View Full Version : freelance work from a land far, far away...?
July 29th, 2006, 01:35 AM
my first post here...i wanted to get some help on doing freelance work for extra pay. currently, i'm an art teacher and a kickboxing instructor on guam, and i'd like to take a crack at comic book illustration. my questions are:
--do people who hire freelance artists usually hire artists locally?
--would it be too much of a hassle to hire someone from, let's say, guam? even w/the artwork being sent via expressmail or email?
--what is the standard payment for freelance comic artists? i've read that it is usually $$xxx per page. is this true?
i'm asking because i feel like i could make some extra money and i'd like to put my talents on the table--but i feel like i'd be passed up due to my location.
any help would be great. thanks guys.
July 29th, 2006, 06:42 AM
July 29th, 2006, 04:34 PM
Hey man, I think I might be able to shine a little light on your situation. Yeah, a lot of places will work with you over the internet, especially in the comic field. Now, it must be said that comics are a very hard gig to get into but never let that stop you from chasing your dreams!!
The minimum you should be getting for comic work is about $130-150 a page and you should be able to do about a page to a page and a half a day. It's a good idea not to take anything that paying less than about $150 a day, you need to survive! I'm sure there's people on here that can help you out even more than my self but if you want more advice, you can contact me by going to my web-sit www.reapthemind.com and e-mailing me from there, under the contact section. Hope this helps!
July 29th, 2006, 04:49 PM
thanks a lot for the reply...very informative. last i read, going price was $50 per page. anyway, thanks for the help. if anyone else has advice, please post. thanks, guys.
July 31st, 2006, 01:03 AM
Well I'm getting paid 68$ a page and I just started. Maybe just getting a gig under your belt that's even 50$-70 will help you get your name out there. You have to remember that the big majority of people trying to get their own stuff out there are paying out of their own pockets. So unless your expecting to get hired on by a group or a company don't expect an independent author to pay $150 a day they just can't afford it. Even with 68$ dollars a page I still make $1000 every 14 days and I still have time to goof off and do my own stuff. Including other freelance work. I think Mavor might be shooting too high for a beginner.
Oh, and I work over the net. The independent author I work for is in another country. We just work through Western Union for payments.
I think working your way up is a better idea then expecting so much. Unless your a brilliant artist and can pull genius out of your butt on a daily basis:nohope: go ahead and expect 150$ a day to begin with. :nohope:
I hope that helps you out.
July 31st, 2006, 08:04 AM
The first step is to build a killer portfolio and put it in your own pro looking website, then you can start advertising away.
August 1st, 2006, 01:45 PM
first of all, people who hire freelance artists don't always hire locally. talent/ability will always trump location. as long as you have fedex or any other major courier in your location, you're good. these days there are a lot of digital inkers out there so it's not uncommon for pencillers to scan their pencils to have them inked digitally or have them printed in non-repro blue on comic boards to be traditionally inked. i personally work with both types of inkers. as for pay, i think it's been covered in this thread. expect to be paid very low for your first time out...especially with independent comic books. i, too, have to disagree with what Mavor said about not taking anything less than $150/page, especially if you're just starting out...but just make sure you're not jeopardizing your full-time job if you're planning to do this on the side. Also, if the job leads to published work, it will benefit you when you meet/contact an editor for any of the major publishers.
August 2nd, 2006, 09:34 AM
*sigh* As cool as I am with healthy comp All I know is that in most other jobs they get a minimum rate. We really need a union! I am qualified to sell booze for $30 an hour but when I use my brain and inspiration I seem to get an inundation of people wanting art for nothing or next to nothing.
I sell original art for up to 3 grand but publishers seem to all want it for nothing. We really need to stop people working for nothing or next to nothing just so that we can survive in our chosen job.
Sorry if Im ranting but Ive been doing this for so long and lost so many jobs to gits that work for exposier when half of them have trouble with basic colour theory that some times I feel like throwing in the towel.
Sorry. It was the mentions of variable page rates that got me going....
August 4th, 2006, 08:28 PM
thanks for all the help. i've been wanting to pencil comics since i got my first comic book when i was a kid. this has given me renewed hope. gotta get my ass in gear and start working on my portfolio. all the advice was very helpful. thanks again, guys and girls.
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