Resources

SITES WORTH FOLLOWING

Society of Illustrators

Your Dreams My Nightmares, podcasts by Sam Weber

Communication Arts

MoCCA Fest



Jessica Hische Genius designer/illustrator on Freelancing.
Morgan & Gaynin 

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.
Blog about creative books created by Julia Rothman, well designed and informative
Dear Art Director provides Q&A about interacting and garnering professional relationships within the industry 

Escape from Illustration Island podcasts by Thomas James

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.
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.
COMPETITIONS
Communication Arts magazine (includes student category): January 6, 2017
World Illustration Awards: February 6, 2017
American Illustration: February 17, 2017
3x3 magazine: March 24, 2017
Assorted categories of International Illustration Competitions


PORTFOLIO SITES
Usually you pay an annual fee for a portfolio, but you might be able to get a free listing
Creative Boom 75 useful Links to show your work (thanks Abbey Lossing for the tip)
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
CafĂ© Press T-shirts, mugs, PJs, keychains, all kinds of stuff
MagCloud Books
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
Society6 IPhone cases, pillows, t-shirts and manages sales for artists
Spoonflower Textiles, wrapping paper, wallpaper
Wook Nation Pins and patches
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

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