I work a full time 40 hour illustration job during the day, and then I work on freelance and personal projects nights and weekends and I have a 3 and 4 year old.
My non day work hours are after the kids go to bed at 9pm - midnight. I take one or two nights to spend with my husband and then he and I switch off working on the weekends. So he will watch the kids for 4 hours or whatever I need on Saturday and then I watch the kids on Sunday during the day and we spend nights and breakfast together
@Sophia-Furman Copyrighted works become public domain after a number of years after the creator passed away. The exact number of years depends on the country but it's around 100-150. Anything 250 years and older, you are for sure in the clear. For new works of art, things might be a lot more complicated. Your depiction might be considered parody (which is fair use) depending on what it is, but in general I think you'd need permission and might even have to pay a license. Since there are no shortage of old masters, you'd probably have an easier time sticking with older pieces
Hard to believe it's been so long since I started this thread. An update -- I did get a fountain pen -- a Lamy Joy -- and I love it for writing but I ended up going back to dip pens for inking illustrations. It's easier to change color ink with dip pens and the fountain pen nib isn't quite as flexible as the dip pen. I use the fountain pen for text.
Highlights from the episode where they were breaking down ideas for someone starting a webcomic:
Tier (potential) Breakdown:
Support tier (No rewards) - start at $2, not $1. The return at $1 is not worth it.
Digital exclusive or Early Access tier - $5. For the exclusive, low to mid level demand or level of effort. Side stories for an ongoing comic. Small pieces of an ongoing/collection of story as a PDF. Process videos
High Demand Exclusives tier - $10. Side stories more appealing to a bigger part of the audience. Live draws on Twitch. Community specific rewards. High res art/pinups.
Commission tier - $20. Pays out a reward every 2 or 3 months
Digital Commission tier - $50. Limited availability. Something you can use as an exclusive for another tier.
Exclusive content is key. Patreons can only get these items there.
Research what others in your field are doing on Patreon and make note of what rewards they offer and what you can similarly do.
Let the backers know what is in it for them!
Keep the tier descriptions short.
Understand that Patreon is not the place to grow your audience.
Also understand that your backers want more of you and it's impossible to spam them with too much .
@Michael-Angelo-Go Wow great breakdowns. You hit every struggle point I had with it that I could'nt articulate.
Funny because the buildings, windows and hands where points I really got lazy on and I KNEW it!
The hands I did as a quick after-thought and the original drawing was the Ninja First then I mirrored the villian from side to side so thats why that looks cleaner versus the freehanded ninjas Lineart. So I get what you mean by it not looking as clean on the Ninja.
The shading was me practicing some Shading/lighting style from Dave Rapozza so thats why it looks off. My usual work has more single focused shading with one or two light sources.
Thanks for the tips on the buildings and contrasting more foreground background consistency. I tried a lot of new things for me on this one and it helps to get insights like this. Cheers!
this is a very tricky area. You may be in copyright violation if you draw the character and the previous illustrator owns the copyright to those characters and images. Remember, style is NOT copyrightable but specific things like characters are! Make sure the other illustrator either agrees to let you use the images (in writing!), or make sure the author owns the property outright.
If the author owns the work in it's entirety, you do not have to mention the other illustrator at all unless you want to. @davidhohn may have another take on this too...
I know that this may not be the most attractive topic of all or maybe even the right place but I'm really having trouble finding places to ask about Digital Taxes and thought that maybe you as illustrators has had experience working for foreign companies or individual customers in other countries and has dealt with Digital Taxes yourselves.
So I wanted to ask if any of you has any experience with Digital Taxes from foreign countries.
The reason i'm asking this is because I've recently learned that making online sales to specific countries may make you liable to paying taxes to that country, based on where the costumer made the purchase and I'm really having trouble to understand how this works, I've tried asking accountants in my country about this but they tell me they are not responsible about those kind of topics when it's involving another country's taxes.
I've found mixed information in some websites like Quaderno, Avalara and Tax Foundation (links to these resources below) and since these taxes are constantly being modified in each country I no longer know if they are reliable at all to know if I have obligations in the countries I've had customers in.
Do you know who I could go to to find reliable info about this in specific countries? Do I need to consult directly with accountants from a specific country to actually know if I should pay VAT in that country? Or is there another professional I should go to to ask about this?
If you have no idea about this at all maybe at least this post serves to open a bit the discussion about it... (・_・;) Sorry if this is a bit too off topic from the usual stuff in this forum...
Resources about Digital Taxes:
Thank you in advance for any assistance.
Hah! I did, I did but the emoji was before his comparison post (which was interesting in of itself). Looking back at it, you did deliver some heat too with the Kenard Pak link.
I think my study is coming along fairly well but time will tell. Thank you for taking the time David.
@xin-li thanks so much . I did book a picture book dummy consult with Shawna Tenney, it’s next week. I’m so excited! I did her course here at svs last year too. She seemed to me to be a very good communicator!
Thanks for the reply, the more we share, the more we all benefit, so it’s very much appreciated!
I think it is looking good thus far. I am not sure about the overlapping hat or not, it doesn't bother me. I think as long as there isn't too much detail that it is hiding then it could be fine. I am not sure what is going on with the hair on the face picture, but maybe it will be more clear once you refine it more. I like all the stuff the character is carrying.
There should have been some form of research before starting to work on it since your work would depend on the format.
If the author had no clue about the size I would have gone to kdp and check the standard sizes they work with, then I would go to my book collection, nearest book store or local library and do a quick research about a size that would work for the project, then make a template using that information.
You would need to add a bleed area, so take your page size and add a few millimeters around it (no less than 5mm per side), and should work at at least 300dpi, I would recommend to work between 300 and 600dpi, some times 200 dpi would still print good enough results specially if the print is going to be big but it's recommended to go higher in dpi for better results.
Some printers are ok with RBG since they have more colors to work with or have better knowledge to properly convert it, some others use only CMYK, you can work in RGB and shouldn't have much problems if you know how to avoid saturated colors, but if you can or if your application supports it (not many professional programs support CMYK) use CMYK from the start.
For delivery it would depend on the author, I usually make a folder in Google drive and share it with my client, I can upload and update the files with ease and the client has direct access to the project files and can check on progress at any time.
Files would be png or jpg at maximum quality, many people (specially graphic designers) sneer at the thought of a jpg, but they print great and I personally have never found a problem since they retain the quality fairly well and clients can check the file with ease (some clients have difficulty working in other formats so jpgs are a bit more universal).