Thank you for this! This is what I needed when I was in school, just a realistic day or schedule breakdown of a working illustrator. I recently started freelancing and also signed with an agent and when work started coming in I felt like my head was going to explode with all the things I didn't realize I'd have to think about to create a productive workflow and meet deadlines. My school never explained how to handle all of this, so thank you for taking the time to talk about a day in the life of an illustrator! If there happens to be a part 2, that would be cool! :)
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Posts made by Kekkerz86
RE: Episode 12: A Day In the Life of an Illustrator
RE: Workflow process/project management process?
Bumping this up to see if I can get some input from @Jake-Parker, @Will-Terry, @Lee-White, and @davidhohn, to get their thoughts on the topic. If workflow has already been discussed please share a link to the thread, I would love to read it!
Workflow process/project management process?
How to work through a picture book project- Workflow: what is your workflow process/project management process?
Awhile ago Jake did an Instagram story about working through The 12 Sleighs of Christmas or Who’s The Grossest of them All (I can’t remember… or it was a mix of the two), he did a breakdown from contract to finished book. He showed how he tracks his time in a chart and showed the book cover process. I was wondering if there could be a podcast or even a class about managing projects, a more in-depth version of what Jake did on his Instagram? Like how to stay organized with multiple projects, how you setup every project to make the best use of your time and stay on track.
I know everyone will have a different way of working but I’m finding that this is the one thing that worries me the most about getting book assignments, not setting myself up for success from the start of the project. I really just want to know the best practices when getting a book contract from start to finish. I think this is something I never got in school, really knowing how to work through job and organizing yourself/process to stay on track and giving yourself deadlines so you can meet the publishers deadlines.
I hope that made sense.
Does anyone have this fear or have any tips or advice when starting assignments and having a process to keep them organized and on track to meet deadlines? Do you use an app or create a chart for each assignment?
Oh, I did watch the Illustrating Children’s Books Part 1 & 2 and while watching Jake work through the book dummy was supper helpful I don’t think they touched on workflow much outside of creating art.
RE: Agent /Contract Question...
Thanks Lee, this is very helpful! I did re-watched the 3rd Thursday agent video. You mentioned having a budget for advertising and how some agents cover 0%, 50% and so on, so I wasn’t sure if it was a red flag that the artist might have to pay some promotion fees. I guess I'd rather have some promo/advertising fees than have a higher commission % with no promo/advertising fees.
Agent /Contract Question...
My question is: Is it common for the artist to be responsible for promotion cost, such as hard copy portfolios the agent may keep on hand, direct mailers or agent website access?
Is that why some agents take a lower commission rate? B/c the artist is putting money towards those other fees? And then agents who have a higher commission % tend to roll those fees into the commission?
I may have more questions later but thank you in advance!
RE: Cintiq purchase
I have the Cintiq Companion 1. I did have the plug in not charging issue but Wacom fixed it right away and I haven’t had a problem since. I love being able to work wherever and whenever and since I use all of the express keys, the small tool buttons in photoshop and illustrator don’t bother me at all. The express keys are one of the reasons I went with Wacom and not the other brands. At my day job we just got upgraded to the 22HD Cintiq and I love that too. Having the bigger model to work on has made me a little spoiled when I use my Cintiq Companion b/c there is less space/surface to move around on while drawing. I would love to get the 22 or 27 Cintiq in the future for my home studio.
I think whatever size you go with it should work great, I think it's just, knowing what your needs are and how you work. Do you like to stay at your desk? or do you like to move around and create in different environments? I liked to move around and work in different spaces so the Cintiq Companion was the best option for me at the time. Plus it's a stand alone computer so I only need to bring one machine and less cords with me wherever I go.