Hey tumblr folk! I’d like to extend a big ol’ HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my fave artist buddies, greggregwilson. He’s recently gotten back into the land of tumblr, so you should give his blog a peek if you wanna see some super awesome artwork.

Hey tumblr folk! I’d like to extend a big ol’ HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my fave artist buddies, greggregwilson. He’s recently gotten back into the land of tumblr, so you should give his blog a peek if you wanna see some super awesome artwork.

I’ve been working on projects, I swear. Nothing I can share yet, but soon! I apologize for not keeping super current on here, so in the meantime here are some photos from my trip to the flower store for reference photos. Research is one of the best parts of my job.

As always, if you’d like me to draw you something nice, you may email me at cloeyzikmund@gmail.com for details.
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I’ve been working on projects, I swear. Nothing I can share yet, but soon! I apologize for not keeping super current on here, so in the meantime here are some photos from my trip to the flower store for reference photos. Research is one of the best parts of my job.

As always, if you’d like me to draw you something nice, you may email me at cloeyzikmund@gmail.com for details.
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I’ve been working on projects, I swear. Nothing I can share yet, but soon! I apologize for not keeping super current on here, so in the meantime here are some photos from my trip to the flower store for reference photos. Research is one of the best parts of my job.

As always, if you’d like me to draw you something nice, you may email me at cloeyzikmund@gmail.com for details.
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I’ve been working on projects, I swear. Nothing I can share yet, but soon! I apologize for not keeping super current on here, so in the meantime here are some photos from my trip to the flower store for reference photos. Research is one of the best parts of my job.

As always, if you’d like me to draw you something nice, you may email me at cloeyzikmund@gmail.com for details.

The winner of my Tegan & Sara Superclose Society handbook fanart giveaway is createthedog! Thanks to everyone who participated. You’re all awesome, I wish everyone could win. Always stay super close, friends!
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The winner of my Tegan & Sara Superclose Society handbook fanart giveaway is createthedog! Thanks to everyone who participated. You’re all awesome, I wish everyone could win. Always stay super close, friends!
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The winner of my Tegan & Sara Superclose Society handbook fanart giveaway is createthedog! Thanks to everyone who participated. You’re all awesome, I wish everyone could win. Always stay super close, friends!

Anonymous asked:

Did someone already win your contest

Hi! Not yet! I had a busier day than expected, and I’ll be choosing the winner tomorrow. I’ll make a public announcement after the winner has been notified. Feel free to continue reblogging to enter until tomorrow :)

milk-paws:

Hey all!
I have had several requests for copies of the SCS handbook. I will not be selling them, as I only intended them for fanart purposes, but what I can do is a small giveaway!
This is the test copy of the book, so there are some minor flaws. There’s a small coffee stain, the binding is a little off, and it’s just a softcover, but it’s made with a lot of love. I’d like it to find a good home with a Tegan and Sara fan willing to fill it out and post the results!
Giveaway Rules:
Reblogs will enter you into the contest. Reblog as much as you’d like, but no giveaway blogs. Feel free to like the post, but liking it will not enter you into the contest.
You don’t need to be following me, but you can if you’d like. Personal blog / Art blog
The contest ends Thursday, July 10th. I’ll announce the winner the following day. Keep your ask boxes open! If you don’t reply within a day, I’ll choose someone else.
Thanks & Good luck :)

Tegan and Sara fans, this ends soon! I can’t wait for it to be adopted into a new, loving home.
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milk-paws:

Hey all!
I have had several requests for copies of the SCS handbook. I will not be selling them, as I only intended them for fanart purposes, but what I can do is a small giveaway!
This is the test copy of the book, so there are some minor flaws. There’s a small coffee stain, the binding is a little off, and it’s just a softcover, but it’s made with a lot of love. I’d like it to find a good home with a Tegan and Sara fan willing to fill it out and post the results!
Giveaway Rules:
Reblogs will enter you into the contest. Reblog as much as you’d like, but no giveaway blogs. Feel free to like the post, but liking it will not enter you into the contest.
You don’t need to be following me, but you can if you’d like. Personal blog / Art blog
The contest ends Thursday, July 10th. I’ll announce the winner the following day. Keep your ask boxes open! If you don’t reply within a day, I’ll choose someone else.
Thanks & Good luck :)

Tegan and Sara fans, this ends soon! I can’t wait for it to be adopted into a new, loving home.
Zoom Info

milk-paws:

Hey all!

I have had several requests for copies of the SCS handbook. I will not be selling them, as I only intended them for fanart purposes, but what I can do is a small giveaway!

This is the test copy of the book, so there are some minor flaws. There’s a small coffee stain, the binding is a little off, and it’s just a softcover, but it’s made with a lot of love. I’d like it to find a good home with a Tegan and Sara fan willing to fill it out and post the results!

Giveaway Rules:

  • Reblogs will enter you into the contest. Reblog as much as you’d like, but no giveaway blogs. Feel free to like the post, but liking it will not enter you into the contest.
  • The contest ends Thursday, July 10th. I’ll announce the winner the following day. Keep your ask boxes open! If you don’t reply within a day, I’ll choose someone else.

Thanks & Good luck :)

Tegan and Sara fans, this ends soon! I can’t wait for it to be adopted into a new, loving home.

amyfacelovesyou:

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!

FAO any of my followers who do this kind of work.
It’s relevant for a lot of areas in the art industry, but ESPECIALLY for illustration/animation etc. It’s not directly relevant for me but it still drives me mad when people have the audacity to assume that work like this is only worth a few pounds/dollars. Do people seriously not realise how long making art actually takes? Argh. 
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amyfacelovesyou:

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!

FAO any of my followers who do this kind of work.
It’s relevant for a lot of areas in the art industry, but ESPECIALLY for illustration/animation etc. It’s not directly relevant for me but it still drives me mad when people have the audacity to assume that work like this is only worth a few pounds/dollars. Do people seriously not realise how long making art actually takes? Argh. 
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amyfacelovesyou:

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!

FAO any of my followers who do this kind of work.
It’s relevant for a lot of areas in the art industry, but ESPECIALLY for illustration/animation etc. It’s not directly relevant for me but it still drives me mad when people have the audacity to assume that work like this is only worth a few pounds/dollars. Do people seriously not realise how long making art actually takes? Argh. 
Zoom Info
amyfacelovesyou:

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!

FAO any of my followers who do this kind of work.
It’s relevant for a lot of areas in the art industry, but ESPECIALLY for illustration/animation etc. It’s not directly relevant for me but it still drives me mad when people have the audacity to assume that work like this is only worth a few pounds/dollars. Do people seriously not realise how long making art actually takes? Argh. 
Zoom Info
amyfacelovesyou:

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!

FAO any of my followers who do this kind of work.
It’s relevant for a lot of areas in the art industry, but ESPECIALLY for illustration/animation etc. It’s not directly relevant for me but it still drives me mad when people have the audacity to assume that work like this is only worth a few pounds/dollars. Do people seriously not realise how long making art actually takes? Argh. 
Zoom Info

amyfacelovesyou:

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!

FAO any of my followers who do this kind of work.

It’s relevant for a lot of areas in the art industry, but ESPECIALLY for illustration/animation etc. It’s not directly relevant for me but it still drives me mad when people have the audacity to assume that work like this is only worth a few pounds/dollars. Do people seriously not realise how long making art actually takes? Argh. 

Anonymous asked:

Hiiii love. I saw a piece that you did for one of your clients for a tattoo & I really liked it & I was going to use it for my tattoo bc the disclaimer or whatever was deleted until I came upon your blog & saw it. And I'm really in love with that piece & I was wondering if it was okay to get one designed like that but crossed between another another one that I saw that you did? I'm not sure if that makes sense, but I wanted to ask you on anon before i emailed you!

Hi! Thank you for respecting my client, I really appreciate that. I could definitely design something with a similar aesthetic for you, but keep it unique. Email me at cloeyzikmund@gmail.com and we can chat.

Anonymous asked:

Hey! It's so awesome that you are not selling your fanart unlike what other fans do. In my opinion, doing so is essentially an exploitation of Tegan and Sara's name per se. My respect for you just went over the roof. Thank you for sharing your art. :)

Thank you for looking at my art!

Admittedly, a while back I sold a few T&S sticker sets and a print because people kept requesting them, but it made me feel weird so I stopped. (I hope that respect is still sitting on the roof, or at least hanging by its fingertips)

I’m filled with nothing but respect for all the hard work that goes into everything Tegan and Sara and their crew makes/does for their fans. I never intend to make any of my fanarts for profit. I sometimes think it’s okay if other folks sell them if they’re completely original designs or whatever, but it’s not for me. I just like to have an outlet for art about things I enjoy or get inspiration from! Keeps me loving what I do.

Much love, thank you for the message xxxx

Hey all!
I have had several requests for copies of the SCS handbook. I will not be selling them, as I only intended them for fanart purposes, but what I can do is a small giveaway!
This is the test copy of the book, so there are some minor flaws. There’s a small coffee stain, the binding is a little off, and it’s just a softcover, but it’s made with a lot of love. I’d like it to find a good home with a Tegan and Sara fan willing to fill it out and post the results!
Giveaway Rules:
Reblogs will enter you into the contest. Reblog as much as you’d like, but no giveaway blogs. Feel free to like the post, but liking it will not enter you into the contest.
You don’t need to be following me, but you can if you’d like. Personal blog / Art blog
The contest ends Thursday, July 10th. I’ll announce the winner the following day. Keep your ask boxes open! If you don’t reply within a day, I’ll choose someone else.
Thanks & Good luck :)
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Hey all!
I have had several requests for copies of the SCS handbook. I will not be selling them, as I only intended them for fanart purposes, but what I can do is a small giveaway!
This is the test copy of the book, so there are some minor flaws. There’s a small coffee stain, the binding is a little off, and it’s just a softcover, but it’s made with a lot of love. I’d like it to find a good home with a Tegan and Sara fan willing to fill it out and post the results!
Giveaway Rules:
Reblogs will enter you into the contest. Reblog as much as you’d like, but no giveaway blogs. Feel free to like the post, but liking it will not enter you into the contest.
You don’t need to be following me, but you can if you’d like. Personal blog / Art blog
The contest ends Thursday, July 10th. I’ll announce the winner the following day. Keep your ask boxes open! If you don’t reply within a day, I’ll choose someone else.
Thanks & Good luck :)
Zoom Info

Hey all!

I have had several requests for copies of the SCS handbook. I will not be selling them, as I only intended them for fanart purposes, but what I can do is a small giveaway!

This is the test copy of the book, so there are some minor flaws. There’s a small coffee stain, the binding is a little off, and it’s just a softcover, but it’s made with a lot of love. I’d like it to find a good home with a Tegan and Sara fan willing to fill it out and post the results!

Giveaway Rules:

  • Reblogs will enter you into the contest. Reblog as much as you’d like, but no giveaway blogs. Feel free to like the post, but liking it will not enter you into the contest.
  • The contest ends Thursday, July 10th. I’ll announce the winner the following day. Keep your ask boxes open! If you don’t reply within a day, I’ll choose someone else.

Thanks & Good luck :)