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Ask For Help, says Transformers Artist Liam Shalloo

In 2006, nine months after first using Photoshop, Liam Shalloo got a fantastic job creating art for the Transformers comic book series. He has now worked on Doctor Who and G. I. Joe comic books, and more recently has focused on designing concept art for video games. He has worked for IDW Publishing, Titan Comics and now Sony.

At the very beginning of his career - when he was essentially little more than a talented novice - he sent emails to the companies he wanted to work for. After a little while, he started getting replies and he was on his way to his dream job, because he was willing to ask for help.

Email people who are in a position to help you. Tell them what you need, whether want a full time job or just some work experience.