Becoming A Successful Illustrator

Becoming A Successful Illustrator: Concept to Creation

by Derek Brazell

Derek Brazell graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Middlesex University. He has been illustrating since 1984 and some of his clients include Penguin Books, Harper Collins, Next and Scholastic Books. He was the editor of the Association of Illustrators magazine and he now is on the editorial board and is production administrator for Varoom. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Jo Davies

Jo Davies got her BA in Graphic Design Illustration from Maidstone College of Art and her MA from Kingston University. She has worked as an illustrator since 1985 and her clients include Weidenfeld and Nicholson, British Airways and Sony. She has has been a council member of the Association of Illustrators and is an editorial board member of Varoom. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2017
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    978-1-4742-8424-0 (paperback)

    978-1-4742-8890-3 (online)
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    Second Edition
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Becoming A Successful Illustrator
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Illustration is a diverse and constantly evolving area of art and design and an appealing creative career. But to stand out from the crowd, successful illustrators need to combine creative talent with strong marketing and promotional skills.

Becoming a Successful Illustrator provides practical and inspirational guidance on finding and contacting clients, putting together promotional materials and establishing yourself as a professional illustrator. With case studies, and firsthand tips and hints from practising illustrators at varying stages in their careers, and packed with hundreds of beautiful examples of professional work, this is a must-have guide to the working world of illustration.

This title is part of the Creative Careers series from Fairchild Books, designed to help bridge the gap between academia and a first job in the creative industries. Brimming with helpful tips and facts about the world of work, they offer an essential guide for any emerging creative practitioner.

The cover artwork for Becoming a Successful Illustrator has been shortlisted for an illustration award in the 2013 books category by the prestigious Association of Illustrators.