I recently had a chat with Andrew Murray and Adam Hines, two good friends and the great minds behind the "Guys with Pencils" podcast. We discuss what it's like to graduate from art school and choose to work in an unrelated industry during the day while doing freelance at night. I tried to stress the importance of having a basic understanding of business principles. I also happen to swear a lot in this episode so I apologize in advance to anyone that might offend. :)
You can check out the episode by clicking on the image above or on this link: http://guyswithpencils.tumblr.com/post/49776547669/guys-with-pencils-episode-110-the-art-and
Also check out some of Guys with Pencil's other episodes to hear from some of the most influential people in the animation/games industry today. http://guyswithpencils.tumblr.com
For this episode, I put together a list of my favourite business reference books for freelance artists:
1. Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers by Shel Perkins
2. The Business of Design: Balancing Creativity and Profitability by Keith Granet
3. How to be an Illustrator by Darrel Rees
4. The Graphic Design Business Book by Tad Crawford
5. G.A.G.'s Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines by Graphic Artists Guild
(All the above books include sample contracts)
6. The Strategic Designer: Tools and Techniques for Managing the Design Process by David Holston
7. The Designer's Guide to Marketing and Pricing: how to win clients and what to charge them by Ilise Benun and Peleg Top
8. The Designer's Guide to Business and Careers: how to succeed on the job or on your own by Peg Faimon
I hope you enjoy the show!
About a month ago, I created some illustrations for a friend, Mathieu Mencé. He is a front-end web developer and a really great guy to work with. These illustrations were for the About page on his website (www.matnard.net).
I went shopping and found the perfect boots.
I just received my copy of the June 2013 issue of Applied Arts Magazine! "Mediology" won an Illustration award and is featured in the magazine! There is so much amazing work in this issue, it's an honour to be a part of it.
I've been so busy with school and freelance (and work) that I haven't had any time to work on personal stuff for over a month. I stayed at work a little later today to play around in Photoshop (I usually work in Toonboom all day) and I decided that Cintiqs are incredible inventions that I should invest in! Here is what I drew and thankfully crunch time is about to come to an end for me so you can expect to see some more work soon.