Been going back to my studies and having a bit of a mid art crisis! But after looking at loads of gumroad tutorials and ignoring all the.....shall we say 'negative' people on facebook, I've gone back to what i love doing. PAINTING!!!!
Also completley re-worked my book and going to start modeling one of the sets today between jobs. so excited i cant even explain!!!
Also thank you very much! Got another personal piece upcoming too, it's pretty grim though!
You had some problems on facebook ? The art community can be harsh on facebook sometimes, I'm in a few groups but I post rarely and I'm careful about what I post. I'm glad you're working on your book ! I can't wait to see it !!
Oh what are you working on? I'm starting to consider art as a carreer more and more seriously. Come to think of it, I have some questions to ask you. If it's okay ^^
First, I posted this auraofthedead.deviantart.com/a… on facebook and people said that i needed to change my style if i don't want to be called a dan luvisi copycat. Now I don't deny that I am heavily inspired by him, he's been my favorite artist for years, but I just wondered, since i want to create realistic sci-fi scenes with colorful and badass characters, i'm basically screwed, right? Because there's a dan luvisi label on this "style". So I was just wondering if you had any advice on how to find your style, or if you knew other artists who made ultra realistic sci-fi scenes (except you and dan i actually realized i don't know any ? i mean most of them have a 'painting' or 'realistic anime' feeling). Then, you're working as a freelance artist, right? Are you making a living with your art ? What are your goals for the future? I mean do you want to work in movies or video games or something ? And how do you find clients and is it hard to work like this ? (are the deadlines harsh, are the clients dicks, etc)
Well okay that's like 10 questions lol. If you don't have the time to reply I'll understand !
Ok well every artist in history has copied to some extent. I realised i was getting too close to being a luvisi copycat so tried forcing myself to do different things, maybe a new workflow, using different brushes etc. your style comes with time, i think it's really important to learn and sometimes copy artists (*artist'S* not just one! ) you like and do a lot of your own stuff too, then the 2 sort of merge together.
I said earlier I'm branching out into environments now for my book, so to get good at that ill be looking at all the gumroad tuts, andree walling and taking a fuck load of pictures! XD
Right, time for your questions: 1; Just keep doing what your doing, mix it up a little, find new artist to idolize (you'll love clayton crain if you don't know him already!) and do lots of your own stuff and rely less on what dan does and more what you'd do. If all you can think of is Dan then google the hell out of what your doing and find an alternative.
2: yes im a freelancer
3:kind of. it is simply TOO unstable, especially if you have to pay rent/bills and all that crap. So i have been forced to take a part time job to get money, now the freelance money is a bonus.
4: i'd love to work on games and films. i'd prefer freelance like dave rapoza or dan. but their like illustration gods pretty sure us normal people would have to move to the studio to work.
5: it's crazy hard. well, the work is usually easy, deadlines fine if you're organised but the money is terrible, you may get lucky and get some bad ass rich client early who pays you to do stuff you like, but chances are you'll get cheap fuckers who what you to do their book cover for $50. And if you need the money, then you're forced to take the jobs too, another downside is if you dont like what your doing it'll show in the work, so you either end up with a crap end result or you dont show it to anyone ever.
If you're thinking about going freelance to live on *get a part time job too*, that way if you dont get any freelance jobs for like 3 weeks straight you still have money in your bank for food.
Last bit of advice, dont do cheap or free work if you have the choice, it'd benefit you sooooooooo much more to just make a new fresh piece of art for yourself, or start writing a story, or a screenplay, or a book, anything!
Funny you ask all this now because a few months ago i'd of said freelance is amazing, but after months of no/shit/cheap jobs, a maxed out overdraft and no food i realised this shit happens too much. I asked for extra hours at my day job to compensate for it, currently i have no client jobs -£150 and have already been paid from my day job next payday is 5 weeks away...... awesome i know.
However, after these new hours kick in and i have money i'll be able to say "fuck youuuuuuuuuuu!" to terrible jobs and just work on my book or cool client jobs.
Haha no it's okay, thank you for replying ! This is really helpful. I hope I'll be able to work in this industry soon, and I hope you'll be okay ! Money is always the issue, it sucks. I wish every artist could live doing what they love. But that's very naive lol. Anyway, I need to work my ass off starting now ! Fortunately there are a lot of artists out there who are really helpful to the community (like for example idk if you've checked Marc Brunet's (bluefley on dA) youtube tutorials in which he talks about being a concept artist, working for video game companies, being an illustrator etc) which I am so thankful for. Everything that you said is very accurate. I thought about getting a job and then sell my paintings at the same time, but I hope I won't be stuck with this my whole life, I really want art to be the end of my career path eventually. Do you remember your first client ?
If you want it enough and work for it, it will happen.
I actually signed the contract at work today to go full time. But that is only 8-4pm so that gives me from 4pm onwards to do what the hell i want!! I'm so excited to be able to have enough money in the bank to not feel guilty about working on my own pieces/book.
You will always find that your own work is a million times better than client work, especially cheap client work, so i am certain that the more promo/work i put out there from my book it'll get noticed. And i'll be applying for in-house concept jobs throughout the future too.
I am actually still working for my first client! He pays ok and always needs work, i dont really like the subject so it shows in the work, thats why i don't display it anywhere.
Just keep trying, dont worry about me i'll be fine. Everyone has a different journey but all end up at the same place, im sure you will too.