘adult’ life and didn’t have much time to draw
  • Going freelance full-time was pretty crazy if you think about it. A lot of people are afraid to make the first step, so Picolo advises, if you want to start freelancing, save up some money to back yourself up against slow months
  • Picolo always tries to do only 1 job at the time, so he is scheduling his clients in that way. Full focus, even if it’s only for a short time
  • He takes projects where he can draw a really good story – comics, character design
  • Art is a way of communicating. He is not good with words and writing, so drawing is his way to communicate, to tell stories … it’s very basic and simple
  • “Win every day” (adapted from Portuguese) – try to be the best you can be each day and take each day as it comes!


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Special thanks to Picolo for joining me today. See you next time!

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