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Look what I spotted in the V&A giftshop this weekend…my ‘I love getting lost with you’ cards from ohhdeeer! You can get 20% off these here (it’s Ohh Deer’s second birthday today you see!) http://ohhdeer.com/artists/emmeline-pidgen
This flowchart by Jessica Hische sums things up pretty nicely. I think most of you know my feelings on the matter! http://shouldiworkforfree.com/
Topically - Here’s a quick extract from a blog post I wrote recently about the issue of clients [who can afford to pay] expecting work for free:
“I know that there have been people who’s success has been based on that one client who saw that piece they did for free, and that in some cases it works for them and might really be worth it, but in the bigger picture I feel it’s a problem.
The issue is that a lot of clients who can actually afford to pay designers know that they can get illustration work for free, so why would they ever pay a fair wage? If there will always be a stream of illustrators willing to work for “exposure” then the pool of fair-paying clients will reach some seriously low levels, and aren’t those the clients we’re all aiming for in the first place? How can we ensure the longevity of a fair creative industry and our own careers if there are so many clients that don’t need to pay you for your work?
The creative industries are so over-saturated as it is, we need to work together to make sure we can all actually make a living out of our businesses and keep the very, very important creative sectors alive. It’s all too easy to feel like work in return for “exposure” or crowd-sourced competitions are your only options as a graduate but it’s not always the case, try to focus on building your portfolio and style yourself through mock-commissions and personal projects until the right commission comes along - there are clients out there who will pay you, and it’s only fair.”
What are your thoughts on this? Have you found success in working for free or have you found it to be a viscous cycle? I’m also starting a chat about this over on facebook, so get involved if you have an opinion http://on.fb.me/18YD9G1
Here’s my review of the Design Manchester 13 conference; pictures and discussion about longevity in design. There’s also a few words in there about the issue of clients expecting illustrators to work for free. Have a quick read!
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I’ve worked with a number of ink brush pens over the years, there’s something about the line shapes they make that just gives such a great, loose feel to linework. They’re also incredibly versatile in their mark making and you can get such a wide range of effects with them, even before considering…