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RE: How to Hire an Artist Blog

Mon Aug 9, 2010, 1:34 PM
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SO I'm sure most of you have seen, or at least heard of it, but I will repost it anyway to help spread awareness.

Here is the link: kaitol.com/how-to-hire-an-arti…

I do not think that he is completely or overly wrong for what he says in this blog, I am more concerned in helping those who are just branching out into the freelance artist world. What this man says in his blog are things that many in the artist-hiring world do as well, and we as artists need to know their tricks and ways of doing things so that we may better protect ourselves from being scammed or tricked into doing artwork for much cheaper than we deserve.

My graphics art teacher flat out told us in class one day that the real art world is brutal, it is extremely competitive, and there are a lot of people needing to buy art who do not understand the true value of art. This is one of the main reasons you see a lot of "cheated" or "short-cutted" artwork (though in my opinion you cant cheat in art unless you outright steal anothers work, but that is a different journal). Artists that work for these big games and advertising companies and so on and so forth need to find short cuts, because of the demanding due dates and the small (compared) paychecks they receive.

Anyway, what this guy is saying was not news to me. The art world is not glamorous or easy as many young artists imagine it to be. It is mean, and hard, and mostly unfair; there are too many people in the world who do not understand how valuable artwork really is, they do not understand how many hours of blood sweat and pain is put into a piece of art. Too many people think that an artist can just spew paintings out like a factory machine. This is why art is so under-priced.

So, what can we, as artists, do about this?

Research, ASK QUESTIONS from your "employers", get as MUCH information as you can. Make sure you will be compensated if your work ends up doing well!! I would also say to make sure you are paid AT LEAST HALF up front, and the rest after the work is finished. And for goodness sake, get SIGNED CONTRACTS explaining what each party is agreeing to, how much the expected payment is, the name of all of the pieces of art that are being used, when the deadlines are, etc. Not only is this just common good business practice on your part and the part of your client, if you find that the developer later shirked you of well-earned money or compensation, then you have a one-way ticket to getting it back via suing them. Though the same goes for you, so keep yourself honest.

Please don't sell yourselves short, artists, you are worth so much more than you think. The world would be nothing without art.


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jwindjackal Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Thanks for sharing (:
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sure thing :3
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Gweakles Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Whether he was trying to sound like a douche or not, he's blatantly saying to take advantage of artists without experience because it's cheaper and they don't know better. The part about it being 'safer for both parties' if we get paid last. There's nothing 'safe' about us doing all the goddamn work and them able to walk away without paying anything or us wasting time and them paying nothing and walking away if they don't like it.

Point is, we all need to get educated and be careful. We set the bar for ourselves.
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Exactly, and unfortunately many other people who need artists for whatever jobs they're working on think in exactly the same way, which is why I focused my journal more on raising the awareness that artists need to be proactive with whatever jobs they take, etc. I hope it helps someone.

Thanks for your comment :3
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Gweakles Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for spreadin' the word :huggle:
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just changed my major to videogame art, so far Ive been doing more programming and other miscellaneous things and hardly any actual concept art. Its been horrible, Ive had no free time at all, no time to doodle and sketch like I used to, in order to get inspiration and they just launched me into these 2nd and 3rd semester classes without giving me any basics, and I really wonder if choosing this as a career is really the right choice for me. Hell, being brought up as a child I guess people saw in me that my first main talent was drawing so I was raised without any focus in another area so I always thought art was the only way I could go. I don't want to struggle though, I hate spending more then a couple hours in front of the computer, I much prefer traditional art, and I love to do heavy outdoor excersize to stay strong and confident in myself.
Really most of my life has been really healthy hobbies but nowadays it seems like stress=money and it really bothers me, when I see the comments and posts of artists talking about how much they struggle it bothers me. I go to cons and I see people with beautiful concept and gaming art but broken, worn down, faces.
What-to-do!! ;_;
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I was raised with no other focus as well. My parents always mentioned me going to work for Disney. Luckily, I did some research on Disney and graphic artists/illustrators/animators in general and discovered how tough these jobs are and how little you are paid for your hard work...and yet, I cant imagine myself doing anything other than art. That is why I chose to become an art teacher..I get to do any art that I want to do, can still take commissions, and best of all I have a steady-paying job instead of trying to live from one job to another.

I hope you can figure something out for yourself..but from what you've just said I don't think this degree is for you :( good luck <3
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah they recommended Disney also, thats funny how you mentioned that xD. That doesn't sound like a bad idea actually, what extra schooling do you need to teach? I'm just going to a tech school right now that focuses on getting me employed. I really have no interest in freelancing so working for a stable company would be really awesome.

Man Ive changed my major so many time I pretty much have to stick to this one, hopefully if I can start teaching some classes right out of college during my free time like my professor did until I get some job opportunities here and there that should keep my head over water.
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure about teaching elementary or college (I think you just have to have your masters to teach at college but im not sure..after I teach high school for a while I'm probably going to go back to school so i can move up to college), but for high school you have to take some education classes (basically teaches you how to teach xD and gives you ideas for lesson plans and so on) and some psychology classes (teaches you how to deal with the kids etc). I just finished my first year so I'm not entirely sure what all you need to know to be able to teach at a high school. I'm sure elementary is a bit easier, though you need to know everything that you are and are not allowed to do, its very easy to get sued these days if you touch a kid wrong..which is why i am staying far away from the little ones xD

You might also be able to open up a little shop and teach lessons to anyone who wants to come in for art lessons and pays for a series of them. One of my teachers at college does this at her art store.
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woot I've take 4 semesters of psychology, that will get a lot of work out of the way. Yeah I wanted to open a shop too, it always sounded fun. I thought it would be a good idea to take teens up to the elderly and help them find an art focus as a hobby or to stay out of trouble. I know how you feel though I am not good with kids at all, Id be too afraid Id let bad words slip xD.
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