Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I have long used a variation of the sample that is provided through the Graphic Artists Guild. This is a printable version of their example.
In addition, they have a glossary of contract terms, as these are frequently used and can be misunderstood. The glossary can be found here.
I'm not a lawyer, but I'm always available if anyone wants to discuss usage rights, Work-for-Hire issues or anything along the lines of what we deal with when we put our business hat on.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I have a few methods of storage....
I store my screenprinted posters, large sheets of watercolor paper in a flat file cabinet like this:
I got the cabinet off Craigslist for $150, I think. They can run up to $250 or more.
I usually work several jobs at one time, something that a freelancer has got to do to pay the bills.
To keep track of those jobs, I store all sketches, print-outs, notes, etc. in a plastic cabinet like this:
Each drawer is labeled with the name of the project, so if I am looking for a sketch I did for my Meghan Rose project, I go to this storage unit and the sketch/e-mail print-out/paperwork is most likely located in the drawer labeled "Meghan Rose".
For finished paintings, larger sketches and finished artwork for books that have been published, I put them into drawers like this:
In my studio, I have around ten of these drawers stacked up against the wall.
Each drawer is labeled and right now I'm working on a project that has a large amount of paintings, sketches, etc. so the top drawer is dedicated to that one project.
I like that they are plastic, so in case my studio floods (I have a basement studio), the water will never reach the paper.
And for further protection, the bottom two drawers are (basically) empty.
Here's a photo of a corner of my studio from a while back (some things have changed):
As you can see I have more plastic drawer units to hold pads of paper, bristol board and sketches I want to come back to later.
I would love to have a fireproof safe with all my work in it, but they're hard to move because of their weight and they cost a lot.
Digitally, I save all my files in different versions....non-flattened Photoshop files, flattened Photoshop files, high-resolution files and low-resolution files all in folders and subfolders for each job. I save a back up of every job on a CD and DVD. Then I save a back-up on two external hard drives. Once a week, I save everything I've worked with on my computer to an external drive. And make a back-up. Just in case.
All of the storage units mentioned above can be found at:
Good question. It can get messy if you aren't on top of it. I've been forced to try and be better about it.
For the paper originals I have all these ikea wood shelves. Each shelf represents a current project and for the digital I keep everything for each project in a folder with various sub folders. It's nice to have it scanned in because then I can stash away the original. I then have a color system of labeling the files so I'm aware if files have been finished. Everything is instantly backed up into two external drives.
I have accidentally saved files when they were reduced for the web and that's a pain.
File??? Keep track??? I easily made a thousand drawings last year, and I'm really not sure where they are right now.
I'm terrible at organizing. Last year my hot babe wife spent some time making large envelopes out of brown paper to store my art, which has just been piled in boxes for years.
She also bought me this thing, which probably has a name, and it is excellent for keeping my jobs more organized.
That's about all I have to say about that.
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I painted and framed this for my niece for her birthday.
I went with a thicker line style, since I wanted to frame it in a colorful frame that would look fun hanging on the wall in her room.
She loves soccer and got a new puppy, so I tried to work those into the drawing. I'm happy with the way it turned out.
She's always sending me drawings and things she's colored, so I thought I'd return the favor and give her something to hang in her room.
Happy Birthday, Kiddo!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Here's an editorial cartoon I had in Sunday's Chicago Tribune.
It's on a local topic: The Illinois governor attached a provision onto the last-minute public transportation funding package that allows all senior citizens to ride public transportation for free.
This maybe the first watercolored editorial cartoon I've ever done for a newspaper.
It would be interesting to see if I could pull that off five or six days a week.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I love all the colors. What fun, but I can't imagine the pain in the tuckus it was to clean them all up!
This was a commercial for Bravia.
The song is "Heartbeats" by Jose Gonzalez.
Some pranksters just pulled this same stunt by launching a half million rubber balls down the Spanish Steps by Holy Trinity in Rome.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Congratulations to Brian Selznick for winning the 2008 Caldecott Medal.
It’s the first time that a novel has won the country’s top prize for illustration, and it’s also Scholastic’s first Caldecott Award.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The 2008 Honor books included:
And congratulations to Laura Amy Schlitz for winning the 2008 Newbery Medal!
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The 2008 Honor books included:
Monday, January 14, 2008
They're the original Blue Man Group ...
It's the 50th birthday of Belgium's largest export, the Smurfs!
When I was a kid, I drew lots and lots of Smurfs. I drew a Smurf on my fellow classmates' pocket folders ... either a Smurf or Garfield. I think I can still draw them from memory today.
Most kids remember having G.I. Joe's, Barbies, Star Wars figures, I remember having lots and lots of Smurf paraphernalia.
My twin brother and I had a complete Smurfs bedroom set ... Smurf curtains, Smurf comforters, Smurf bedsheets, Smurf pillowcases and various plush Smurfs....Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Gargamel, etc.
I even sent a fan letter to "Peyo" and was rewarded with a signed certificate putting me in charge of our local chapter of the Smurfs fan club.
I remember my brother and I walking around saying things like, "Go Smurf yourself" or "Stick it up your Smurf!"
We drove my mom crazy!
I still love the Smurfs. They're way cool.
So raise your glass of sasparilla juice and have yourself a piece of Smurfberry cake!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Fiona Harding wants to take the Post-It Note project global on February 1st.
Click here to find out more about the Post-It Note project.
This wouldn't take that much work and it would be fun to take part in!
Hat tip: The awesome folks at Drawn!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
This is a warm-up drawing, colored in Photoshop.
I think I used to be somewhat decent at coloring my work in Photoshop, but since I began watercoloring my illustrations, my Photoshop skills have become rusty and the process seems alot slower than just watercoloring my artwork.
I'll admit, this is sloppy coloring, but it's a warm-up drawing, I'd never let something like this go to print.