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Ask a Pro! YOUR Q&A with a Graphic Designer and an Illustrator Webinar and Resource List

In this 2+ hour webinar, illustrator Ed Shems and design director Rebecca Blake answered questions from students the real-world side of being a creative professional. The archived webinar is for anyone to watch.

Ed and Rebecca collected a list of resources both mentioned during the webinar, and culled afterwards in response to the students’ questions.

About the Presenters:

Rebecca is Design Director at Optimum Design & Consulting, a full service design firm in NYC, and as a Guild board member, has conducted numerous webinars and seminars on pricing and estimating. She also heads a workgroup with ico-D, the International Council of Design.

Ed ( is a RISD graduate with 25 years’ experience in digital illustration for children’s books, chapter books, magazines, and other projects too numerous to write about in one small paragraph. Ed is the co-founder of Creative Relay and is the special guest coordinator for MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo).

Resource List for Illustrators & Designers

Copyright Information

Copyright Basics:

Registering Your Copyrights:

Working with Copyrights:

Starting Your Creative Business:

Startup Resources:

Domain name registration:

Promoting and Marketing Yourself

Other ways to get noticed and make money (register your copyrights before uploading your designs and illustrations!):

  • Lecturing/Teaching
  • Kickstarter
  • Conferences

Licensing Your Art

All Art Licensing offers mini courses, coaching, and consulting, and a great blog on licensing. (Guild members get a discount on all courses and coaching/consulting services.)

Running your Creative Business

General Resources:

Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical GuidelinesThe print version of the industry bible on running a creative business, including business essentials, professional and legal issues, and pricing guidelines.

The Primer Series– the Handbook as a three-part eBook series: Purchase the entire Handbook or only the sections which most matter to you as an iBook or Android from Vital Source or iBook, Mac, or iOS from iTunes.

Resources from Creative Relay partners Ed Shems and Justin Perricone:

Pricing your Work:


Productivity Resources:

oozled: A curated feed of business and productivity tools and resources for designers, web developers, and visual artists.

Productivity software:

  • Harvest: Time and expense tracking

Image tracking (find where your images are being used online):

Website Building Resources:

Estimating and Invoicing Tools:

Estimating and Invoicing Software:

Accounting Software:

  •  Wave apps: free apps plus low subscription for additional services
  • GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping: (formerly Outright) online bookkeeping and accounting
  • FreshBooks: online accounting system
  • Invoice Home is an ultra simple and intuitive invoice generator created with small businesses, startups and freelancers in mind.

Service Providers:


Web Hosting:


Finding Work

Job boards:

Freelance Work:

  • Guru: design, art & multimedia feed
  • Upwork (formerly Elance)
  • Folyo: focus on web design and UI/UX, pricing tends to be higher than most jobboards

Resume Building Tools:


Novoresume offers a web-based resume building tool that combines functionality with aesthetics. This allows you to create a well designed and effective resume, increasing the probability of you converting your job application into an interview.

Online Courses:

Online Courses Review: A guide to top online graphic design courses, accredited degrees & certifications, self guided and open college courses.