3x3 Illustration Directory


Have questions about advertising in the Directory? Please read below. If your answer isn't there, please contact us.

What is the difference between the 3x3 Annual and the 3x3 Directory?
The Annual is our yearly juried competition resulting in a printed and digital Annual available for sale. The Directory is sent free to 6,000 art directors and art buyers in America.
Why consider advertising in a directory?
Research shows that 80% of art directors and 100% of art buyers rely on directories to find illustrators.
What makes the 3x3 Directory different from other directories?
First, ours is a curated Directory—it’s not a pay-for-play situation, you have to be invited to be in our Directory. Also, we divide the Directory into specific categories which is helpful for art directors to find what they’re looking for. And ours is designed and edited by an art director. Most importantly, it’s affordable.
If I’m invited what image(s) do I send?
First you need to select a category. If you’re interest is in editorial be more specific, is it Lifestyle, Sports, Food & Beverage, Maps, Icons or Lettering, Portraits? It can be a published or unpublished image.
Can I ask for help selecting an image?
Yes, we can also help you select the category.
How much does it cost to be in the 3x3 Directory?
Our 3x3 Directory is the most affordable directory available. Instead of thousands of dollars, we’re hundreds of dollars. A single page—vertical or square—$700, each additional page is $500 per page. Spreads—a single horizontal image—$1250. Use the Early Bird Discount by September 20, 2021 and you’ll receive a 40% discount, $425/$250/$765.
Why is the 3x3 Directory so much more affordable?
Our goal is to get talented illustrators in front of more art directors at a fair and reasonable cost.
What if I’m waiting for a client to pay me before I can reserve a page?
We’re happy to offer the option of an interest-free 3-month payment plan. The first payment is due with your reservation, the next two payments will be billed monthly.
What are the categories?
Conceptual, Portrait, Business, Sports, Whimsical, Animation, Surface Design, Children, Food and Beverage, Lifestyle, Figurative, Lettering, Maps and Icons, Fantasy, Seasonal, Nature and Animal.
Are there any restrictions on the image I send?
The image must be a vertical or square image for a single page. A single horizontal image for a spread.
What are the specs?
Images need to be 9-inches (22.86cm) on the longest side RGB, 300dpi, jpeg for single pages. For spreads, 12.25-inches (31.115cm) on the longest side, RGB, 300dpi, jpeg.
Who receives the 3x3 Directory?
The 3x3 Directory is sent free to art directors and art buyers in Advertising Agencies, Graphic Design Studios, Magazines, Book Publishers, Children’s Book Publishers, Entertainment Companies and In-House Art Departments.
How do I submit work to be considered for the next 3x3 Directory?
If you can’t participate this year, update us about your work with emails and mailers. Send emails to (email: info@3x3mag.com text: info@3x3mag.com) and mailers to 3x3, 244 Fifth Avenue, Ste F269, New York, NY 10001.