Because of the internet everything seems to be free these days. It’s tricky because for your know it, you’ll be stealing someone else’s property. It’s a crime if you use an image that you randomly found on Google and use it for your blog/product/company.
But what if you’re the maker of this image? I can imagine you feel helpless and don’t know what to do. But you can do a lot and you’re fully in your right to do so.
This morning you woke up and you decided you want to be [insert dream-job]. Well, go to the shop and buy some instant-skill-pills and let’s get going! Order your new career and skills before 11 PM and get them delivered tomorrow.
Like any freelancer I get occasionally asked (a few times per month) to work for free. In this blog post I will write about a few of my experiences as well as some experiences of other creatives.
Vorige week kon je lezen over je uurtarief bepalen als freelancer. Iets wat ook regelmatig ter sprake komt, is of het krijgen van ‘exposure’ een goede betaling is. En of het uitbetaalt om aan pitches mee te doen. En net zoals elke freelancer: ja, ik word ook regelmatig gevraagd of ik gratis werk wil leveren. In deze blogpost vertel ik over mijn ervaringen hiermee, alsmede wat anekdotes van andere illustratoren.
This post is in Dutch as I talk about taxes and the sorts. I do not have knowledge in foreign taxes unfortunately. However, you can use Google Translate to read the blog post and take from it what you can.
Je allereerste opdracht kan je een euforisch gevoel geven. Het betekent namelijk dat mensen je werk genoeg waarderen om er ook iets voor terug te geven! Maar nu komt het lastige: wat moet je voor een illustratie/opdracht betaald krijgen? Hoe bepaal je je prijs?
This post is in Dutch as it applies to the law in the Netherlands. I do not have knowledge in foreign laws unfortunately, and every country has their own laws.
Sinds ik freelancer ben, krijg ik nogal eens de vraag hoe het zit met auteursrecht en licenties.
Hoe zit dat nu precies? En hoe komt de prijs van een werk tot stand?
Zelf worstelde ik daar vroeger ook mee, maar door veel research, werd het mij helder.
This title might sound fancy eh? Maybe you’ll say: “Choosing jobs?! I’d be happy if I got handed one!”.
But what I’ve learnt over the years is, is that the more picky you get with jobs, the better the assignments you get.
On a daily basis I get questions from people that want to pursue a career in illustration and have questions on where to start. In a two-part series I write about how you can give that career a kick start. The first part was posted last Tuesday. It’s good to start there.
In this second and last part, I got some help from illustration-friends. These great, talented illustrators give you tips and advice on the business.
I will discuss how to get jobs as an illustrator, how much to ask for your work and if you should work for free.
Being an illustrator is a hot job: everybody wants to be an illustrator these days. It sounds romantic, iddylic almost. Drawing and painting all day every day. And when you got the skills to create a beautiful drawing, why not make this your full-time job, right?
But where to begin? And is it the most romantic job ever? For those who are ready to dive into the world of professional illustration, I wrote this blog. Please know that this blog is written based on my own experiences and the experiences of illustrator-friends. It also includes advice of other professional illustrators.
Ready? Let’s go!
When you see an illustrator who’s work you absolutely admire you want to know the details: what pencil are they using, what kind of paper is that, what paint do they prefer? Because if you know what they are using to make their art, you can make art that is as good, right?