The last time I reached out to publishers and projects to get freelance illustration work was in the 90s. That process led me to take up photography professionally and walk away from illustration for 15 years.

“Ursa Likes Tea” by Dirk Hooper

Over the past 6 years I’ve learned and refined my process and I think right now I’m putting out the best work of my life… and I’m having a lot of fun.

My questions to other freelance illustrators, or to people who are hiring freelance illustrators are:

  • How has the freelance market changed?
  • Where do you go to find work?
  • What do I need…


GED Cinema

The Vast of Night is something we rarely see today. It’s a small, experimental, science fiction film, that’s well-paced, highly-focused on dialog and acting, and simply beautiful to experience.

The Vast of Night is set in the late 50s in New Mexico and follows a phone operator and a radio DJ that get interested in a strange audio frequency that leads them to investigate what’s happening and uncovers something much bigger and scarier than they expected.

The plot of this film is not earth-shaking by any measure, and for a science fiction film, it relies heavily on your own imagination…


I think there’s a good chance that Disney will slowly, silently, replace the Star Wars sequel trilogy with new content.

Image copyright Lucasfilm

Many of the sequel series actors have shown some reticence to coming back for another run.

John Boyega recently talked about how he was treated,

“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver,” he says. “You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know fuck all. So what do you want me to say…


New Batwoman Actor Javicia Leslie Portrait by Dirk Hooper

I’ve been on a long quest to get back into creating professional-level art that started about five years ago.

But the real quest began long long before that.

If you’re into doing art then you realize that improvement only comes with time and practice. I’m sure you’ve heard about how important it is to put in 10,000 hours, to master a skill. I’ve put that time in, but I started drawing seriously when I was five years old.

In his 2008 book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell wrote that “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.” His examples included, Bill…


A BDSM Poem

Artwork by Dirk Hooper

Your voice betrays you
it’s locked by your lust

Fold your clothes, I say
structure leads to trust

Your voice betrays you
you’re ready to feed

I pinch your nipples
you hunger for seed

Your voice betrays you
awakening bliss

Sincere and gentle
I give you a kiss

Your voice betrays you
but body complies

I pry you open
I demand your reply

Your voice absolves you
and legs become weak

I pet you softly
your gift is unique


It was amazing.

Fidélité Films, Wild Bunch, BUF

You shouldn’t see “Enter the Void.” Please disregard everything I say below and just don’t see this movie. I loved it.

Yes. I just told you to NOT see a movie that I loved.

I have a deep appreciation for movies where the director completely throws caution to the wind and creates a self — indulgent work of art. “Enter the Void” is definitely one of those films.


Adding this routine to your creative endeavors can pay off big time!

Artwork and photo of and by Dirk Hooper

Athletes, musicians, and dancers warm-up before the big show. Artists can benefit from warming up just like everyone else.

The routine act of spending a short period of time warming up before doing a serious activity can pay off in numerous ways.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Yesterday I spent an hour penciling and inking a piece featuring the character Baby Yoda for the purposes of warming up. …


You have a lot of talented competition.

Art by Dirk Hooper

If you want to be a professional comic artist you’re going to have to put in tons of hours. It’s a market with comparatively few opportunities and competition from some amazing professional artists.

Back during the comic boom in the 90s I was creating and producing independent comics. I had stars in my eyes and made the annual trek out to the San Diego Comic-Con to talk with editors from Dark Horse, DC Comics and handfuls of indy publishers.

While I was producing some cool work (published work even), it was just shy of being good enough to get a…


A film review

Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions

What you see in “Mad Max: Fury Road” is the labor of a filmmaker who had 30 years to explore a concept, love it, refine it and finally bring it to life. There is a depth and detail to this film that puts George Miller in a rarefied pantheon of directors. This film is his seminal work.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” has a consistent theme and repeating symbolism that belies its simple exterior. It’s easy to miss amid the flamethrowers, and explosions and muscle cars; but it’s there.


This is aimed at adult content creators but there’s advice for anyone who might share adult content on Instagram.

Photo by Dirk Hooper

Recently the BBC had an article titled “Why is Instagram deleting the accounts of hundreds of porn stars?

The BBC is shedding light on something that many of you already know about personally. If you are in the adult entertainment business or a sex worker of any sort Instagram has you targeted.

From the BBC article,

Hundreds of porn stars and sex workers had their Instagram accounts deleted this year, and many say they’re being held to a different standard than mainstream celebrities.

“I should be able to model my Instagram account on Sharon Stone or any other verified profile…

Dirk Hooper

Professional Award-Winning Writer, Adult Branding & Marketing Consultant, Award-Winning Photographer, Artist, Audio Talent, Journalist & BDSM mentor.

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