Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    44
    Thanks
    14
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Pseudonyms and such

    Hi everyone! I'm relatively new as an illustrator, I just started last year. I'm having some trouble about getting my work credited to me. A children's book I illustrated was published as part of a collection of stories on the iPad app. But the publisher didn't credit me as the illustrator. I asked them about this and they said that "due to the nature of the project", they used a pseudonym. I don't think this is right but is this common in the illustration industry?


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Posts
    2,902
    Thanks
    3,102
    Thanked 1,944 Times in 1,012 Posts
    This should have been clarified in the contract. Did you sign a contract?

  4. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Mike Tenebrae For This Useful Post:


  5. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    44
    Thanks
    14
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    no, there wasn't any contract

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Posts
    2,902
    Thanks
    3,102
    Thanked 1,944 Times in 1,012 Posts
    Illustrators need contracts like the flowers need the rain. You cannot live without them. I'm not exaggerating.

    This will be a hard lesson to learn, but you will only make this mistake once.

    DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN.

    This is the kind of information/terms that are always laid on in illustration contracts. If someone screws you over, you now have nothing to fall back on.
    I also assume you have no form of written correspondence pertaining to the credentials of the art -before- the drawings were done.

    Have you at least been paid?

    Is this a foreign or local company?

    To be honest, anything that happens now is only going to be an uphill battle. Like everestesque uphill. The first
    thing you will always be asked in situations like these is "where is the signed contract?"
    Last edited by Mike Tenebrae; March 14th, 2012 at 03:34 AM.

  7. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    44
    Thanks
    14
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Fortunately, I had been paid. In my other past projects it was usually the client that provided the contract. I must draft my own contract.

  8. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Posts
    2,902
    Thanks
    3,102
    Thanked 1,944 Times in 1,012 Posts
    I'm glad you have been paid. Big publishing houses and other companies do
    indeed draft their own contracts, which you only sign once you have read
    and agreed to everything inside it.
    Ensure the clients signature is on the contract as well.

    There must always be a legally binding contract present. ALWAYS.

    Don't be surprised if this latest client starts recycling your artwork and
    making more money to make up for the costs of paying you.

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to Mike Tenebrae For This Useful Post:


  10. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    South Africa
    Posts
    1,134
    Thanks
    115
    Thanked 692 Times in 419 Posts
    And perhaps put a post about what happened on your blog? Then at least some people might take note of who the real illustrator was.
    ____________________________________________
    My sketchbook thread:
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...ight=blogmatix

  11. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to blogmatix For This Useful Post:


  12. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    44
    Thanks
    14
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Yes, I have actually posted it on my portfolio. I will be updating my blog.

  13. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Posts
    464
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 182 Times in 101 Posts
    Don't be shy about bringing up your contract either-- you're a business person, and the sooner you get more comfortable in that roll...well, the less likely you'll be burned (over and over ).
    Follow Me! | DeviantART | Twitter

  14. The Following User Says Thank You to sanya For This Useful Post:


Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Designed by The Coldest Water, we build the coldest best water bottles, ice packs and best pillows.