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Mon Sep 1, 2014, 4:59 AM
So I got this note from a guy on DA here asking me if I wanted to be on his team to colour stuff. He states his rate of $20.00 for full colour and background (a farcical amount so he lost me there straight off) and links his website. It's basically a girl on girl catfight art site with nudity, lesbian action, mega gore and ultra violence, all while using comic characters. Yeah... Great idea! /sarcasm

So I say no, and also mention his rate is probably far far far too low to get anybody to do what he wants (I hope everyone else he approached all said no as well just based on that). Obviously that got up his nose because he comes back to me saying I'm "unprofessional..."

Ok... So let's think about that for a bit.

I am very very selective about what I colour. Sexy is ok by me, but I try to avoid things with nudity or excessive violence in it. (I've done two pics with bare boobs and have taken all lengths possible to keep the non-censored versions off the net. Of course, that hasn't stopped the client from posting them, but at least it doesn't come from me. I've now decided outright that any nudity or over the top violence etc at all is an automatic rejection by me, no matter how good the picture is) This is mostly because I work as a teacher by day and the kiddies I teach don't need to see that sort of thing from me.  Neither do I relish explaining myself to the Principal or education department. My wife and daughter are my best editors in fact. If they kick up over a picture then I'm undoubtedly in the wrong.

But it also goes further than that. I see professionalism as protecting your reputation overall for the big picture. I don't think the major comic publishers would necessarily want to use someone who is associated with that sort of thing as described above at the opening of this journal article. Just look at the storm of controversy over that recent Spider-Woman cover by Milo Manara... and that's just over a particular pose!

Besides this, anything of dubious content can come back to haunt you years after the event. A guy I'm aware of here on DA is still dogged by controversy and harassment for some dodgy art he did years and years ago. He's even tried changing his name to avoid it but people have made the connection and continue to hound him. To me this is both pointless and unnecessary as he's not doing that art anymore, but of course some people out there just get their jollies wherever they can find it.

So, with all that in mind, maybe it's worth thinking about when you're offered to colour, or draw, or ink, someone's art? What could be the long term ramifications of doing so? Maybe now when you're younger and looking to get paying work, any work with money sounds good. But what about when you're older? What might people think then or how might it affect your potential future commissioning opportunities?


  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: enya
  • Reading: patrick o'brien - master and commander
  • Watching: TV...
  • Playing: with my grand daughter
  • Eating: Chocolate


Sean Ellery
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
I'm a high school teacher of Social Studies + Geography/History during the day and Caped Colouring Crusader by night, colouring stuff on the side as a hobby and the odd paid gig here and there.

(If you're wondering about the picture in the floating screen in my DevID image above then you can find it here -->…

Current Residence: Perth Australia
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Favourite style of art: comic digital art
Operating System: win xp
Favourite cartoon character: pinky and the brain


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Electric-Eccentric Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome to get a fav from you! Love your work. :) Thanks!
Size-And-Stupidity Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you for the watch!! Holy crap, man. your stuff is good!!!
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LCFreitas Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks for the watch, welcome, excelent their colors, amazing job!
TheVatBrain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
crisartz Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love your art, what do you use to make your art? I mean in software wise?
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rayan101 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  New member
heyhey are you the Sean that posts on apes and babes Uncle Frank's site? Please check my page and tell me what you think if so...Thanks Ray
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GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   General Artist
Hi! Sorry it took so long to get back to you since Perth Oz ComicCon >.<; It was nice to meet you, you probably might not remember me. You came up to my booth and gave me your flyer :)
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Kristherion Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A lot of thanks for the fav! Your artwork is unique, very nice color style. Thanks again.:) (Smile) 
mlh70 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
looks like you will only have a dozen entries to judge from on the batista contest. I took the extra time to touch up some errors and will be sending it to you later tonight. stay cool
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