I've been doing freelance illustration in a somewhat haphazard way for almost two years now, and I'm trying to get more organized about it. I'm wondering if someone can help me with some tips on locating art directors. I'm thinking of trying to find as many ADs as I can to write to, and assuming I won't be hearing back but trying anyway. How would that work I wonder? Do ADs work with projects of particular styles, and go to artists they know in those styles? Do they work within particular industries? What should I send them at first? I don't really know how the whole AD thing works at all, honestly.
I may be mistaken in the basic premise that locating and contacting art directors is a good way of hunting gigs, if this is the case please enlighten me. If not, I'd like to know where they can be found and what they're about.
Anything will help here.