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Via the blog, Hire an Illustrator:

Learning How to Commission Illustration

A short while ago one of our members, the highly talented and experienced illustrator Randy Gallegos, told us about a booklet he had produced: Learning How to Commission Illustration. It’s a really valuable resource that does exactly what it says: it shows people how to commission illustration!

Randy’s considerable understanding and knowledge of working with clients, especially independent publishers, has been compiled to provide a comprehensive explanation of the entire commissioning process. While this resource is targeted primarily at small and self-publishers, the information would be extremely useful to anyone who hasn’t worked with an illustrator before. Additionally, it would be a fantastic help to less experienced illustrators who may need advice on how to deal with artwork commissioners themselves.

The pamphlet describes the process of commissioning an illustration from start to finish, including how to approach an artist, choosing the right copyright, licensing, fees, time-scales and more. There are lots of examples of different situations in there too.

Randy’s pamphlet is available to download for free, so you can keep your own copy to hand and pass it on to your clients as well.

Very useful information, for both clients and illustrators.

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#1 - November 26, 2012, 08:55 AM
« Last Edit: November 27, 2012, 11:12 AM by Artemesia »

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This is great! Thanks for posting about the pamphlet and thanks to Randy for providing the information.
#2 - November 26, 2012, 09:54 AM


This is the best article I've ever read! Makes me rethink everything I thought I knew as an illustrator about the business. Thanks for sharing.
#3 - November 29, 2012, 10:33 AM

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I know this subject comes up often on the boards, so I'm going to use my super mod powers and make this sticky. Thanks for sharing, Tanja!
#4 - November 29, 2012, 10:35 AM
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Tanja this is GREAT! I'll definitely be contacting the writer to see if we can share this on our blog!!! Thanks so much!!!
#5 - November 29, 2012, 12:39 PM

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This was super helpful - Thanks Tanja!
#7 - December 01, 2012, 04:57 AM
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Great post - thanks !
#8 - December 01, 2012, 03:09 PM

This is a great resource! I just passed it along to a potential client who knows nothing about copyright issues. I'm sure I will be doing that a lot! Thanks for posting!
#9 - March 13, 2013, 03:08 PM

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Thanks for sharing this article. Very helpful.
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Thank you so much for sharing   
#11 - December 01, 2013, 08:44 PM

Thank you for this resource! I'm sending it to my client now. Very helpful :)
#12 - March 06, 2014, 11:33 AM

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Thanks for sharing this! It's very helpful!
#13 - March 10, 2014, 11:52 AM

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I need this right now! Thank you!
#14 - July 05, 2014, 06:12 AM

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There sure are a lot of people who need to read this article. It's great. Thanks for posting.
#15 - July 05, 2014, 09:36 AM

Thanks for posting! I've had several clients approach me with little more then "I need X amount of illustrations. How much do you charge?" It's nice to have articles like this to pass off to them so they can see for themselves how they should approach the topic.
#16 - January 09, 2015, 07:36 PM

This is fantastic, and is now bookmarked on my computer. :D
#17 - April 17, 2015, 12:17 PM

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Thanks for sharing, the booklet is chock full of great info! I've also saved a copy on my computer!
#18 - June 10, 2015, 10:17 AM

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Thank you very much for the information, Tanja! :)
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