Five Things Worth Knowing To Survive The World Of Freelance

The world of art isn’t as easy as you think it is. You’ll be down-balled for your projects. Some big-time companies can forget paying you. It can be hell. But if you want to survive, know these five things!


Nothing Will Be Easy

This is as obvious as it gets. You’ll be fighting for your very own stability and you’ll be working more than 9-5 sometimes. There is solace in knowing you’re just at home and your bed is behind you, but that bed will be instrumental for your sanity.

Three Months Of Hell           

Finding projects is hell. Clients won’t respond immediately. At this point, contacting your natural market and having people know about your profession. You want people throwing your name and business card everywhere. Make noise.

Network-Building and Socialising

After three months of hell, you’ll be building your networks and socialising once the work starts to pick up. You might not be paid for some projects, but it will give you exposure. However, do nt let this rule your work. As much as possible, get paid for everything.

Build Your Personal Profile

Get people to trust you and your work by publishing your online details and accomplishments online and LinkedIn is a great place to start. You might want to host a blog that would showcase your portfolio as a freelance in your industry.

Competition and Making Frenemies

Don’t loathe your competition. Instead, embrace them. Go to gatherings and get to discuss ideas. Keep close to freelancers with great success and find out their secret in a civil and proper manner. Keep your friends close as they are your competitors too.


Three Things That Artists Should Know About Clients

Clients are our lifeblood and the biggest thorn stuck in our backs. We need them to survive doing the things we love. Clients differ from one another. An experience with one client can be extremely awesome. Another might seem like hell. But whichever client you’re working with, these three things are important to keep you alive (doing the things you love).

  1. Clients Will Afford To Pay You

Clients must afford to pay their artists else they should not be in the business. If your client tells you they couldn’t pay you but can give you exposure, you could tell them to shoo away and find someone else. If they do tell you up-front they couldn’t pay you, they likely don’t have a network because they do not have a payment and real distribution system.

  1. Stay Away From Ranters

If your client rants about you being short-sighted when it comes to exposure and fame, don’t even think about arguing. Instead, close your email, put down your phone and hang up or just step away and don’t even turn back. Sure, there’s scammers everywhere, but one who’s still living in his or her experience will not treat you well (or pay you very well, or give you exposure very well).

  1. Don’t Believe Their Promises

Sometimes, these clients can offer to pay you $50 for something. However, if they find the same work that could pay for about $5, you’re nothing to them, or you get paid the same amount. Remember, your work amounts to something great.  Your work amounts more than $5.


Having Some Trouble With Concentrating On Your Work? This Is What You’ll Need

We have to accept the fact that we artists will face a creative block as we think up so many ideas. A brief moment of meditation, or even just walking outside, can really help. Listening to music also helps, but listening to a meditative guide is exponentially better.

So, guided by this world-renowned artistic meditation coach, you could get yourself right back on track with your work. You’re welcome!

Beauty and The Truth.

I’ll really have to say that this guy definitely knows what he’s talking about. We’re both the same when we started. I started to know about beauty and love when I began drawing. I understood what looked pretty for me. However, it was quite different when you understand that love is all about perspective.

I definitely enjoyed this hour presentation about beauty. I think you would too. This is something different and refreshing.

How Society Perceives Beauty In The Western World. [Infographic]

Now, before you even begin poring over this infographic, don’t say that this is only happening in America. In reality, plenty of Europeans, Chinese, and even British believe in these metrics to help make themselves more attractive.

However, it’s not the common people who know this, but its actually companies looking to make their advertisements more attractive by using metrics.

Once you understand these Internet metrics, you’ll be shocked that your favourite make-up, lipstick or dress isn’t the one catching your potential partner’s eye, but actually the time and camera you used to take your photo.

Now, why can’t I find a metric for selling art online? Hmm…

Stopping Our Biggest Problem: Micromanagement

Before I decided I would become a full-time artist, I studied as an apprentice for a professional London-based painter. She designed clothes in a surreal manner that it reminded me of whimsical events in my life. I loved her design style, so I interned in her shop.

Eventually, I learned the reality of being in the industry. Artists are intelligent and productive, yes, but they are also troublesome. When they hire apprentices, it is because they want to have their work done faster.

My boss had tasked me to place the details. I was very accepting during her tutorial; it was her design and she had a brand to maintain and improve. I did it her way at first, then inspiration struck me and I added my own details.

Then, she breathed down on my neck and told me it wasn’t the way she wanted it.

The last two years, I had two of my own interns. I bossed them around as well.

You can’t deny that as an artist, you know that each work you put out is your own work. It is your own name in it. If no one could see your vision properly, no one could do it right.

But later, I realised that I had to stop it. Not because I was hurting people but because there could be something more to the artworks I’m making. If there was a team effort, the artworks could be better.

And I was right. But it wasn’t a solution to stop the problem. If you do find how to stop micromanagement from an artist’s perspective, let me know.

Three Ways on How To Make DeviantArt Sell Your Graphic Novels For You

Graphic novels are as interesting as any form of artwork online. Gaining a good audience is the first hurdle you’ll have to overcome, but as long as you have a good storyline, you should be on the right track. DeviantArt is a premier website that can feature your artworks and even generate income for you too. Here are three ways some of my friends have made it work for them.

  1. Frequency

Keep your audience interested by introducing novel issues of 4-12 in a single year. Audiences want to keep track of work that highly interests them. Your audience’s interest could suffer if you’re waiting for the right moment to develop your storyline. It is also important to not “over-publish” a single genre of your artworks. Sure, a series might be a best-seller, but if the story suffers in the process, your audiences will be less than interested to continue purchasing your wares.

  1. Try To Stop Being a Hipster With Details

Japanese manga proves that hand-drawn details are awesome. However, most “mangaka” have assistants whose specific roles are to lay down tones and do hand-drawn effects to save time and meet deadlines. Working alone with a computer, make the most out of your equipment. It is important to let your computer help you by generating the details you need by itself. Remember, five seconds is all the average time audiences spend in reading a panel.

  1. Charge More For Your Talent

Audiences will pay anything if they see something unique or fascinating with your art style. Don’t be afraid to charge higher than the market does. Gauge the market and see if your artwork is making a name for itself rather than the storyline; it’s a better bet to use rather than depending on your storylines alone.

Be Appreciative of Your Own Products

I’ve met several artists who loved my works and asked me to exhibit my work in their art galleries. I was actually puzzled; some of these works I have done were greatly out of my style, and I didn’t really like these previous works. But the artists insisted that it would look well in their gallery

Before the day of the exhibit, I was asked to view their arrangement of artworks that I’ve made. It was only a small event, and a small room featuring some of my works. It felt different when I looked at my works at the house, leaning against a wall, and staring at them, well-presented and arranged.

It occurred to me that I underestimated myself. I did like these artworks after all.

I walked up to one of the painting and asked myself what was my inspiration for the art I had made. Then I remembered feeling incomplete about not finishing the painting. Then I realised the incompleteness of the painting became its theme.

I gladly walked up to another artwork of splotched paint on the canvas. It felt really nice to look at it differently than the way I looked at it in the past. Before I almost forgot about it, I remembered looking at it and intending to throw it away because it looked like garbage then. But now, it looks lovely and joyful to me.

Somehow, the factors that had me dislike some of these artworks were my consideration for public acceptance, especially with the incomplete painting, and my expectation to churn out a great work of art from myself.

Maybe I just needed a break from seeing these artworks. Or maybe I just had to be appreciative of my own products. But in any case, they looked so refreshing and different, and how art, as I like it, should be.

How Art Can Teach You About Logic and Even Mathematics

Earlier this week, I was taking care of my young niece. He was still in the first grade but he had an intuitive sense when I asked him to do some painting. He told me he want to be an artist, just like me, who sploshes colours all day and enjoying the things I do. I asked him the first occupation he wanted in life. He said he wanted to be an astrophysicist because he loves the galaxy and planets.

He then complained that he never did good in mathematics.

I was still talking to him and held my paintbrush next to him. I drew a line, and then I asked him to draw another line. We made weird shapes alternatingly drawing lines after one another. Then I asked him:

“How do you know that a curve would look good on top of two parallel lines?”

“I don’t know it just looks good.”

Then I explained to him that why he knew a curve would look good is because it is similar to the structures in the outside world that he sees; buildings with curved domes.

Then I told him: “So you, plus an inspiration creates art, which is this drawing here.”


“It is similar to you plus an idea equals art.”

Then he proceeded to draw a house. I explained to him how many things start with just a plain perception of objects, and then understanding that certain arrangements work based on the perception of things.

And this logic had worked for me as it mathematics is a fixed perception of things. It is art in itself.


Being Twisted Can Have its Advantages

Artists are stereotyped to be moving from one place to another in search of inspiration for their artworks, music or any form of expression they have. This is true, at least for me. I’ve moved to different cities, and countries twice, to find the inspiration (and job) that I really wanted. When the internet came on, we could just work from one location, but still, the thrill of moving around is something lovely.

In my trips, I have lived with some twisted people who were also in touch with their creative side. Like me, different ways to express themselves were imperative. But then, some roommates just went from bad to worse.

Some twisted roommates could be homicidal, up to a point they kill small animals. Psychotic, yet they view their works as an extension of themselves, of who they are. Some are highly narcissistic that most of their works reflect what they say to be their inner and external beauty.

Some friends, or ex-friends, are to a point highly manipulative, that you have become friends simply because they have set up the right parameters for your introduction, up to your exit. These individuals call it as art.

However, I noticed one thing common about these maniacal roommates of my past; they could express themselves more clearly. I thought to myself, if I can be like them, but not become socially and legally unacceptable, then maybe I could unleash my inner art.

To no avail of course, for now. Mentality, and balancing one’s ego and creativity is difficult, especially if one is looking for a way to express themselves. Being twisted can have its advantages, but you will need to accept facts first, and avoid personal retrospect when expressing yourself without being conscious of yourself.