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My Never, Ever List by Gary Lacoste

My Never, Ever List by Gary Lacoste

NEVER EVER LET FEAR DRIVE THE BUS This is great advice I heard from licensing guru Cheryl Phelps. We all are afraid of failing or coming up short, and that fear can paralyze us into not making changes or choices that in the long run could further your career. Five […]

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How In-House Innovation Teams Could Benefit from the Addition of a Creative Quarterback

By Bruce Miller In the late 1980’s when several top marketers, specifically in the fashion industry, were setting up “in house” advertising agencies, they made a point of bringing top creative talent into the mix in order to keep the quality of the messaging on creative par with ad agencies […]

The Story of Comics as Poetry

The Story of Comics as Poetry

What’s worse than a rejection letter? Two rejection letters. From the same publisher. For the same book. Once a year, a major textbook publisher came by the art school where I used to teach to talk about their titles and solicit instructors for new ones. At the invitation of one […]

What It’s Like To Be An Illustrator

What It’s Like To Be An Illustrator

I used to get some pretty interesting requests when people found out I’m an illustrator but after ridiculing them in cartoons, they rarely ask me for anything again.

Inspiration for Reinventing the Illustrator

Inspiration for Reinventing the Illustrator

We recently organized an event called Reinventing the Illustrator to help fellow illustrators understand that there are so many opportunities for us. More info to come about the event, but Justin and I thought we should share the inspirational postcard/poster we created for the event. Use this to get your creative […]

The Art Director/Illustrator Relationship

The Art Director/Illustrator Relationship

What makes a great collaboration between an Art Director and an Illustrator? That’s the question Justin Perricone and I wanted to explore on behalf of art directors and illustrators when we began putting together a panel discussion for June 27, 2012. The event, titled The Art Director/Illustrator Relationship was co-sponsored […]

Top Cow Talent Hunt

Top Cow Talent Hunt

Top Cow, publishers of comics such as The Darkness, Witchblade and Cyberforce are looking for some new talent to join their ranks. From President/COO Matt Hawkins: “We are looking to hire two writers and two artists to do paid work for the company in 2013/2014. The goal of the Talent Hunt […]

Drawn Together at ICON 7

Drawn Together at ICON 7

It seems to me that trying to collect a large group of professional illustrators into one city for four days would be akin to herding cats into a doghouse, but somehow ICON pulled it off again. ICON, The Illustration Conference, recently concluded its 7th biennial conference, held this year in […]

Prepare for Disaster

Prepare for Disaster

Hard drive failure is fact of life. And I mean that. It’s a fact. No hard drive will last forever. But if you’re like a lot of folks, you just hope that failure is destined to come far after you upgrade and can copy files over to your new machine. […]

My Never, Ever List by Lisa Graves

My Never, Ever List by Lisa Graves

My own personal top five list of things you should NEVER EVER do as an illustrator. 5. Never, ever, ever agree to work for stuff like cigarettes. Newsflash- they’re really bad for you (who knew!?). Work for something more useful, like a set of All-clad LTD pots, an open tab […]