Friday, June 28, 2013

Art Pact: A Professional Practice Proposal for Illustrators

A while ago, illustrator Randy Gallegos wrote a comprehensive guide educating clients about rights, what it takes on the artist's end to make good art, and what good art costs.

As art school gets more expensive and jobs pay less, a group of illustrators are putting together a professional practice website that looks very promising to educate both potential clients and illustrators.

From their Indiegogo page:


"Hi, my name is Jim Pavelec. I have been a freelance illustrator in the fantasy genre for 15 years.
Throughout my career I have watched contracts get progressively worse for artists, and our pay stagnate or even decrease. We all saw it happen, and we all complained to each other about it, but nobody did anything about it.

I decided to give a lecture at the 2012 Illuxcon symposium regarding the state of freelance illustration for fantasy and sci-fi artists. I wanted the panel to be a forum for ideas on how we could affect positive change in the industry.

I gathered fellow artists Todd Lockwood, Randy Gallegos, Aaron Miller, and Mike Sass to join me on the panel, and to brainstorm beforehand on some ideas. What we came up with was the idea of a website. 
You can hear about the inception of the website and the entire Illuxcon panel on the Drawn Today podcast:

or via this YouTube version."

As self-publishing becomes the norm, this site proposal is a good education for ANY illustrator.

Anyway, if you think this is a good idea after you read through their proposal, they could use your support.

Plus, I would be interested to hear how the local illustration community feels. Thoughts?


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  2. Still too early to tell, but it will be interesting to see how much this group overlaps with other illustrator advocates out there, notably the GAG and The IPA.

    I don't think it matters much. Each group will reach a slightly different audience, and there are a lot of young artists out there that would do well to take solid business advice to heart. I'd like to see all these well-intentioned groups helping one another by sharing useful links and information.

  3. I think they are trying to do things right. It is ambitious, but I like the educational component.

    Randy's PDF educating clients is especially well done since the publishing world is moving towards more self-publishing.

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