Books Im reading.

Book - How to be an Illustrator  by Darrel Rees published by Laurence King
‘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.

Book - Marketing illustration by Heller & Marshall

This is an indispensable reference source for anyone planning to make a successful and fulfilling career as an illustrator. The world of illustration is fast-paced, competitive, and ever evolving. So how can illustrators not only survive, but prosper? "Marketing Illustration" offers readers a comprehensive look at the realities of working in the illustration industry today. Anyone involved with illustration will find illumination and practical advice on everything from the role of illustration in various industries - such as graphic novels and comics, animation, web games and design, toys, fashion, and textiles - to the needs of the current marketplace, and from discovering the 'next big thing' to the traditional vs. nontraditional media debate. This volume also includes interviews with 50 of the most respect names in the industry - including Christoph Niemann, Stefan Bucher, Wes Bedrosian, Brian Cronin, and Yuko Shimuzo - in which they share their hard earned insights.