Freelance: How to Navigate Working on Client Projects

Kristina Hultkrantz, Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

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8 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Welcome to class!

    • 2. Class Project & Supplies

    • 3. Pep Talk

    • 4. 1st things 1st

    • 5. Contract Overview

    • 6. Streamline the client work process

    • 7. Briefs Overview

    • 8. Thanks for watching!


About This Class


Hello Everyone!

When just starting out as an illustrator/designer you might not feel 100% confident when it comes to taking on your first client projects. You might feel a little anxious as to how it all goes down and not know where to start? What do you do when you get your first DM or email with a request for custom work? How do you appear professional etc? Do I need a contract? What is expected of me the designer and what is expected of them as the client?

So in this class I will be going over what it’s like to work on a client project from start to finish and how to make the process streamlined to benefit both you and the client so you’ll receive a glowing recommendation for future work!


This class is geared towards students who are just starting out with their illustration/designer career. This class is for you if you’ve never worked on a client project before or if you’ve taken on a few projects and you’d just like some tips on how to streamline the process for the future.


Supplies you will need to create the class project:

  • Your own personal favorite supplies to create your own unique artwork from the briefs I have supplied in the class project section. 


In this class I will be sharing my thought process and techniques for working on client projects. For the class I have created 2 creative design briefs based off of briefs I have personally received in the past so you will get a good run down of working with different clients for different projects.

We will cover the following:

  • How to professionally communicate with the client.
  • How to protect your work and time with quotes, contracts and deadlines.
  • What a typical brief looks like.
  • And what specifics you should ask the client if they do not submit a brief to you so that you don't waste your precious design time.

I am so excited to share my tips with you and to see what you all come up with in your class projects!

xoxo Kristina

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