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How DC contacts work... By Mark WaidIf you're working for a publisher and wondering how the payments work then this by Mark Waid is pretty good --> http://thrillbent.com/blog/how-dc-contracts-work/
Basically what it boils down to though is that things are paid pretty much as a work for hire which means you get paid a once off flat rate, and then whoever paid you can do whatever they like with the final picture and not owe you a cent extra. Only if you're very good at negotiating contracts, and remember you're up against some of the best in the business with Marvel etc, or have such clout and "cred" in the industry, that you can cut your own deal. Which probably also means your name is Stan Lee...
This sort of deal ranges from a private one off pinup you do for John Doe to the big leagues such as DC and Marvel. Personally I'm fine with it as I get the money and then get a personal kick about seeing the final product in print. I usually ask if I can ge
Premium Content PublishingSo DA has gone and launched a new feature called Premium Content Publishing.
Basically it allows you to sell your artwork and products such as brushes, stock photos.. well whatever, via DA using the points system to earn real money ... eventually. Along the way DA takes a 20% cut of the sales price. (Hey - gotta finance that private island somehow!! --> http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&qA+island#/d1wlypl)
So, the way it goes is that you upload your high res art file via sta.sh and then offer it for download. A person who wants to buy it, pays you in DA points for which you can then get converted into paypal money (after 14 days) and eventually you can access via paypal into real money in your bank account.... sounds great huh?!!
Ok, now lets consider the fees and costs of this thing..
First off a 20% cut is VERY VERY high. I've done some looking around and other art sales sites take a 3 - 10% commission... not 20.
Secondly DA also makes more money by making people
The Mark of the Beast - Clients from HellFrom the "Clientsfromhell" website...
The best way to avoid a lot of complaints that come with freelancing is to screen clients. However, not every client from hell has a pair of horns sticking out of their forehead. Here are some signs that you may be making a deal with the devil:
Ambiguous expectations: A client is employing you because they lack the skillset or resources to complete a project themselves. However, the client should have a clear idea of what they're after. Failing that, they should be eager to help you help them figure it out. Clients who fail this test have project scopes balloon overnight, or they react with anger and confusion when their idea of what they wanted doesn't match the freelancer's blind attempts to give it to them.
Unappreciative: A client's expectations may not be explicitly tied to the project itself; they may expect behaviour, time, or discounts for no other reason other than they think they deserve it. Unfortunately,
An Interview...A guy on millarworl.tv forums asked me to answer some interview questions for what I think is a school project... Here're my answers
1. What is your process when coloring a page?
Convert the lineart to a channel to give it its own layer and a transparent background. Then do the flat colours to divide everything up. Some people do this all on one layer but I like to break the picture up into a series of layers for each of the major components of the picture. Then I usually do the background first as that helps set the scene, colour scheme, lighting, and overall feeling of the picture. Then it's a matter of doing all the rest!
2. How long, on average, does it take you to finish a piece?
Depends on the complexity and how distracted I get by whatever else is on the internet. My mind starts to roam as I colour stuff so I'm always stopping to look something up somewhere. Taking out the breaks, I'd say an average is about 10 hours.
3. Is it that difficult to get your
Freelancers Guide 2012The website "Clients from Hell" (http://clientsfromhell.net ) has put out a Guide for Freelancing - The do's and don't's and other general advice.
Well worth the read IMO
The link (a 35 page PDF file but just read the dang thing!!! ) --> http://cfh.s3.amazonaws.com/Ebook/FreelanceGuide2013.pdf
Lemonade of the GodsI've found this recipe for natural and traditional lemonade. It's Incredibly delicious!!!! Perfect for a stinking hot day like I have here yet again in Perth Western Australia.
6 decent sized lemons
1 cup of castor sugar
2 cups of water
Juice the lemons. You'll need about 2 cups of lemon juice by the time you're done, so 6 lemons is just an average suggestion. You may need less or more...6 does ok for me.
Now put the castor sugar in a pot and add the 2 cups of water. Simmer until the sugar dissolves completely and the water becomes clear again. Do not boil!! Just warm the water to dissolve the sugar so it just has to be warm, not hot.
Combine the lemon juice and the sugared water. Mix and stir a bit. I don't like the pulp all that much so I also strain the pulp out, but if you like it, then fine, leave it in.
Add more cold water to make up about 2 litres of lemonade. I like it with a bit of a lemon tang, but if you prefer a weaker taste then just dilute further.
Getting an iPad tomorrow, what are some good apps?To all you Apple users (and I'm not one of them) - what are some good apps, preferrably with an art focus but anything that you find particularly useful or nifty, to download...?
My workplace is providing all of us with a free iPad (well we don't have to pay for it as long as we work there and have to give it back if we leave) tomorrow and suffice to say... I know sweet bugger-all about iPads and Apple products in general. I'm a dyed in the wool PC man and at this point will be probably lucky to turn the thing on tomorrow much less *do* anything intelligent with it... At least we get some training provided tomorrow on how to use it. They're going to have a 'caveman' group and then a group that have some sort of clue already and I think that I'll join the caveman group anyway even though I do actually have a computing degree... It's been 12 years since I used any sort of Mac/Apple product and then it was a desktop computer. I remember I hated it. (it had a partitioned HDD with Windows o
Tools of the TradeHey guys. I figured I'd go ahead and do a FAQ journal entry. Just a basic list of the tools I'm currently using for my marker work. I have a new tutorial for my markers that I'll post when I'm able to share the art I used for the progress shots. Feel free to fire away with any questions and hopefully, this can be a go to guide for basic info on my tools. I'm not going to talk about oil painting materials as I'm still figuring all that out and I doubt an answer I give today will hold up in the future.
Ok Here goes...
Markers: Prismacolor Cool and French grey markers. I think "Copic" has become another word for "marker" these days, so it's assumed that I'm using Copics for all of my work, but I actually use Prismacolor for all of my figures and detail work and only use Copic markers for backgrounds. I use to use "Warm" greys but I like the sepia look of French more now. I also occasionally use Copic color markers when I'm doing a full color marker piece. Why do I like Prismacolor markers
All you need to know to get crisp FlatsIf you want to know how to get flats with perfect separation, no floating pixels, and are easily selectable. This is the sum total of what you need to know:
It's all in the TOOLS.......and their SETTINGS
Set the feather to zero px, and uncheck anti-alias on the Lasso tool.
Set the tolerance to zero, and uncheck anti-alias on the Wand tool.
Set the Opacity to 100%, and set the tolerance to zero on the Paintbucket tool.
Use the pencil tool to do any fine detail color work, and make sure it's set to 100% opacity as well.
***Do not, under any circumstances, use the Brush tool for flats. Ever.***
These are your must have settings and tools, may they take you far
Wonder Woman pages, and some thoughts on coloring.To make up for my lack of updating I've uploaded a bunch of my favorite pages that I've colored for Wonder Woman. But instead of just listing who wrote and drew the pages, I decided that I would give a bit of insight into my thought process for each page. It might be something about why I chose the lighting, or the palette, or point out a bit of story telling that was done through color. Basically, I talk about things that I think a good colorist should be thinking about when coloring a comic book. Our job is to enhance the art AND the story, so if you're just enhancing the art with great rendering but neglecting storytelling with random palettes or poor color choices, in my opinion you're failing as a colorist.
There are about 20 pages in the folder, so go check them out here... http://fatheadwilson.deviantart.com/gallery/39747412 and read the bits below the artwork to gain a bit of insight into what goes through my head while I color a page. If you're interested in reading them in or
Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)To many people in comics, I only arrived a few years ago with Joe the Barbarian. Then came Hellblazer (completed in 2008 before I began working on Joe), American Vampire: SOTF, and finally Punk Rock Jesus. Once in a while someone will mention Off Road (an OGN I did with Oni back in 2004), but for the most part it seems like I've been published only these last few years when in fact I've been published professionally for a decade now.
This isn't a plea to have everyone go back through my previous work--in fact, I'm glad that a lot of the books I've done over the years aren't on readers' radars. I'm proud of it all, but the books above are a nice, tight group of titles to be associated with. They're all in a similar brand, they're all recent, they all have good creators/publishers associated with them, and the artwork is mostly consistent. Go back further than that, and you'll see artwork that looks nothing like the stuff I'm doing these days. (Although Off Road still holds up to some de
Fast and easy way to create a reference sheet...Just the other day, I discovered a super quick and easy way to create reference sheets for digital painting. So, instead of having a ton of documents open all at once, slowing down your Photoshop, or spending a half hour to create your own sheet, you can use Picasa to create one for you in just seconds.
Below is a video I made to show you how. There are some other tips in there as well, so take a look if you're interested!
MotivationMotivation to achieve your goals in life comes in many forms. I decided to take a look at some of mine throughout my life. Keep reading if you care to learn my deep dark secrets [ ultimately you can use them against me later in life when I'm weak and defenseless. ]
When I was a kid I wanted to be just like my father. He passed away when I was 28 but man he left a mark! By the time I was a teenager I was a lot to handle - so we hardly ever saw eye to eye. He was a tough and talented man. To me he was like a super hero. He had a very black and white philosophy about life. He defined right and wrong very distinctly - there was no grey in his world. As a kid, a philosophy like that makes complete sense even if it isn't very realistic. He was a former pro boxer turned commercial artist. Eventually he ran his own ad agency. He could play guitar and piano by ear and played baseball as often as he could. He also loved comi
Loose Ends 03Title: Loose Ends
Game: Mass Effect 3
characters/pairing: Miranda Lawson (femShep/Miri), Alexandra Shepard, Kasumi Goto
Disclaimer: dont own anything, Bioware does
Oh, my head. “Where am I?” Miranda woke up with a groan, clutching her head with both hands.
“Welcome back to the land of living.” A chirpy voice said, and Miranda opened her eyes to see Kasumi sitting on the backrest of the armchair.
She closed her eyes again, as she massaged her temples “What happened?”
After a little pause, Kasumi spoke, “You saved my life.” She said in a serious tone, which made Miranda open her eyes again.
“You thought I was going to let you get sliced to pieces by that enormous fan?” Miranda asked incredulously.
“No, but… Except for Keiji and Shepard, nobody ever risked their life for me. And you made a huge risk, by protecting me from the blast and not
Dragon Effect: Chapter Nine-Twenty minutes ago, Calenhad Circle Tower, First Enchanter's Quarters-
"You cannot do this Gregoir! I forbid it!"
Irving tries in vain to reason with the gruff commander of the Templars, but to no avail. At a nod from him, two templars leave the room. Irving takes his staff from his desk and moves to pursue, but Gregoir blocks his path, his sword held out, the point near Irving's throat. "This is no longer your concern Irving. Knight-Commander Meredith agrees with my decision, that thing downstairs is a creature of the Fade and will be put to the sword before she can corrupt us all....as I fear she has already corrupted you."
"Don't do this Gregoir....please."
"It is already in motion. Soon this will be behind us and life will return to normal."
"No....I'm afraid it won't."
Gregoir's eyes narrow, a growl playing about his lips, "You want to do this now Irving? After all we've been through?"
"Yes.....I'm afraid I must do the right thing here."
Thank You Hello everyone! Max back to tell you all that I will be writing again real soon; probably within a few days. I'm writing this as both a heads up to my watchers and a big thanks to :iconchaostro101: for the pep talk and this hilarious, yet very inspiring and uplifting video:
Again: thank you Chaostro for the avice and pick-me-up. I appreciate it!
I'll get back to work to Through His Eyes, ME:AI, and possible a Dragon Age fan fiction if all goes well.
One step at a time right?
Give me a break (into comics...)Pro comic writer :iconzubby: Jim Zub has a blog where he's written a few entries on how to break into the comics industry. Well worth a read IMO!
The links -->
Part 1 - How do I break in? --> http://www.jimzub.com/?p=1725
Part 2 - Find an artist --> http://www.jimzub.com/?p=1767
Part 3 - Comic Writing --> http://www.jimzub.com/?p=1068
Part 4 - The Pitch --> http://www.jimzub.com/?p=1511
Part 5 - Pitch Critique --> http://www.jimzub.com/?p=1882
Part 6 - Comic Q&A --> http://www.jimzub.com/?p=1813
Part 7 - The Realities of Creator-owned Comics --> http://www.jimzub.com/?p=1953
In addition he links to Charles Soule's blog articles about Freelance work and Contracts called "Agree to Agree"
Here's the links -->
Part 1 --> http://charlessoule.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/agree-to-agree-part-one/
Part 2 --> http://charlessoule.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/agree-to-agree-part-2/
Part 3 --> http://charlessoule.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/agree-to-agree-part-three/
Part 4 --> http://charlessoule.word
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