Jon Cockley came prepared with a large number of images and some great information.
Together with his cousin Tom, he is a co-founder of a London-based illustration agency Handsome Frank, which was named after their grandfather (the beautiful feature image).
Initially Jon worked in publishing, and when he got the idea he called Tom and they discussed it over a pint. Today they work with 35 illustrators exclusive to their agency.
What does an illustration agency do?
First of all, they connect illustrators with clients. They also manage the projects, finances, taxes, and promotion.
Jon advised us to send physical stuff whenever possible (instead of emailing), not work for free, be ok with getting paid in other ways than cash, always retain our copyright, be active on social media (surprise, surprise!), and, of course, have a positive attitude.
Below you can see (some) of the images that Jon bought along, there are quite a few, but they are so great that I couldn’t help myself.
I hope you like these illustrations at least as much as I did.