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Mad Mister Winter Final by ValliantEffort
Mad Mister Winter Final
Something I decided to ink for #inktober on facebook.  Character for a little story I'm playing around with.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: My ac running
  • Reading: REAMDE -- Neil Stephenson
  • Watching: and waiting
  • Playing: it cool
  • Eating: Cinnamon Honey Bunches of Oats
  • Drinking: Coffee, glorious coffee
So, to be a "real" artist, is it all about getting paid for your work?  I've done tons of art for myself, but it all just sits there (you can see some of it sitting here).  It looks good, but what's it worth?  What's the point?

Occasionally someone sees my work and wants me to do some art for them.  I've made money on the side like that since I was a teen.  I've made some decent money from single projects here and there.  Just as often I get someone who's like "I'll give you a couple bucks if you can design a tattoo for me".  Family thinks I should do stuff like that for them for free.

When I ask my art buds what they charge it's something like $25/hr and up, so I use their suggestion so I can "be a professional".  While I like getting paid good money for my time and whatever hassle I incur, especially the older I get--I'm finding out that what I'm charging seems like too much for what I've created.  What I create is good, and as professional as I can make it, but I could easily charge something lower.  I enjoy creating and I appreciate the end result and that's a big part of making art for me.

Part of it is I already have a full-time job so this is just supplementary income.  Maybe I'd get more work if I charged something lower.  But then again, for years I'd complete someone's work, they'd ask me how much, and I'd say, "Just pay me what you think it's worth."  Sometimes I'd get paid something lower than what I'd want (I guess once I had someone else's suggestion of what it was worth all of a sudden I'd come up with an amount), sometimes I'd get paid something higher than what I thought it was worth.  Still, I didn't know what to charge or what the art was worth, so it seemed like an honest way for me to do things.  Mostly I'm just happy to get paid.

But what's the price of being a professional?  For me I'm wondering if it's not just high fees and an ego trip.



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Andrew Moir
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Please feel free to comment on/critique my work. I'd like to hear from you. :)

Some of my favorite art books:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain/Drawing on the Artist Within/Color--Betty Edwards;
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist--Stephen Rogers Peck;
Anything and everything on perspective;
Every instructional book by Will Eisner;
Every instructional book by Scott McCloud;
Rendering in Pen and Ink--Arthur L. Guptill;
How to Draw Comic the Marvel Way--Stan Lee and John Buscema;
The Art of Comic Book Inking 1 and 2--Gary Martin

Current Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Favourite genre of music: Whatever strikes me at the time
Favourite style of art: Everything
Favourite cartoon character: Superman, Dick Grayson (Robin/Nightwing/Batman)

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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional
Thanks for the llama, Andrew. I was starving!
ValliantEffort Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not sure I get the whole llama thing but hey, have a llama. :)
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional
Yeah, it's an odd thing. I wonder if the llama in "Napoleon Dynamite" had anything to do with it.
Dismay666 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome gallery , cool work ! I'll be watching you:D
ValliantEffort Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! And thanks for the Watch. :D I really like your airbrush style illustrations. Your color work is very strong. :)
Dismay666 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
my pleasure and thank you XD
Indeed ,my color works are very present heheh
Huwman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional
Thanks for faving!
ValliantEffort Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Always my pleasure! :)
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OtisFrampton Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Thanks for the watch! :)
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