I'm really short in time these days, but I decided to make this series of Journals in which I give you guys some hints on trying a professional life as an artist. I have been feeling inspired to do that lately, so let's do it <3333
Here is my previous Journal:
Wanna become a professional artist?You better WORKHello everyone~
I decided to start this discussion because it seems to be unknown yet a very wanted discussion among many artists. A long long time ago I made a poll asking my watchers if they wanted to become a professional artists someday (and this poll is on my profile again, please go there to give it your vote ^^) and 45% of my watchers said they wanted to become professionals someday and they would do their best to achieve that. I will tell you guys who are these professional guys, about notions of market and how to be noticed as well.
First off, I'll start telling you guys about something you've probably thought of in your artist life.
Our world has now 7 billion people. That's a lot, right? Now let's suppose that 1% of that population decides to dedicate their hobbies for painting and drawing (I cannot say "art" because art is pretty general, it involves music, cinema, etc) and 1% out of 7 billion is still a lot right? Now let's suppose that 10% (that is a very optimistic previ
First off, if you are reading this, it means you like drawing, right? ^^'' if you don't, then you probably missclicked it, sorry. ; v ;
But before thinking of becoming a professional, I advise you to measure how much you like drawing. Don't imagine yourself drawing like you do right now (during boring classes or on a short part of your free time). Imagine doing that at least 8 hours a day. Would you feel tired? Of course you would, all jobs are tiring after all. But do you think there would be times in which you would feel an immense, tiring art block you wouldn't be able to escape from? Would you be able to deal with the shortest deadlines possible? Or worse, would you be able to deal with people who don't recognize your art as being a job?
Unfortunately, there are and there always will be people around who think art is not a legit job, and “drawing an illustration” for someone is something anyone can do. I have a generous pity of graphic designers myself, they study notions of culture, esthetics, they always have to stay up-to-date for 4 years and the rest of their lives, and some of them even learn how to draw at the University when they never drew much more than stickmen in their lives. But once they get out of there, not many people treat them as professionals. They just treat them like “‘someone who knows how to draw’ and can make me this design’. Some don’t even think of paying with money, saying things like “Our project is still new, we can’t afford much” as they were saying “You choose to be an artist, you can eat when you’re dead”. Or they just say “I will make a publicy for your portfolio’’. Don’t fall for that guys, please
But I don’t think that’s the case. I think that happens because they don’t realize that many of us make a living out of that, and that is the only job that makes us alive. Besides, when you’re a professional artist, it is difficult to work with something else rather than drawing. If you’re a comic maker, you know how extremely time (and patience) consuming it can be.
There also might be clients who think that you’re their pet just because they paid you. They think they can commercialize your art as much as you want before you hand it over and they don’t even ask for your consent, or just TOTALLY forget all manners they have learned all their life long after they pay you hahahaha
So, based on my own experiences and others as well, I will teach you guys how to “tame’’ your clients. I’ll tell you how to make them not very harming, but not very guilty as well. Hope you stay with me!
Have your terms of service and ALWAYS show them.
Pretty self-explanatory. Your terms of service may normally have what you are willing to draw and not willing to draw, how your work can be used by the client, and how all the hiring itself must be done. It will be even better for you if you have a place where the client can sign, so you have an argument if they disrespect your rules. Make sure they read before starting as well. Never start working if they don’t know your terms of service. You can look at my terms of service for Visual Novel projects and have an idea of what I’m talking about: sta.sh/01mfkd1srl0s
Know what to tell them when they ask you for a “discount’’.
Some guys will do so and I think it’s quite disrespectful considering that drawing is your job. Show them your price tags and don’t change them. Trust me, you’ll be happy to ignore a client who does that.
Ask for payment in advance, but tell them not to send you all the payment at once.
Well, that’s quite delicate hahahahah @ v @;;;
First, take half of the payment to start. Don’t touch your pencil before you receive it. Work on it, send step by step of the process to your client (one of my clients complimented me for doing that) but send them in a low resolution. You probably don’t want to see anyone else finishing your work while you have only half of the payment, right?
Now the biggest deal: If they send you the payment all at once, they will probably think you’re their pet and become too bossy. But if you don’t get paid in advance, there is a chance that you don’t get paid at all (and YES, there are HORRIBLE people who can ask you for a big work and not pay you AT ALL, you gotta be very careful with that if you want to take a freelance job seriously).
As you probably saw in my Terms of Service, I ask for the payment before the sketch. You might be able to continue your drawing without part of the payment. You can do that once you know that your client is actually reliable, but remember: do not fully trust anyone.
Never give your client the originals.
Do not fall for that. They are not authorized to get your original work. That can also give them power to edit it, you probably don’t want that. But that is mostly in case you are working traditionally. I dislike it when they submit my art to a bunch of other sites, claiming as their own. You should probably dislike that as well.
Do not underprice yourself and do not force yourself to do something you can’t/don’t want to do.
As in normal drawing, you should always work on something that makes you feel into it. If you feel a small discomfort on the story of that game, if you feel something wrong about that client, don’t go.
Also don’t trust people who don’t put a comma or a period in their phrases they don’t take things seriously they don’t take their project seriously and they might not take your work seriously as well you might not understand any of what they say because of that and you might think that person is a stupid analphabet xD
Also its best for u not to trust someone who talks to u like this as well.
Also, about underpricing: you guys should NEVER EVER do that. Every time you work on an art piece, you should not only consider the work you put on that at that moment, but all the effort you put into drawing in your whole life. Think about all those frustrating art blocks you’ve been through until you got your life to get to this level. Hiring an artist should always be an expensive thing. I doubt people look so down on artists if no artist in the world underpriced himself/herself.
So, if you think of hiring an artist, think first. There are many amateur artists around that you can recruit rather than trying to make a legit professional flatten their prices. That is despicable, they do have their own prices and they will be always smart enough to tell that you are trying to deceive them. So if you don’t have money for your project, just don’t try to make it come true after all. Doing that is the same as going to a restaurant, eating as much as you can, not giving the waiter a tip and asking them for a discount because you’re broke. You might think doesn’t look like it, but it does. Drawing is a service like all others.
You won’t be able to get all art from one single artist for free, and only amateurs will make it cheaper for you. So if you want something cheaper, consider hiring an amateur.
Also, many of these hints might be useful for other types of freelances, even musicians. I really hope I was of help~
Thanks a lot for reading, please leave a comment and a fave so that more people can see this~