How to be an Illustrator

Author(s): Darrel Rees

Non-Fiction (All Ages)

This book offers practical help and guidance to aspiring illustrators. All areas of the job are covered creating a portfolio; approaching potential clients; preparing for meetings and negotiating contracts; setting up a studio; maintaining a flow of work and managing ones time and cash. Self-promotion, creating websites, selfpublishing and the pros and cons of agents are all explored. International illustrators are interviewed, discussing how they got their break in the industry, their experiences with clients, their methods of promoting work and more. In addition, leading art directors describe their approach to commissioning illustration, how they spot new talent, their thoughts on promotional material and their advice to up-and-coming illustrators. Packed with useful tips gleaned from the authors own career as an illustrator, and his work as an agent handling some of the best new talent, the book is an essential read for anyone looking to succeed in illustration.


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Darrel Rees has worked as an illustrator since 1986, joining influential London studio The Big Orange in 1992. In 1994 he co-founded illustration agency Heart (London and New York). He is a member of the Society of Publication Designers in New York and the D&AD in the UK, acting as a jury foreman on its awards scheme.

Approx. 7,000 words of new/replacement text, with new illustrator interviews and updated colour images throughout. Foreword, Nicholas Blechman pp.4 - 5 Introduction: The broad and social church of illustration All new text Chapter 1: Getting started Interview/Art director Guy Marshall (new) Interview/Illustrator Aude Van Ryn (new images) Chapter 2: Preparing your portfolio New: material on digital portfolios Interview/Art director Luke Hayman (expanded text and new images) Interview/Illustrator Bruce Ingman (new) Chapter 3: Job-hunting and interviews Interview/Art director Simon Esterson (expanded text) Interview/Illustrator Marc Boutavant (new images) Chapter 4: Producing the first job Interview/Illustrator Michael Gillette (new images) Chapter 5: Billing it - financial tips Interview/Illustrator Yuko Shimizi (new) Chapter 6: Promoting yourself New: material on e-mail dos and don'ts and self-promotion through digital media Interview/Art director Sarah Thomson (expanded text) Interview/Illustrator Victo Ngai (new) Interview/Illustrator Marion Deuchars (new) Chapter 7: Studios Many new images throughout Studio Interviews/Illustrators Brett Ryder, David Lucas (new images) Interview/Illustrator Romy Blumel (new) Chapter 8: Agents Interview/Art director Wladimir Marnich Interview/Illustrator Brett Ryder (new images) Appendix All listings updated

General Fields

  • : 9781780673288
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : 0.45
  • : November 2013
  • : 230mm X 190mm
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Darrel Rees
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 168
  • : 90 colour illustrations