Aug 21, 2014

thebagatellecardclub:

anatomicalart:

briannacherrygarcia:

itscourtoon:

bathsabbath:

thorhugs:

compactcarl:

egriz:

im not even an artist and these prices are hurting my feelings 

This is what I have to dig through every time I look for new jobs to apply for.

For non-artists, let’s give you a little perspective.

For me, an illustration takes a bare minimum of 6 hours. Mind you, that’s JUST the drawing part. Not the research, or the communications, or gathering information. Just drawing.

That’s if it’s a simple illustration.

My art deco or more detailed stuff can take 20+ hours each.

Even simple, cartoony things still take at least 3 hours.

Let’s go with the second one. 2 illustrations for $25. Figuring 6 hours each. 12 hours total, for JUST the drawings. That’s approximately $2.08/hour. 

Asking these prices is an insult. But what’s even more hurtful is there are people out there that will take these jobs. Which only encourages rates like this to be acceptable. And there are people who will try to say these are just what you have to do to get started.

I believed that. So my first coloring gigs were just $10/page. The day someone offered me $25/page for just flatting work, I realized just how wrong I’d been. I’m still not making the rates I’d like, but now I refuse anything below $25/page. Because there is value in my time.

In any standardized industry, even ones that pay piece rate over hourly, these numbers are criminal.

Do your fellow artists a favor. Never accept jobs like these. There are others that pay legitimate rates. Or at least closer to legitimate.

Such baby bullshit. Don’t even get out of bed for these rates.

    If you are an artist who wants to make money off their art, I highly suggest you buy The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook. It goes in depth about copyright issues and even contains contract and model release templates. The 2013 book *I believe* states the average professional charges $72 an hour. This article calculated that to make a 40k annual salary you would need to charge about $60 per hour.

  After graduating from Art Center in 2012, I think I asked for somewhere between $35-45 an hour and got laughed at by multiple big name clients, which was infuriating, sadly expected, and terrifying with over $100K worth of student loans staring me in the face. If they tell you it will be “great exposure” that’s a red flag. Ask yourself how their exposure can compare to your Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook pages combined? 

And when you do get a decent paying gig, PROTECT YOURSELF. You have the right to negotiate and revise a contract. Do not start a job until you have a contract signed. If they don’t provide you with one, MAKE ONE. And make sure you have your bases covered. You can specify in a contract that maybe two revisions are included in your cost, and if they ask you to revise the piece more than twice, they will have to pay extra. In terms of payment schedule, I usually do the 50/50 Method (50% before, 50% after) or the 3/3/3 Method (1/3 before, 1/3 in the middle, 1/3 after all work has been received). Both of those are pretty standard in the industry, as they guarantee you will get compensated for your time, even if the job goes bad.

Remember you have a skill, and you have spent time honing that skill and you deserve to be adequately paid for that time and effort. You will have clients dismiss you because, honest to God they think, “Well, I could do that if I wanted. Hell, my five year old does it now.” No they can’t, because they didn’t, they don’t, they won’t and they probably never will. And good luck hiring a five year old. They can’t keep a fucking deadline.

And in a last ditch effort they’ll say, “But that drawing only took you an hour!” Son, that drawing took me 20. fucking. years.

10 Dollars for 1 minute of animation.  Oh my god my heart.  It took my team 6 months and a team of 12 to make a 4 minute short. 

The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook

I second this book! I’ve had it for several years now, and it’s been a HUGE help in my work as a freelance artist. It gives great advice on what to charge for different areas of art!

Please remember. Your art is worth a respectable payment! Accepting ridiculously low prices actually hurts the arts/illustration/animation communities because it makes employers believe they can employ people without offering decent pay.


Check the internet if you need help figuring out what you should be charging for your commissions. Invest in the books that will inform you professionally, and put your foot down if you think someone is trying to cheat you out of your time and hard work.
You have a right to refuse a job, and/or request decent payment. If your employer denies a you decent pay, well then they’re probably not a very good employer.
Do not undersell your skills. it is bad for the art community and you are worth more then that.

God, I wish everyone were more aware of this. 

(via thanatopsiste)

Aug 20, 2014

calvinloveinternet:

Sailor Scouts!

Inspired by the new Crystal reboot of the anime series, Sailor Moon, me and a few other art friends decided to do an art collab where we each take one of the original five scouts and Tuxedo Mask and put our own spin/style into their designs! Below is a list of links to the artists and which character they redesigned! Please check them out!

Sailor Jupiter - Phillip Light aka philliplight

Sailor Mars - Calvin P aka calvinloveinternet

Sailor Moon - Gina aka ginsays

Tuxedo Mask - Matt Pichette aka mattpichette

Sailor Mercury - RDTJ aka rdtj

Sailor Venus - Michael Perez aka illustrated-process

Hey look I did a thing.

Aug 20, 2014
hawfstuff:

butterscotchwm:

Prints will be available soon, as well as laptop cases on Society6.
Hiccup’s outfit based on this.

I honest to god thought “who drew me in preppy dad clothes at Paige’s glass desk?”

hawfstuff:

butterscotchwm:

Prints will be available soon, as well as laptop cases on Society6.

Hiccup’s outfit based on this.

I honest to god thought “who drew me in preppy dad clothes at Paige’s glass desk?”

Aug 8, 2014

whats your recipe.

I bought some Miso paste from my local japanese import goods store. And I used silken tofu, 4 green onions, half an onion, nori and water. My family does this thing were we put a bit of rice in bowl when we serve it but that’s optional.

Aug 7, 2014
I made homemade miso soup for dinner that tasted like what my family makes normally. My obachan would be so proud.

I made homemade miso soup for dinner that tasted like what my family makes normally. My obachan would be so proud.

Aug 7, 2014
rosenguildencrantzstern asked: what program/app do you use to draw on your iPad?

I use multiple different apps depending on the mood, but all the different ones I use are Sketchbook Pro, Bamboo Paper, and Procreate.

Aug 7, 2014
Some sketches I did last night on my iPad. It’s hard to get use to drawing on it. But is good practice

Some sketches I did last night on my iPad. It’s hard to get use to drawing on it. But is good practice

Aug 7, 2014
topaxi asked: How's the new job going?

The new job is great. It’s good pay, good hours, and it’s in my field. Also I don’t want to strangle myself for working in retail, so there’s that.

Aug 7, 2014
ottahpartty asked: Top 5 games? And any ur looking forward to that will be out soon. :D

Hmmmm…this is a tough one. Cuz I have a lot of favorites. Most of mine are Nintendo games (with Zelda and Pokemon being my favorite franchise)

1. Majora’s Mask
2. Pokemon (I can’t pick a favorite one) 
3. Windwaker 
4. Super Mario World
5. Team Fortress 2

As far as upcoming games, I’m excited for the Ruby and Sapphire Remake, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, Super Smash Bros, and the two new Zelda games.

Aug 7, 2014
Waitress Girl Doodle.

Waitress Girl Doodle.

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