A little known fact is that technically all buildings are covered by copyright law. The copyright is usually held by the architect of the building and expires 70 years after the death of the architect. It is worth doing some research if you’re planning to depict any specific buildings or landmarks in an illustration for a commercial use.

Why championing the illustrator can add enormous value and creative capital to your commission.

Shan Jiang for Hennessy

Whether it’s the client using their own social media channels and content to talk about the illustrator and their role within the project, or the illustrators using their own social media presence to talk about the commission, we’re seeing more and more clients getting real mileage out of an illustration commission, and this can only be a good thing for client and artist. …

Ruby Taylor for Who Gives a Crap

From working with healthy or ethical brands, to communicating powerful messages, here are 6 illustrators using their skills for the greater good, and doing it with style.

Ruby Taylor for Who Gives a Crap

These guys are just awesome! They’re tackling a global problem of poor sanitation with a wink and a nudge and a good dose of toilet humour. 50% of the company’s profits go to helping build toilets and improve sanitation in developing countries. And not only are they doing good things, they’ve also managed to create a toilet paper brand with some genuine ‘hype’ by teaming up…

Illustration: Marcos Farina

Whether you’re working at a design or ad agency, or running your own business, commissioning some bespoke illustration for the first time may seem like a daunting prospect. This is a detailed guide to the general process, which should make things as smooth as possible. While I’ve written this specifically with clients in mind, it could also be a useful read for illustration graduates looking to land their first commissions and unsure of what details they should have locked down before starting a project.

Illustration: Whooli Chen

Often an illustrator will be asked to create illustrations for a company, and this imagery will form a key part of that brand’s look and feel, and therefore the client will sometimes think this means they need to own the copyright in the work.

We would always advise an illustrator to avoid assigning their copyright to a client, because the licensed rights should, in most cases, be sufficient. It’s highly unusual in the grand scheme of things to have to assign copyright.

Illustration: Nishant Choksi

As an illustration agency, we receive hundreds of submissions every month. It’s a competitive industry, and all it really boils down to is whether your work is good enough, but there are a few things you can be doing to make it easier for agents to see what you’re doing, and more importantly save yourself any wasted effort.

You’ll only have a matter of seconds to make an impression, so make it as easy as possible for them to see your work in an instant.


A Consistent Style

We have around 100 illustrators on the books…

Tess Redburn

Art and illustration consultant. Creative project manager. Writing about illustration industry insights

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