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‘How to be an Illustrator’ by Darrel Rees, published by Laurence King


Written as a companion book to their highly successful ‘How to be a Designer’ by Adrian Shaugnessy, ‘How to Be an Illustrator’ is a practical guide for graduates and would-be freelance illustrators. It offers advice on every aspect of the profession, from creating a portfolio to approaching clients, tips on reading and negotiating contracts, and how to handle, deliver and bill that first job and keep the work coming in. It discusses the pros and cons of working from home or from a studio, time and cash flow management, and provides information on successful self-promotion, self-publishing and the pros and cons of agents. Laurence King Publishing approached Darrel Rees to write the book, drawing on his experience both as a freelance illustrator and as Director and founder of the Heart Agency. The book features interviews with an international spread of established illustrators such as Jeffrey Decoster, Yuko Shimizu and Marc Boutavant, as well as Designers and Art Directors who discuss their experiences of commissioning illustrators.

230×190 mm Paperback. 160 pages, 80 illustrations. English language edition.