Let me know if you find links to other relevant and useful assets.
On the syllabus, due dates are listed for specific readings. Here are links to most of them, plus more. Explore further and deeper, please.
Jessica Hische Genius designer/illustrator on Freelancing.
Morgan & Gaynin Numerous required readings for this class.
Muddy Colors Fantasy art collective. Goldmine of articles and tips.
Neil Swaab SU alum, illustrator, designer, and teacher, he has a wealth of relevant articles.
Freelancers Union articles on how much to charge, how to negotiate, etc.
Tips on image optimization for your website
AIGA article on copyright law
Drawn and Drafted All manner of resources illustrators. Bookmark this, now.
CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (CMSs)
Free online applications with which to store your images and build your website using existing templates. For an annual fee, you can further customize your site.
Adobe Portfolio If you’re a subscriber to Adobe Creative Cloud, their new CMS is getting good reviews. Apparently it’s comparable to Square Space for clean-looking themes and ease of use.
Cargo Collective Popular with some illustrators
SquareSpace Many find this CMS easy to use
WordPress I use Wordpress to build my class blogs and my own site. (Some find it cumbersome to work with).
One of WordPress’s free themes that’s perfect for portfolios is Sketch.
Society of Illustrators 2015 Gallery Get inspired, not overwhelmed
3×3 magazine student competition; deadline March 25, 2016
American Illustration competition; deadline February 19, 2016
An array of links to international illustration competitions, including
World Illustration Awards; deadline February 6, 2016
BLOGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Most illustrators will also have a platform in social media to post WIP, sketches, musings and the like. Find what works for you.
Facebook You can have a professional page as well as a personal one
ArtsJournal Copyright and Social Media
ArtsJournal Copyright registration
US Copyright website
Usually you pay an annual fee for a portfolio, but you might be able to get a free listing
Illoz Invitation only
SUPPLIERS WHO MAKE THINGS
Printers of many things, from postcards to mugs to mobile phone cases
Blurb Books, both print and ePublications
Café Press T-shirts, mugs, PJs, keychains, all kinds of stuff
Lumi All manner of printing materials and products
The Merchery Local CNY screen printer
Modern Postcard Well, duh. As well as folding cards, calendars, etc.
Moo High-quality cards, can get heavier weight paper stock
Overnight Prints Cards, postcards
Paper Mart Not printing, but packaging materials: boxes, ribbons, tapes, etc
PressGeek Cards, brochures, pocket folders, etc.
Sticker App They do a good job, including custom diecuts
ShrinkyDink-type material to make pins
Society6 IPhone cases, pillows, t-shirts and manages sales for artists
Spoonflower Textiles, wrapping paper, wallpaper
UTC Uniforms Etc. Nearby in Fulton, NY; grad Nate Mclennen highly recommends them. Go to Decorating Services, scroll down to Product Catalog to see a wealth of items.
Wook Nation Pins and patches
Zink Screenprinting Never worked with them, but they’re local.
lynda.syr.edu Free and fantastic
Graphic Artists Guild Publishers of the Pricing and Ethical Guidelines, a national members organization. The Guild is committed to improving conditions for all graphic artists (including, but not limited to: animators, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, and digital artists).
Professional Artist Client Toollkit Particularly of interest to fantasy, sci-fi and comic book artists, however there are some great articles pertinent to all freelancer illustrators. Plus only $29 yearly membership with numerous tools and assets.
Snask Check out the job applicant at 16:30