Are you an art director who commissions illustrations? Are you a designer who also illustrates? Although the two disciplines have much in common, each requires its own business savvy. Most designers could stand to learn a thing or two about working with illustrators. And designers who branch into illustration themselves often feel overwhelmed by the new territory—working with reps, applying for copyrights, and establishing a distinctive style. Multi-tasker Neil Swaab, who frequently finds himself on both sides of the equation, will share some of the most important things designers ought to know about illustration.
Neil Swaab is a freelance illustrator, art director, cartoonist, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, Print Magazine, Communication Arts, American Illustration, The Type Directors Club, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is also an adjunct professor at Parsons the New School for Design where he teaches in the Illustration Department. In his free time, he also runs the informative blog Business of Illustration.