CritStop 03 - Art school vs self teaching?Greetings Concepteez!CritStop 03 - Art school vs self teaching? by M0nkeyBread
Apologies for missing out on the CritStop last week. I was at a weekend long concept-design workshop which didn't leave me with much time to do a post.
I might run down some of the things we did in the workshop in a future post, but this week I thought I would do something a little bit different. I have been getting quite a few queries over the last few weeks about making the choice between formal training courses such as university or college over that of self-teaching and using online resources and short courses. One of these was Nyte-Tyme who wrote:
"I mentioned before that I am currently attending a school called ------- University. So far, my first semester of a Junior year here has been bad. Art history classes (which I think are somewhat necessary) a Physics of Light and Color class. A web design class and a video and audio class which was essentially a film class after awhile. But I've been recently looking into C
Top Seven Mistakes Made by Aspiring IllustratorsI wrote this thing. If you want to repost it on your blog or journal, please credit me with: Article by illustrator Kristina Gehrmann - www. mondhase.deTop Seven Mistakes Made by Aspiring Illustrators by KristinaGehrmann
1. Selling yourself as a beginner
I found a prime example of this in a forum for artists seeking work. The thread title was „Starting-out artist looking for a chance",, and the thread told that the artist is „looking for a client for whom I may draw" and has „just graduated from art college".
We all were at this point once, but usually it takes too long to realize that „beginner" is the wrong mindset, even if you are one. Such statements sound like excuses and are guaranteed to weaken your position. Don't make excuses. Do not justify your work, and do not justify your prices. This is a tricky habit to acquire since we're not very confident by nature, but remember the image you wan
How should I price my art?Hi,How should I price my art? by FriendlyHand
If you spend a lot of time in the DA forums, you will see this topic spring up again and again. Whether you want to earn a living doing freelance art, or you just want to do an occasional commission, these guidelines may help you:
Why is it so difficult to choose a price? Why can't someone look at my art and tell me what to charge? Because it is not just about price and skill level! If three people have the exact same skill level, one might be able to sell their art for $10, another might be able to sell their art for $100 and the third might not be able to sell it at all depending on how good they are at "marketing" (looking for clients and interacting with them.) An artist's ability to seek out clients, choose the right clients, offer a type of work that will sell, communicate effectively, and provide value that their competitors cannot match... is difficult to gauge by looking at a few art samples.
The starting price you pick right now doesn't have to be the perfec
FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobsThe world of freelance business is populated with all types of clients and artists. If you are a freelancer or a potential client, you will eventually start to recognize the early signs of good and bad job situations. There are some tips and notes below that may help you recognize these signs sooner and therefore improve your ability to connect successfully with good job partners. A client or artist will seldom display all of the attributes or warning signs described below. However, watching for the following list items may help you to assess a potential workmate as a good risk or a bad one BEFORE work begins. Similarly, if you strive to embody the positive characteristics listed below, they may help you to engage in more successful and fulfilling partnerships.FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobs by FriendlyHand
ATTRIBUTES ASSOCIATED WITH A GOOD CLIENT/ JOB AD:
Client seems polite and professional and reasonable.
Client knows what she/he wants and describes the project clearly.
Client has checked the advertisement for spelling, g