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Ten years ago, I started teaching a Professional Practices class for illustrators at Parsons the New School for Design. Since then, I’ve had many graduates come up to me, wishing they could repeat my course now that they’re out of school and actually living what I was talking about. I decided to build this website as a repository of all things related to the business of illustration—not just for them, but for anyone interested in learning more about this creative field. This site is intended for new or aspiring illustrators to learn the best practices towards starting a successful career.

As any working illustrator will tell you, there is more than one way to do a job. So, experiences will obviously vary and you should keep that in mind. If you disagree with anything, by all means, jump into the comments and say why. Also, if there’s any particular topic you’re dying to see talked about, let me know and I’ll try to do a future post about it.

This site updates every Monday unless I have a looming deadline, in which case all bets are off (lesson #1 about the business of illustration!).

Thanks for reading and I look forward to helping demystify this field for you!

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Neil Swaab is a freelance illustrator, art director, author, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He's an instructor at Parsons the New School for Design and the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou. His new authored and illustrated book, The Secrets to Ruling School: Class Election, comes out this September from Amulet Books.

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