Watch the tutorial, download the .PSD, and HD Video HEREArtist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)
Are you a freelancer or are you looking to pick up some extra cash with a project or two on the side? It’s not easy living as a freelance artist as it forces you to adapt to new subject matters, themes, projects, and styles. One job may want a horror themed board game while the next is a bubbly and cute phone case. Freelancing jobs are always evolving from one to the next and you gotta stay on your toes to keep up with it.
In this tutorial I go over a recent job I was given with CG Cookie on creating a custom coffee bag cover illustration. I have never worked in this type of medium before or have ever done jobs with food packaging. This didn’t deter me from wanting to do the job but I have to go into it with a little more preparation and knowledge. So in this tutorial, I will cover those type of questions you should be asking, and what to prepare for as the artist.
You should also be aware of the amount of edits, re-dos, throwaways, additional work, and time that will have to be invested in a project like this and to be mentally prepared for changes. Never become too attached to your work when doing a freelance project. Let it be as fluid and versatile as possible so that way you end with the best results!
My goal is this: I want you to recognize the difficulties and frustrations that can come with freelancing and knowing how to avoid them, as well as how to present yourself in person and create a powerful online presence. Persistence and Tenacity are key when on the hunt to land a job in this industry, whether you are an in-house concept artist or a traveling freelancer.
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When people know that they have committed in writing to a project, by phrasing it a certain way or signing a contract, they are often less prone to running away
Have you already done works for other countries, if yes did you has problem to receive?
Sorry for the questions because the global works is a new thing for me, and I'm very curious about it.
In general, the overall rules are the same - an agreement in writing is legally binding in most Western countries. As long as price, time, product, the names of the people involved etc. are included, it is often sufficient.
If you do a really big project, I'd advise you to work in smaller segment - so for example, you agree on payment milestones along the way - a payment when sketches are done, a payment when lineart is done and final payment when the picture is done + payment for extra revisions.
Like Cookie writes, it is VERY important to agree on how much the client can ask for revisions after the work is done. (for example, maybe changing a colour or minor detail is included in the price, while bigger things require extra payment).
(I have had clients, who asked for 15+ revisions - and I didnt make an agreement about it beforehand. it was craaaazy So I learned the hard way xD)
I never had problems regarding working for people in other countries I just always makes sure to have ALL the information I need from the client and a written agreement beforehand. To be honest, the only ones I have ever had trouble with, are people from my own country O.O
Your explanation are very important to me and clarefied my doubts.
In my country (Brazil) is not different about problems with payment, some peoples they ask works, but in time of pay is a big headache.
Again thank you so much for the great support!