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F-ING BEE. HOW TO BE A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR by alexiuss F-ING BEE. HOW TO BE A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR by alexiuss
A TUTORIAL OF INTEREST PER FAN REQUESTS!

"HOW TO BE A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR?"

Step 1: CREATE AND POST!
So you has drawing talents?
Don't be scared to post work on deviantart and other websites such as conceptart.org or cghub
Post as much art as possible. Draw 10 hours everyday.
Post an artwork daily or once per week minimum if the art is really detailed.
Forget all other jobs if you want to freelance. It takes incredible amounts of time, dedication and a massive portfolio to be a freelancer.
You will need at least 1-2 years for just drawing and posting. Nothing but drawing. I don't care how, but it must be done. Draw and post work.... everyday... for a few years to get your work known!

Stuck in an art block? Don't know what to draw?
Want to get really motivated by your own watchers from DA?
Start a livestream session and have fun drawing whatever silliness your friends ask of you! It's great practice!
Get some energetic music to go with it!

Want to promote your work nicely on DA?
A collaboration is the best kind of feature on deviantart and they're not hard to get unlike daily deviations!
Ask well known deviants if they would like to collaborate with you!
Their features will give you hundreds to thousands of new watchers, depending on how famous a deviant-artist is.
If they feature your painting, it will get 10'000-100'000 views! That's better than any art gallery in the real world!
For example - want to collaborate with me? Send me a note!

Also, submit your work to groups. Groups is a great way to get watchers.

NEVER, EVER UNDERVALUE YOUR WORK!
CHARGE 100 TIMES WHAT YOU THINK IT'S ACTUALLY WORTH!
Once you start charging 20 dollars for an artwork you will be in a spiral to client hell, where clients give a pittance and expect a masterpiece and then direct similar ass-hat clients your way that propagate the same horribleness that makes value of your art worth very little, providing nothing but shame.
Instead of wasting time arguing with clients/working for a pittance do collaborations with other artists and expand your portfolio as much as possible!
Don't waste time on "ART PROGRAMS in universities". Very often, they will teach you almost nothing and put you in hideous debts, especially if there are a lot of "liberal studies" involved in the course.
Look into colleges or private lessons instead, of you have money to spend and need motivation.
Instead of wasting $50'000+ dollars on a degree, live with your parents and draw non stop everyday, trying new styles, creating new paintings, collaborating with new artists. Make friends on da- as many friends as possible. Learn techniques from experienced deviants!

STUDYING ONLINE IS EASY! Browse AND TRY OUT ALL TUTORIALS: [link]


HOW MUCH TO CHARGE CLIENTS FOR ARTWORK?
Here's an archive page for association of illustrators:
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Generally you should charge around $250 to $10'000 dollars per artwork. If you're charging less, you're severely undervaluing yourself and bringing down the art market.
The lower range of $250 should be charged for small, easy commissions like personal portraits, simple interior illustrations.
The higher range should be charged for big companies that plan to do something with the work - print/distribute it worldwide, or want to get full exclusive rights for the work, or want "work for hire" (basically they won't credit you), etc. If a corporation makes money off your drawing skills, charge them well for it! Corporations can afford to pay lots, if you know how much your work is REALLY worth to them.

I state this again- it is better to draw personal paintings or collabs than to work for a pittance for companies!

You can sell personal or collab paintings as prints FOREVER and no client will ever tell you what you can/cannot with your OWN work.
A nice personal painting can make you $10'000 dollars in your lifetime if you sell prints of it successfully online!



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MouHitoriNoBoku Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank yoiu very much for this~ i hope it'll help me :')
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CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the helpful advice. =)
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, this is really helpful! Thank you for making it.

Do you have any tips on how I could improve my artwork and maybe sell it in the future? I've tried selling stuff through DA, but I don't think I have the following for it quite yet. :s I also live in an area that doesn't really have enough money to support artists (most of the jobs here are crappy minimum wage jobs at restaurants) so I can't sell anything IRL.

Would it be a good idea to move away from drawing animals and start drawing more humans? My only concern is that my humans are really unpopular, so I might just chase away the followers that I DO have.
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fayt-e Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I know you posted this a while ago, but I'd suggest practicing drawing humans just to have some diversity! Of course, don't neglect to put up your normal stuff because it would simply give you a "break" from practice. But don't be afraid of broadening your horizon. Being an artist is all about learning. Never be afraid to jump outside of your comfort zone. (:
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I'm all about jumping out of my comfort zone. I actually tried combining the two recently (humans and animals) and it worked out pretty well. See? [link]

I just get frustrated sometimes 'cause straight up humans don't go over so well (at least when compared to wolves or dragons). Ah, well.
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fayt-e Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
You can tell that you're doing very well! While they may not be as good as your wolves or dragons (as you say), you can tell that you've made leaps and bounds in terms of progress. Humans and animals are very similar - you just have to look for the differences and similarities in anatomical structure. (:
Sounds weird, I guess.. but there are definitely similarities!
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imFragrance Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012   General Artist
Forget all other jobs if you want to freelance. It takes incredible amounts of time, dedication and a massive portfolio to be a freelancer. ......


i will continue to be hopeful ... i will have a 9-6 job and i do not quit following my dreams and drawing..
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mumakote Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you very much for advice! :iconiloveyouplz:
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Rosemariea Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Hero!
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wolfwoot Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This is extremely useful information to hear alexiuss, thank you for telling us about this
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