Freelancing

An EIN: A Simple Way to Protect Yourself

An EIN: A Simple Way to Protect Yourself

Even a freelancer who does a small amount of business will at some point have a client who is going to need a W9 form so that they can report their payments to you on their taxes. For many of us, this means filling out a simple federal form with […]

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 […]

Illustration © 2013 edfredned

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 […]

A Foot in the Door at Top Cow’s Talent Hunt

A Foot in the Door at Top Cow’s Talent Hunt

What we all need is a foot in the door somewhere. Whether it’s the door to an ad agency, a local shop or a publisher, a door that’s even slightly open to us raises our chances of getting the job. If you’re looking to break into the field of comic […]

Advice to Aspiring Comic Book Writers and Artists by Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins

To go along with the Top Cow Talent Hunt, we asked President/COO Matt Hawkins to give us a punch list of suggestions to those submitting their work for consideration. Here are Matt’s bullets: WRITERS Writers need to be able to convey mood, tone and character and do so very quickly. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Your Portfolio Needs to be Updated, Doesn’t it?

Your Portfolio Needs to be Updated, Doesn’t it?

Quick question: When was the last time you updated your portfolio? It’s hard to think back that far isn’t it? This is a problem that dogs many creatives. We’re too busy cranking out great work to bother grabbing some of it for others to see. Well, consider this your inspiration […]

Ready, Set, Freelance

Ready, Set, Freelance

On May 24, 2012, Justin and I gave a talk at the Creative Careers Conference at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. The C3 Conference is a two-day event helping to advance professional development for artists and designers. Our talk was titled Ready, Set, Freelance and below we’ve outlined a bunch of […]