15 Steps to Freelance Illustration

Start your illustration career on the right foot!

“I get asked all the time how I’ve gotten to work with clients like The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many others. The most complete and useful answer I could give is all included in 15 Steps to Freelance Illustration

– Thomas James, Illustrator and Author

Want to start your own Illustration business?

Not sure where to begin?

You’re in luck!

15 Steps to Freelance Illustration is a Step-by-Step guide and Workbook written specifically to give you the best chance of getting started on the right foot. Thousands of artists have already benefited from this resource, and many Illustration professors have made it required reading for their students, because it tells you exactly what you need to do to be a successful professional Illustrator. Whether you’re just starting out or have struggled to launch your business with unsatisfactory results, 15 Steps can help you to build a strong foundation for your freelance Illustration career, guaranteed!

The 2nd Edition features an updated look at an old classic with new ideas on building your illustration career for the long haul. Plus, we’re throwing in a free copy of our popular ebook Inside Illustration Competitions!

Reviews from Illustrators, Educators, and Art Reps:

“I think your e-Book is another great tool you are providing the artist who is interested in Illustration. You are giving the budding Illustrator all the information he or she needs to become a professional. It’s a tough business right now, and people need all the help they can get in the way of information.”

– Anthony Freda – Illustrator, Lecturer, and Graduate Mentor

“I am going to require it for my Illustration students at FIT this fall. Having the process broken down, like your book, is a great step to really embracing it all.”

– Melanie Reim – Chair, MFA in Illustration, FIT

“15 Steps to Freelance Illustration provides the check list needed as you tiptoe your way to entrepreneurial success. This book is a self-educational tool that will earn you a future.”

– Scott Hull – Artist Representative

What’s Inside

15 Steps to Freelance Illustration is a downloadable zip file containing an eBook and Workbook that will walk you through the essential steps of starting your freelance Illustration business, such as:

• Setting reachable goals
• Creating an efficient workspace
• Managing your time and money
• Deciding how much to charge
• Defining your brand
• Using social networking strategies
• Building a website and blog
• Assembling an effective portfolio
• Building a targeted contact list
• and more!

Special Bonuses

15 Steps to Freelance Illustration also comes with these added bonus items:

• Inside Illustration Competitions ebook

• Supplemental Workbook that allows the artist to personalize the steps to fit their own unique business
• Quotes from over 40 Illustrators answering the question “What do you wish you knew when you first started out?”

About the Author

Thomas James is an Illustrator and the Editor/Creative Director of Illustration Age and Illustration Friday. His work has appeared in the New York Times, WIRED, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications and has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and HOW Magazine.

Thomas has given lectures and workshops for ICON The Illustration Conference, the Graphic Artists Guild and the Stumptown Comics Fest, has written for Fuel Your Illustration, Design TAXI, and Vector Tuts +, and has been featured on Illustration podcasts and blogs such as Drawn 2 Success, Big Illustration Party Time, Chris Oatley’s Artcast, Art & Story, Zero 2 Illo, Workbook, Artsy Shark, and Ninja Mountain.

More reviews of ’15 Steps to Freelance Illustration’:

“It’s thorough, yet not too complicated, and it’s very flexible for different types of artists of different experience levels. I like the workbook too. It’s a great way to get your readers motivated and on task.” – Dani Jones – Illustrator and founder of the Artcast Network

“Thomas has done a great job of putting together the basics. I was pleased to see the amount of resources he provides at the end of the book. I’m sure this book will be very popular with freelancers everywhere.” Bob Ostrom – Illustrator and co-host of the Answers for Freelancers and Creative Independence Podcasts

“Anyone that follows the Escape From Illustration Island blog and listens to the Podcasts regularly already knows that Thomas knows his stuff – imagine all of that knowledge and experience squeezed into a 15 step guide to getting your illustration business off the ground and there you have it…15 Steps To Freelance Illustration.

Full of practical and actionable steps to guide you on your way, the ebook and accompanying workbook are invaluable tools that should be in every aspiring illustrators toolbox. Well worth the cover price…and more!” – Jonathan Woodward – Illustrator and founder of Zero 2 Illo, ‘A Blog for Aspiring Illustrators’

Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not completely satisfied that 15 Steps to Freelance Illustration is helping you to start your Illustration business on the right foot, just let me know and I’ll refund your money in full. No questions asked.