Resources

Let me know if you find links to other relevant and useful assets.

READINGS

On the syllabus, due dates are listed for specific readings. Here are links to most of them, plus more. Explore further and deeper, please.

Illustration Age Amazing resources, including an invaluable list of Art Directors

How to Contact Art Directors blog post by illustrator Magoz

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.

Kali Ciesmeir, great illustrator with some great blog postings

Freelancers Union articles on how much to charge, how to negotiate, etc.

Surviving the Freelance Life

Tips for Writing Effective Emails

FAQs about Copyrights

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

Dunked

Krop

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.

Wix

COMPETITIONS

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

Instagram

Tumblr

Twitter

COPYRIGHT ISSUES

ArtsJournal Copyright and Social Media

ArtsJournal Copyright registration

US Copyright website

PORTFOLIO SITES

Usually you pay an annual fee for a portfolio, but you might be able to get a free listing

AltPick

Behance

Creative Boom 75 useful Links to show your work (thanks Abbey Lossing for the tip)

FoundFolios

Illoz Invitation only

TheISpot

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

MagCloud Books

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.

SOFTWARE TUTORIALS

lynda.syr.edu Free and fantastic 

ORGANIZATIONS

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.

VIDEOS

Snask Check out the job applicant at 16:30

 
BLOGS WORTH READING
Blog about creative books created by Julia Rothman, well designed and informative

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