How To Price Your Art
There is a saying from Paul Scriven about pricing that targets freelancers & designers:
"Work either for full price or for free, but never for cheap."
I think there is much truth in it, because even a cheap price has it΄s price. Sometimes cheap can be good to get you some reward as a beginner, but the hardest part is then to climb up the ladder.
The illustration below pretty much sums it up:
Thats specifically the way I work and what I suggest to students.
The question always is how to raise a price with a client, once you are good enough to actually charge more?
There is not one universal key answer to that question, but first off, it is important to know what keeps
The 101 Guide To Marketing For ArtistsSlowly I get to catch up with deviations on here, now I just need to make use of the journals more oftenThe 101 Guide To Marketing For Artists1 year ago in Personal More Like This
There are some things I would be glad, someone would have told me earlier...
Marketing is such a thing - since I´m freelancing 5 years now it is save to say that is no accident that I´m happily blessed with the "just right" clients and it all boils down to be due to authentic marketing. Honestly- I embrace everything that has to do with it, below you find my write up to get a better understanding of what it is all about.
I always found interest in psychology and marketing but when I jumped on the freelancing train 5 years ago I especially embraced anything that I could find to help me understand, use and practice marketing as a way to keep myself busy with work that I love to do and to collaborate with people who respect what I do.
In the process I learned much from many different experts and in this post I will forward what I´ve learn
The Pitfalls of Speed PaintingI've been meaning to write about this for a while now, but recently a video popped on up Ctrl+Paint about the same topic and it encouraged me to finally talk about it. It's a practice that's been misconstrued and misunderstood for a while now, so I wanted to help people get a proper understanding on the subject.The Pitfalls of Speed Painting3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Speed painting has been something of a fad for 4 or 5 years now, even back when I was first starting digital work. Like many artists out there, I thought, "Sweet, I can do really cool work, really fast!" And like many artists out there, in the back of my head I was probably thinking, "This is easier than learning the normal way!"
Well, here's the main problem in regards to speed painting. Any of those really cool, realistic and well done speed paintings you see are done by professionals who have been painting for years and years. These a
Online Figure Drawing AidsIf you're like me, you might have gotten lazy when it comes to practicing figure drawing. Sometimes it's difficult to find decent photos to reference, to do gestures or otherwise, so it's easy to do a couple drawings for practice then throw in the towel.Online Figure Drawing Aids3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well, there are a number of sites out there that I've come across over the years that help with that sort of thing. They pull stock images and such from different sources and give you a randomizer and timer and other features, or show anatomical structures that you can manipulate. Below I'll list some of the ones I've come across that might help you. Some of them have the same images, so you can probably just pick a couple favorites.
An oldie but goodie. I've used this site for ages and it's only gotten better. On it you'll find 3D models of poses that you can rotate around, and they all show the musculature. You can browse the poses, or use the random viewer, or the timed v
So you want to be a concept artist?Hey guys, took a while to post these but here they are, the 2 videos for this week!So you want to be a concept artist?8 months ago in Personal More Like This
First one is a talk about the job of a concept artist and what its all about, plus tips on how to improve your designs and better self critique your work.
Second one if a time-lapse of the whole process including coloring, have a good weekend!
PE: Setting Up CommissionsSetting Up CommissionsPE: Setting Up Commissions1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Hello guys! This is iDJPanda on the topic of "Commissions"! Bear with me though. I've never given a commission in my life but I know how people portray their commissions to get them! I hope this article may be of some help to you guys.
Setting up commissions can be hard and making it appealing to customers even harder but there are a few things you can do to any passerby make a double take to see what you are producing! (This is going over how to write a commission journal but can also tie into the widget as well! )
One of the most important steps in this process is providing examples
If you're like me, you LOVE examples. And you ask, "Why are examples so important?"
Providing example works of what you are commissioning leaves the commissioner an idea of what kind of style and quality of artwork they will receiving. It's basically the sampler of the main dish. You don't want to provide "na
[ Join Info ] Opening August 10th - 15thUpdates[ Join Info ] Opening August 10th - 15th3 years ago in Personal More Like This
When you turn in your join request make sure that your app is COMPLETED because once they are turned in mods will begin reviewing them. If we see a TBA or U/C it will be auto-rejected once the opening finishes even if you were to add it in at a later time before then.
Join requests are now open and will close Aug 15th @ 11:59pm PST ! Mafia AU submissions are allowed until 11:59pm PST tonight !
Zero will be hosting a small mini-opening for 3 - 5 spots. Please note that if we do not have enough apps we may decrease this amount. If you do not make it for this opening there will be a larger opening after the next game event ( scheduled to occur after this opening ends ) We will not have a separate 'meet and greet' event for this mini-opening however after the next regular event we will and those who joined during the mini opening can join that special event.
App checks are open till August 9th, comment via front page ! Remember we are just check
Getting started with concept art and landscapesHi guys,Getting started with concept art and landscapes1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I've received a lot of notes from people who are interested in getting into concept art and/or landscapes and I always struggle to come up with advice that doesn't seem awfully confusing. I can't say I'm a veteran in this industry, but since people keep asking me and I do have experience, here's my 2 cents (PSA: by no means a comprehensive guide or the absolute truth). I am very humble when it comes to learning this stuff and I never know enough myself, but these are some of my thoughts that came up when a student sent me a note today;
My best advice is to climb to the tree from the root and accept that there's no shortcut.
Concept art is a very loose term. It can mean anything from sketching characters, enemies, vehicles and objects to doing detailed plans of level visual design or landscapes. Game concept art can also serve a lot of purposes. Most of the time the most crucial purpose of concept art is to communicate (a) game designers' idea of how a game looks
10 ARTIST TIPS from yours truly.10 DETAILED ARTIST TIPS - From my own view (related to deviantART):10 ARTIST TIPS from yours truly.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I am too lazy to write a "long" version so I'll throw out tips from time to time. I have been asked for advice many times so here's some advice now! Follow my facebook to get more info!
1. Once you have a "very good" customer base, try putting into your commission agreement that you do not accept rushed ordered and can take as long as you'd like.
This is risky because you're not making promises to your commissioners. In order to "keep" my customer base, while still not putting pressure on myself, I "reward" patient commissioners by simply doing detailed coloring. The secret to having this agreement be successful is making your final drawing "worth the wait", however long that may be for you is your decision.
2. Time management & pricing. This is just something I do, I spent around 5-10 minutes roughing sketching a comm. I do not spend
[ C h a r a c t e r - C r e a t i o n ][ C h a r a c t e r - C r e a t i o n ]3 years ago in Personal More Like This
• only one character per person.
• using bases or tracing art is not allowed.
• must be drawn completely by you not by someone else.
• digital and traditional art, ( must be scanned in cleanly !! )
• yes characters can be related / know each other before.
- art on the app must be a fullbody but can be flat colored
- headshot does not have to be a new art
- art should not be drawn as chibis
( chibi allowed for extra but the 2 fullbodies need to be regular )
- zero's must show some sort of different appearance from their regular form
( demonic features )
- all zero's have 0 pupils but the 0 pupils do not have to be drawn in their regular form.
- weapon must be drawn in the app or linked as a separate deviation in artist comments.
Disclaimer : Please be warned that because this is a semi-dark themed group that involves the killing of a blood relative, there maybe mention of child abuse
Miku X Kaito Song ListNEW LIST = http://mikuxkaitoclub.deviantart.com/journal/Song-List-464552011Miku X Kaito Song List3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Please tell us if there is anything wrong with the links. For example, if a video from Youtube has been taken down, etc.
If you know a song that is not included in this list, please send us a link
Instructions on how to download MP3s from Nico Video/Nico Sound are at the bottom~
We're unsure about some of the names as we had to translate some (using google translate).
Some of these don't have download links, others do, but some link to Nico Video/Nico Sound.
~ A Bit Amusing Time Signal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpXjXXGYn0I
~ And Taboo... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9aGkGL8UTw
~ Bad Apple: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cD_cdbJLlk
~ Cantarella: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hih0sEhR0w
~ Cendrillon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnA_-dWKUdc
~ Crazy Clown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ri4SkfWsFU
~ Crime and Punishment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G
News to know! A quick recap!The behind-the-scenes works never stops at deviantART and we’ve had our hands in a many pots as of late. Here’s a quick recap of recent upgrades and also information about a few enhancements that are soon on their way.News to know! A quick recap!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you’re a follower of devBUG, you already have some familiarity with Stash -- the name we’ve given to the revamp of deviantART’s exisiting submission process.
However, Stash is so much more than a simple revamp. Your Stash on deviantART will become home to all your images, writing... everything! Here's how it works:
You can drag and drop multiple files into your Stash, quickly and easily.
However, those files won’t appear in your Gallery, or to your Watchers, until you specifically say so. Allowing you an easy place to storage images until you’re ready to publish
For all the people who loved MSN/WLM...OK SO, MSN/WLM's now and officially dead (dick move, Microsoft) and it feels like the end of the world because Skype isFor all the people who loved MSN/WLM...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
a pile of wanknot to everyone's taste and severely lacking in features which made users adore MSN/WLM.
ALAS, a couple of months back I found QQi, and recently Aniemae pointed it out to me again. I decided to give it a shot and was surprised to find it feels a lot like MSN/WLM.
It supports a range of appealing features such as:
Exporting and importing emoticons so you can back them up and share them between separate PCs! (epic feature)
Image sharing (through using a nifty 'screen capture' tool within individual IM windows that works like cropping)
Built in Message History
Offline file sharing
Appear offline feature and choice to appear offline to select contacts
Avoid getting ripped off by a client.As a freelancer most of your business takes place online, which makes it really easyAvoid getting ripped off by a client.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
for people to rip you off. How many times have we seen the following scenario's:
1- Someone offers a descent payment for your artwork but wants you to do an art-test first.
after the art-test you're being told you're not good enough. Later you find out that other people
got to do different art-test topics and also weren't good enough. The client clearly ripped people off to get free artwork.
2- Someone offers good money for your artwork. The sketch gets approved so you continue working. Right when it's done the total image suddenly becomes a great disappointment and the client ends up not paying you.
These were just 2 examples of situations that happen a lot to freelancers. There are many more like it.
How to detect if a client is a bit fishy...
Does their email address look professional? Some legit people may use their Gmail address, with their real name or nickname, those are questionabl
#wallsquatart#wallsquatart5 months ago in Personal More Like This
In my profession, I spend most of my time sitting and that cumulative time is bad for my health. In an effort to incorporate fitness into my life, I'm doing sketches while maintaining a 'wall squat'. #wallsquatart is what I am calling it and I hope others may find it as motivating as I do. I can only detail the drawing for as long as I can maintain the pose, and wanting to create a great drawing pushes me to draw through the burn. Though unusual, it's a small step that I've found very inspiring.
Stop Working for Free!the great silver got this message for you! this is very important. specially here in Da where all people wants you to work for free . with promises of profits in the future. what you say, Fuck them.!Stop Working for Free!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
[ D e v i c e ]◇ ◇ D e v i c e[ D e v i c e ]3 years ago in Personal More Like This
click on above device thumbnail for the template and more info on the device .
• your character carries this around everywhere.
• keeps track of their Stats , EXP, and Level.
• device cannot be destroyed and cannot be lost, if 'lost' it will always appear back to you mysteriously.
Why do you use it for? • Keeping track of your current level, lives and your stats. As well as your current relationships / contacts. ( can see the stats of any of their contacts by viewing profile )
• recieve notifications from the World through here as well as keep in contact with others; can send messages but not call, picture messages can be sent also. Messages can be sent while in game to people outside not participating in the game. Short videos can also be sent but if a normal human was to view it they will not see any sign of things that can lead to them finding out about World 00
LenxRin Sensational Song Contest! (New Entries!)OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING! There are so many amazing entries! Keep them coming guys! :iconrinishappyplz: :iconlenishappyplz:LenxRin Sensational Song Contest! (New Entries!)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
That's right 3 days to go! Well in Australia it's 2 to go, but I figure I'll go by the American time so yeah! How those entries coming along people? We've already recieved an amazing amount of beautiful entries, so keep them coming!
All right so some people have asked for an extension! I figure because there were a few people I'd let it go, also since I know many of you are still working on yours I figure why not?
THE NEW DEADLINE WILL BE AUGUST 15th after that we will start the judging and voting process.
Also have a look at the new entries, aren't they awesome?
Yep that's right folks! We have a new contest for you all, now here are the rules and such!
So what do you have to do?
Okay it's pretty simple, all you have to do is Draw Rin and Len in an outfit that is from a song that have sung. For example you like the song Magnet and s
Free 3D Software Available valued at $800(update)(update) They have had so much success with the free software last February they have extended it to the end of April so if you missed grabbing the software you have another chance to grab the 3D software.Free 3D Software Available valued at $800(update)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
link provided by: :iconCyberDagger:
For those who are interested in getting into 3D art,character modeling or landscape modeling or just want to give this a go here is the opportunity to grab some free software.
Daz who is a company who makes 3D programs is giving away $800 worth of software this month
>>>This offer ends at the end of April
Is college the best thing for you?I don't know how many people out there know this, but I never finished college. I attended for roughly 3 years, but it eventually got too expensive for what I was getting out of it. So, I dropped out.Is college the best thing for you?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
At the time, I was slightly ashamed, but it turned out to be for the best. There's a bit of a stigma attached to those who don't follow through on their education, but in the art world, a degree itself often isn't worth the paper it's printed on. In my relatively short career, I've never once been asked if I attended college or even if I have a degree, and I'm not the only one who'll tell you that. Your portfolio and experience are what speaks for you. You can finish art school, but if your portfolio is no good, the jobs won’t come.
Today, because I chose this route, I’m debt free and I've worked for companies like Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and the Moving Picture Company, opportunities I might not have had if I stayed in school. Now, I'm not saying don't pursue a college e
Beginners Guide to Creating Manga ArtBeginners Guide to Creating Manga Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The "Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art", which I had an honor to participate in, is now on pre-order and will be released around 14th March 2013.
This book features many interesting tips and detailed tutorials from talent artists, starting from basic character design and progressing to full color images, in an increasingly popular art form Manga.
The price is £15.99 and the first 200 pre-orders will get an A5 Sketchbook and Mechanical pencil. Get your copy now at: http://shop.3dtotal.com/books/3dtotalpublishing/beginners-guide-manga.html#t1
The New Sta.sh Writer is Here!Hi FolksThe New Sta.sh Writer is Here!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you've used the awesome new Sta.sh that was released recently, then you may have noticed a big button on in the top right saying that Sta.Sh Writer is coming soon
Well, I'm happy to say, that 'Soon' is now!
What is this Sta.sh Writer?
Sta.sh Writer is a new tool that unifies the way content is submitted.
It allows you to write journals, news, and literature deviations all from one place!
Plus Sta.sh Writer has a helpful WYSIWYG so you can insert links and show deviations without having to type out long winded code
Adding deviations into Sta.sh Writer couldn't be easier, simply drag and drop from your Sta.sh, favourites, gallery or search using the side panel.
You can even adjust the size if the thumb using the pencil tool in the corner of each image, it's that simple!
Get started at Sta.sh/Writer
Sexism in game arttumblrSexism in game art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before you start reading my journal, I want to let you know a few things.
My examples about sexism mostly based on my own personal experience, but not all of them. Still I'm going to use myself and my own works to represent certain cases and explain my point of view without unnecessarily involving somebody else.
Also I'm not going to write about the problem of sexism in game art here , I chose the title to fool you and make you read the important things I want to say about another problem starting with sexism in game art and art in general.
Now you are prepared so we shall begin.
Either we want it or not, this topic became a kind of fashion and is everywhere, you don't need to actually look for it, it will find you. You will see it, you will hear about it, you will experience it, and you will form an opinion about it. As a woman I experience sexism on a daily level, and I'm not thinking about small th
Cool Mixer Brush Technique in PSI learned a cool technique for the mixer brush from Mathias Verhasselt, a senior cinematic artist at Blizzard. It's great for adding detail really quickly, or speeding up your workflow with certain tasks, so I made this video to show you some ways you might be able to use it. Enjoy!Cool Mixer Brush Technique in PS1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Your account is yours.Just something that has been on my mind for a while... this attitude I am encountering more and more. Its an attitude where people feel that you owe them something for no particular reason other than your work is gaining exposure? I am not just speaking for myself but others too who I have seen getting barraged by people with this kind of mindset.Your account is yours.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
For example comments along the line of 'This is okay, but when are you going to do some real art, do some landscapes and nude portraits, you will get no where in life with anime', or stop spamming with crappy pictures, only submit ones that are polished an finished because I am sick of getting my inbox spammed with all your crappy 'scribbles'. 'I really don't see why your pictures get so much attention, there are people on here much better than you'.
(removing link due to there ED having un-suitable content for linking) If you wanna go find it feel free >.