Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Friday, 5 December 2008
Chris Howker in Year 1 told me about this fab site. (Sorry Chris - I couldn't wait to share!) 'Grain edit' is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period. Site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books. http://grainedit.com/
Thursday, 4 December 2008
How to be an illustrator -- At last! Here is true practical help for budding freelance illustrators. This book helps you avoid the pitfalls that can ruin a career, with advice on crucial first impressions, how to create a portfolio and approach clients, how to negotiate contracts, and how to handle, deliver, and bill the first job. It discusses how to set up a studio, maintain a steady flow of work, and manage time and money. In addition, it provides information on successful self-promotion, self-publishing, and the pros and cons of agents.
Packed with useful tips gleaned from the author's own career and his work as an agent handling major artists in the US and UK, the book includes interviews with nine big-name illustrators. The reader benefits from their experience of starting out; what they learned during the metamorphosis from student to professional; what their expectations and experiences have been. In addition, art directors and commissioners describe the ways they like to be approached—and the ways they really dislike.
It is written by Darrel Rees who runs the Heart Agency - this guys knows is onions. This book would be great for any aspect of Professional Practice. Add it to your Christmas lists!