Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
About Digital Art / Professional Dave AllsopMale/United Kingdom Recent Activity
Deviant for 13 Years
Needs Core Membership
Statistics 250 Deviations 325 Comments 227,441 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Gug Shrine by DaveAllsop Gug Shrine :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 261 0 Troglodyte by DaveAllsop Troglodyte :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 317 0 Gug by DaveAllsop Gug :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 297 0 Deep One by DaveAllsop Deep One :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 205 0 Usher of Souls - Hearthstone by DaveAllsop Usher of Souls - Hearthstone :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 73 0 Shadow Strike - Hearthstone by DaveAllsop Shadow Strike - Hearthstone :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 189 0 Shiver Sarge - SLA Industries by DaveAllsop Shiver Sarge - SLA Industries :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 127 0 Delia the Destroyer Concept - SLA Industries by DaveAllsop Delia the Destroyer Concept - SLA Industries :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 97 0 Cannibal Warband - SLA Industries by DaveAllsop Cannibal Warband - SLA Industries :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 129 0 Captain Feaney - SLA Industries by DaveAllsop Captain Feaney - SLA Industries :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 112 0 Carrien - SLA Industries Concept Art by DaveAllsop Carrien - SLA Industries Concept Art :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 289 0 Shiver Armour Variants by DaveAllsop Shiver Armour Variants :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 132 0 Zombie Lord by DaveAllsop Zombie Lord :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 204 15 Tenacious Z by DaveAllsop Tenacious Z :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 109 2 Scav Marauder by DaveAllsop Scav Marauder :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 649 16 Warpath by DaveAllsop Warpath :icondaveallsop:DaveAllsop 168 5

Random Favourites

DoI - Styrax 2008 by AlectorFencer DoI - Styrax 2008 :iconalectorfencer:AlectorFencer 2,653 291 Doom 3 - Maggot by Snugglestab Doom 3 - Maggot :iconsnugglestab:Snugglestab 1,101 112 lipizzaner by Gatling lipizzaner :icongatling:Gatling 387 38 MtG Online- Murderous Redcap by UdonCrew MtG Online- Murderous Redcap :iconudoncrew:UdonCrew 778 44 Likeshine badge by missmonster Likeshine badge :iconmissmonster:missmonster 86 6 VooDoo Baby Prepares Tea by Acid-PopTart VooDoo Baby Prepares Tea :iconacid-poptart:Acid-PopTart 49 16 Stand Tall by Acid-PopTart Stand Tall :iconacid-poptart:Acid-PopTart 62 17 The Brainiac by AustenMengler The Brainiac :iconaustenmengler:AustenMengler 469 172 track 07 by Ricefish track 07 :iconricefish:Ricefish 505 93 100k PageviewKiriban: Zhai by GisAlmeida 100k PageviewKiriban: Zhai :icongisalmeida:GisAlmeida 2,615 324 war game by estivador war game :iconestivador:estivador 341 149 Brutal by arnistotle Brutal :iconarnistotle:arnistotle 1,872 65 Rhino Character by froggiechan Rhino Character :iconfroggiechan:froggiechan 149 20 Enhanced t rex by AndreeWallin Enhanced t rex :iconandreewallin:AndreeWallin 6,887 681 Don't be afraid by tahra Don't be afraid :icontahra:tahra 10,486 611



Dave Allsop
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Okay, so you've got your approvals through from the Art Director, and it's time to get painting. In this part though I'm not going to do a specific write up on the painting of the approved sketches because at this stage artists branch out widely in approach and execution, and there's no one surefire way to go about. If you've gotten work out of a games company you must have developed an appealing style of your own, or else you wouldn't have got commissioned in the first place! ☺
(I will post a step by step painting by Dave after I've finished this though).

Here are a few things to consider when you've reached this stage and are cranking up the art program or squirting out the acrylics: -


Ah, the dull side of the job… When you start out freelancing you'll have to keep up to date records of all the jobs you take on. Now trust me, you don't want to leave it all til the end of the tax year – you'll be entering a world of hurt where you trek through piles of bank statements, Art Director's emails and Invoices trying to jigsaw together every job and date of payment you've received over 12 months. Yeah, it's boring but if you take care of it now you'll be in less pain when you come to do your taxes.
Here's the details I have in my standard commission form :-

Date Received: (This is the Day/Month/Year I received the art commission from the AD)

Date Due: (This is the Day/Month/Year the AD requires the finished/approved artwork from me).

Client: (This the name of the company – Wizards of the Coast, etc.)

Client's Email: (albert.crocodilewizards .com – yeah, you get the idea…)

Commission: (This is a brief summary of the job you received. It covers the brand, the product, and the number of illustrations. Eg. Dungeons and Dragons, Attack of the Snooty OwlBear - Module, 6 illustrations.)

Medium: (This is the artistic medium that the AD desires. Eg. Color painting / Black+White Inks / Concepting).

Payment: (This is the total payment you'll receive for the Art Commission)

Payment Due: (This is the Day/Month/Year you're likely to receive the payment into your bank account)

Payment Received: (This is the Day/Month/Year you actually received the payment into your bank account. Results vary ;-) )

Okay, so print that out and file it way. Now there's two ways you can go now. One is to get on with your painting, or you could take an hour out and do this: -

Sooner or later the work you've just received is going to be completed, approved and invoiced. Ideally you want to have another job lined up that you'll move on to straight after this one's finished. You'll find most companies won't have a job for you the moment you email them, so email them now while you're busy. It gives you time to focus on the job at hand, and for them, time to sort out a new set of art descriptions for you. If you time it out right, you could finish up that last painting and have a brand set of painting briefs waiting for you on another job.

Basically, if you're going to survive as a freelancer you must have a steady stream of work coming through, so you've got to chase the jobs all the time. Email your pool of art directors and tell them the dates you'll be available, hit up new companies and send them your portfolio and be sure to tell them the companies you're already working for. It means you've gotten a proven track record.

Okay, many of rules of the Sketch Phases apply here on the painting. Push yourself to produce excellent paintings and submit the art in a TIMELY MANNER. You want to build a positive reputation as a great artist sure, but you also want the reputation of being reliable. AD's will love you if you submit fantastic illustrations, and you're a week early. You'll undoubtedly get more work.

That said, don't rush the work. If you sit back with a big smile on your face thinking 'check me out, I just did two paintings in one of evening' – seriously, something's wrong. Speed paintings is one thing, but there's not a lot companies that'll be impressed with shoddy art, particularly when they know you're capable of better. They're paying for your talent, and they're also paying for your time. Don't short-change them.

Hope this has been helpful, I'll round things up in Part 4.

Dave Allsop

P.S There is no Albert Crocodile working at WOTC. Do not email that address – (because I know someone will try!)


Add a Comment:
ChickenGeorge88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018
Wow! Love you great work.
OperativeJamie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lover your stuff man, and your setting is the inspiration for a lot of my sketches :)
planxtafroggie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Do love surreal monster designs. :)
watjong Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
great work and great insights into working as a freelancer, much obliged. 
I'm looking to become one when I finish my portfolio. :D 
So here's hoping to a future colleague! :)
Doctoreye Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
u have a lot of cool character designs
AustenMengler Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey man just wanted to say thanks a lot for those journal posts about getting freelance work - they were a great read and wish I'd come across them sooner! (Like 5 years ago when you wrote them :p)
LJEKC Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014

Welcome to Fantasy-NPC and Pathfinder-Art :)

:iconfantasy-npc: :iconpathfinder-art:

XuhanShi Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
I know you probably get comments like these all the time, I just wanted to say I loved your work in the Book of Unremitting Horror.
ArouraBoryalis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love love LOVE  your creatures! ^_^  I'll be watching you for more inspiration from now on! Xx
Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanted to say you've always been one of my favorite Magic: The Gathering artists. I hope to see your art grace more cards soon!
Add a Comment: