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    What do I do if I hate the project I'm working on (freelance)

    Yeah, pretty much that to be honest. I took up a project, book illustrations for a friend, not much money in it in relation to the amount of time I've put into it already, totally uninspired by the idea. The book is poor, bit of a vanity project, and still a super early draft, really, really bare bones. I don't know why they even want illustrations for it at this stage, I kind of accepted the job before asking to see the work, and I'm literally just starting out in freelance illustration, so I'm trying to take on work when it presents itself to me.

    So basically, any advice on pushing through a project that doesn't inspire you at all, tricking your brain into enjoying it somehow? It's kind of making me doubt my artistic abilities because I'm just being so uncreative with it, because it inspires so little creativity, but it's still some money, even if it's not money I currently need, and I want to get my work out there (all forms of payment accepted, including Exposure Bucks).


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    Welcome to 90% of your freelance art career. Suck it up, you made a promise and didn't do your due diligence so now you need to finish it. Do the best job you can, consider it a portfolio piece for better paying, more satisfying work in the future. Going forward, make sure you can do the work to the best of your ability or don't take the job. The whole point of most art jobs is doing stuff for other people for money, if you can't get behind that for that reason then I would suggest a non-art career.
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    And it'll get worse! Wait until artistically incompetent, Dunning-Kruger-ridden clients want to use you as a brainless, unthinking extension of their own hands and micromanage every brush stroke, steadily making the artwork worse with every revision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    Welcome to 90% of your freelance art career. Suck it up, you made a promise and didn't do your due diligence so now you need to finish it. Do the best job you can, consider it a portfolio piece for better paying, more satisfying work in the future. Going forward, make sure you can do the work to the best of your ability or don't take the job. The whole point of most art jobs is doing stuff for other people for money, if you can't get behind that for that reason then I would suggest a non-art career.
    You're right. It was something I'm going to have to learn from really, somehow it felt strange to ask to see it. I'm happy to do stuff for other people, it's been my goal for as long as I can remember, and I really do want to do my best work for this person, but I think I'm discovering that doing work for others in a skill in itself, and I'm going to have to find ways to be able to do my best work for clients regardless of what they bring to the table. Thanks for the reply

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    And it'll get worse! Wait until artistically incompetent, Dunning-Kruger-ridden clients want to use you as a brainless, unthinking extension of their own hands and micromanage every brush stroke, steadily making the artwork worse with every revision.
    Aw man, I can't wait! Stupid child me, wanting to be an artist when he grew up, stupid, stupid child me. Thanks for the reply, I'll keep my future in mind haha

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    Legitimate pro tip right here.
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    It's a long way to the top if you want to Rock 'n' Roll.

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    That’s why you have to charge enough money to offset the pain of working on it.
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