@Nathalie-Kranich great portfolio! I like how clean your artwork is. With your website I would make your call to action buttons a bit more prominent in terms of colour, like 'Get in Touch' etc, and also put a button at the bottom of each section so I can scroll down and click tell me about your project once I have seen all your work. Hope that helps!
@Cayleen yeah, it's really tough to find the right solution i think! When it comes to kneeling chairs and those that engage different muscles I've definitely heard it's important to switch them up regularly.
I can totally see the sense in that and it's an ideal concept to have more variety, but that's easier said than done in my case. Don't really have the space to swap between different chairs XD
I think sooner or later the standing desk is always gonna be a stand-out option.
@Nathalie-Kranich are you based in Germany? Try to see if there is a graphic arts or illustration association that helps freelance artists to deal with contracts. I know one in the country I am resident of here in Norway, and I can consult their lawyer if I have questions regarding contracts with he local publishers. When I had contracts with UK publisher, they referred me to AOI (Association of Illustrators) in the UK.
@Nathalie-Kranich I guess almost everyone who takes art seriously has an inner-imposter. I have been listening to podcasts where many very established artists still struggle with the inner-imposter. I think the imposter monster is here to stay, and it will probably never leave. But we can somehow learn to live with it somehow. I try very hard to remind myself that I am not alone feeling this way, and I am not alone on this art journey.
that's a super cool concept with the little girl trying to save the moon and scary stuff below! the colors are gorgeous. I love all the fish! The big scary one and the little ones and how there is a curve to their formation. The starfish going back in space too, it creates a lot of depth 🙂
I think the risk of working with an independent author is a communication challenge. If you work with an art director or editor, they have experience of working with illustrators, and many of them are very visual and able to read your rough sketches with a line of the description and understand where you are heading with a piece. It is very hard to know if an independed author is able to do that, or express what she wants and need clearly.
If I take a commission like this, I would
Try to learn as much as I can about the author herself, asking if she is interested in visual art, and maybe even ask her to provide the kind of book cover or art in general that she loves.
Show my process step by step. I sent a book cover illustration process I did (from SVS book cover illustration class) to my client before I took a job. It helped so much to clarify what I mean by rough sketches, color study, and final art. I let the client approve each step (I did not show the thumbnails to the client, only rough sketches and onwards) before moving to the next phase to avoid revision and extra work.
you can add a change fee in the contract: for example if she approved the rough sketch, and then later she wants to make a big change, then you can charge an extra fee for the changes.
Wow it can be really hard to face a situation like you find yourself in, but it looks like you have a great plan in place! Everyone's given excellent advice already, so I'll just add my own experience.
I'd love to be able to quit my part-time writing job and have more time for freelance art, including writing/illustrating my own stories, so here's a bit of a chuckle to maybe brighten your day: each week when I haven't been fired, I'm happy because that's money coming in and the job is actually pretty decent. Each week when it looks probable that my publication will go out of business and fire me, I'm happy because if I get fired I can DO MORE ART! haha So I love the attitude and determination you're bringing to the situation. A bright side to everything. I wish you the best of luck in making these big decisions on direction, and a smooth path forward these next 6 months or so!
This is a super fun idea! Love the details, especially the penguin just waiting to surprise us as we look around the room. The monster kinda reminds me of a "Pokemon evolved" version of the McDonald's fry kids. I've never thought of monsters under the bed as "landlords" haha what a great concept!