Resources

Here's a collection of articles, resources, tips and advice for illustrators I have found around the web and I'd like to share with my fellow illustrators. Very valuable information for both established and aspiring illustrators. Enjoy!

Summary
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Helpful articles and
promotional tips for illustrators

Illustration Career
Excellent article from Nate Williams on illustration career, extremely well-organized and supremely easy to understand information.

Pbeach's 19 practical tips and opinions
from 25+ years of successful fulltime freelance illustration and design

Great tips for illustrators and designers from Peter Beach.

Living the Creative Dream:
Becoming An Illustrator

A series of inspiring journal entries documenting Holli Conger's promotional process for taking the step to be an illustrator.

How I Promote
Helpful article on the promotion process from Holli Conger.

Promoting yourself
Advice on promotion from TradeSecrets.

TradeSecrets blog
TradeSecrets, all purpose, delicious yet nutritious information for illustrators.

The Purple Crayon
Information about Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children's Books.

Freelancing - Breaking Free
A compilation of things to do to be successful at freelancing by Richard Hoffkins.

Editorial Anonymous
A great blog to look at for an insider's insights into the children's publishing business. This is the blog of an anonymous children's book editor who tells it like it is and has interesting things to say and plenty of points to make.

How does an art director evaluate
your portfolio?

Some great info presented by the art director Cecilia Yung at the 2006 SCBWI Conference in LA, a good tool to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your portfolio.

"Ask a Pro " Illustrationmundo
Illustration related questions answered by top art directors, designers, editors, artist representatives and other professionals in the commercial illustration industry, very valuable information.

Making my first children's book
Moira Munro's experience of getting her first children's book published.

Free sites to showcase
your portfolio
Books

coverChildren's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
is the top market guide for children's writers and illustrators seeking publication.


It contains exclusive interviews with and articles by well-respected and award-winning authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals as well as nuts-and-bolts how-to information. Readers will learn what to do, how to do it, and get loads of information and inspiration.

coverGraphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical guidelines
12th Edition is the industry bible, containing information all graphic artists and their clients need to buy and sell work in a totally professional manner.

coverArtist's & Graphic Designer's Market
, an essential guide that gives creatives completely updated contact and submission information for more than 1,500 art markets such as greeting card companies, magazine and book publishers, galleries, art fairs, ad agencies and more.

coverBusiness and Legal Forms
is a handy guide that contains the forms you need to succeed as an illustrator in today's market, along with step-by-step instructions and negotiation checklists.

This "success kit" includes: an estimate form; confirmation of assignment; invoice covering reproduction rights; an illustrator-agent agreement; a book publishing agreement; collaboration agreement; contract for sale of art work; illustrator-gallery agreement; licensing agreement for spinoffs; confirmation form of delivery and holding of artwork; model release; property release; copyright application transfer of copyright and more.

Illustrators forums
full of useful information
Information related to representation
Info on Contracts and Agreements

Contract Glossary
Glossary for artists contract terms from the Graphic Artists Guild "Pricing and Ethical Guidelines Handbook".

"Work for Hire"
Easy to understand explanation of the work for hire by Tom. Richmond.

12 Points to Include in Your Design Contract
Article by Angela Ferraro-Fanning.

Articles about Contracts, Copyrights and more
Helpful and comprehensive advice on copyright, contracts and related legal topics for writers, illustrators and publishers by Ivan Hoffman, lawyer.

Terms and conditions
A quick overview about copyright etc. by Moira Munro.

Helpful info on pricing illustrations
Illustrators organizations
and communities