The Illustrator’s Guide to Law & Business Practice

Written by Simon Stern and published by the Association of Illustrators (AOI), The Illustrator’s Guide to Law & Business Practice is a great reference book for freelancers, agents and anyone else who needs to get their head around the minefield of business and legal issues relating to the UK illustration industry.

It contains lots of good, practical advice on everything from arranging contracts to copyright issues, bringing together a huge amount of important information in one place.

There is plenty of sound advice about pricing, negotiating with clients, licensing agreements, royalty payments and working with agents, plus a very handy ‘Terms of Trade’ contract that you can photocopy/scan and use yourself. We particularly liked the chapter on copyright which tells you what you need to know and where you (and other people) stand in nice simple terms.

As you would expect from an organisation like the AOI, The Illustrator’s Guide is nicely designed and contains fantastic artwork throughout. The book has been split into ‘Must read’, ‘Should read’ and ‘Read when needed’ sections, as well as providing a number of useful appendices. The chapters are very clearly laid out, making it easy to dip into the book as needed and Simon Stern has managed to write about a very difficult and dry subject in a way that makes it understandable and relevant. A must for any UK illustrator’s bookshelf!

You can buy a copy of the book here: The Illustrator’s Guide to Law and Business Practice (Association of Illustrators)

Publishing info –
Title: The Illustrator’s Guide to Law & Business Practice
Author: Simon Stern
Illustrator: Various
Publisher: The Association of Illustrators (2008)
ISBN: 978-0955807602


  1. I didn’t even read half of it and it helped me improve my contract with clauses such as the refusal clause. Thanks to it, from a project which the client couldn’t sustain anymore, and after working just a couple off sketches, I obtained 25% of its whole value ( while other times I would have worked samples for nothing). I totally recomend it 🙂

  2. I may need to read this book! As a ‘senior’ freelance illustrator I should know about the importance of contracts etc. I worked loyally for a regular client over several years, but I/we didn’t foresee a heart attack which stopped me, mid-project, age 61. Client needed to find alternative artist(s) to finish the project. I was warmly thanked for all my work over the years, but that was it. My comment may serve as a ‘cautionary tale’?

    1. It’s written with the UK market in mind, but there’s no reason it can’t be applied to international markets too. There’s a GAG pricing guide for US specific information, but it lacks the business practise aspect. Obviously with any book that talks about law, it’s going to be specific to a country.

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