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Breaking Into Freelance Illustration: A Guide for Artists, Designers and Illustrators Paperback – Sep 21 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (Sept. 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611971
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

For Holly DeWolf, nothing is as gratifying as being involved in the illustration industry. Her creative habits have served her well and now as a creative mentor, she hopes to inspire others to build the creative business they want. Holly has been a freelance illustrator for the past fifteen years. She has been spotlighted on Designers who Blog, Illustrophile, and Design Inspiration. Holly also writes and teaches when she is not creating "handmade experiences" in paint. You can connect with Holly at

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It's well written and has lots of good ideas.
I do recommend this book to people who want to give this career a shot!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e331ec4) out of 5 stars Good Motivator Jan. 2 2010
By J. Hogan - Published on
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This is a good book for those start-ups who need some motivation to get up and start their own design practice. The author gives some good advice from someone who's "been there, done that." Starting a new home-based, illustration business, or any business for that matter, can be very intimidating for those who have never done it before. I've always appreciated those who step forward to offer guidance to those who are new to the business. This book tells the reader that they "can do it" and offers some good tips for a successful business, as well as, offering some good advice on things to avoid.

At first, the book seemed to be geared towards stay-at-home moms looking to start a design business while working around the daily routine of running a home with kids. But, as the book progressed it offered good advice for all new home-based business owners. It definitely has given me some motivation to do what I thought may be a difficult field to break into.'s a good book based purely on illustration and not co-mingled with graphic design. Well worth the read.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4da2e8) out of 5 stars Three Things I Love About This Book Jan. 22 2010
By Kathy Weller - Published on
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>Its a creative business book that's also a fun read

There is no slogging through the content in this book. It's packaged well in fun-sized, easily digestible morsels. This helps make it an addictive read. It's a flexible one, too--for the reader, it would be as comfortable to consume the entire book in a few longer sittings, as it would be to pop off a few pages at a time over the course of a couple weeks, say, on your daily commute.

>It features real-deal conversations, observations and advice from a variety of active, working illustrators and designers

I love that there's snippets from working professionals from all walks of illustration: children's, editorial, art licensing, logo designers, and more. This not only helps to illustrate personal experiences in so many different areas of the industry, but it also illuminates how similar all of our experiences as creative professionals are, how we all often struggle with the same fundamental challenges, and how some general solutions to these problems can be retro-fitted to our own particular situation with just a fresh eye and an open mind. Though each of us may concentrate on different areas of the industry and, as such, have very individualized, specific goals for our respective work, there is more that is fundamentally similar in all of our experiences than is different.

>A great introductory book for young illustrators... and a good reminder manual for the established

Many business books for creatives tout the same, classic, tried-and-true fundamentals. Good advice is good advice, right? This book shares some of the same, but also shares so much more--Holly's voice shines right through the words on the page. She's personable and honest, like a good friend who doesn't sugarcoat things. Holly acts as an invisible mentor, dispensing some real tough-love advice, but in a completely comfy, "positive-vibes" type of package. She definitely has a way with words, proving a strong ability to cover a lot of material in a way that's neither overwhelming nor disorganized, while maintaining her loose, conversational tone. All in all, it's an easily digestible book on the business of art that's great for artists who have an aversion to business books.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4da0f0) out of 5 stars Not a lot of helpful information June 25 2011
By Kelley - Published on
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As an illustration student, was excited to receive this book and learn all about breaking into the illustration industry. However, I was disappointed by the content, or lack thereof. As another reviewer pointed out, most of this book is full of "fluff," such as organizing your home office (the author recommends placing your recycle bin near a paper shredder) or how to be a better listener (the author's tip: pay attention to people). When describing ways to get inspired, the author suggests starting a file of inspiring quotes. Then she lists "a few websites to get you started: [...] Wow, good stuff, right?
Quotes are obviously a big deal to this author, because the whole book is littered with cutesy, unnecessary quotes that don't always match the content of the chapter. The illustrations featured throughout the book are sometimes dated and stick pretty strictly to the author's greeting-card style rather than a broad range of styles. The author quotes other artists about their experiences and advice, which is nice, but these extended quotes sound a lot like unedited emails from friends.
With nuggets of wisdom such as "feel what you need to creatively feel," this book reads more like a motivational tool than a real nuts-and-bolts guide to the illustration industry. The more practical information, such as building a printed portfolio, tends to be vague and generalized. Meanwhile, the author spends too much time discussing lighter topics such as "creative diversions" to get your artistic juices flowing. (She collects Playmobil toys!)
I'm going to keep looking for another book on getting into the illustration industry.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4da324) out of 5 stars Mostly fluff Dec 30 2010
By Progfrog - Published on
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This book should be retitled to something like "Self Help and Motivation for Freelancers." Not a lot of nuts and bolts. I don't know how all this fluff and filler was ever organized into chapters. I could take random paragraphs from different sections of this book, and you would not be able to tell where they were supposed to go.
However, maybe one fifth is worth reading, therefore one out of five stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4da714) out of 5 stars Go team! Sept. 23 2011
By Daniel Heywood - Published on
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If you need a cheer leader, this may work for you. For me, I found it lacking in solid information. I thought it more of a "You can do it!" than a "Here's how to do it."

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