November 17 2013, 1pm
ATTENTION ARTISTS: Need help calculating your commission prices?
A tool that I’ve found is really handy is a called the Cash Clock. It’s a simple program that measures both the time that you’re working on a piece as well as how much money you should be earning. You can adjust the hourly wage to whatever you feel is right. Simply start the clock whenever you begin working on a project right up until you’re finished. It can give you a clear indication of what you should charge for commissions.
No artist should make below minimum wage for their artwork.
The Cash Clock is found as a download here.
November 10 2013, 7pm
What's the "word" called for a commission including fully owning the art. For example the commissions used for the Werewolf book? But I'm really looking for the "word" for the author drawing the picture, but having another artist ink & color it digitally. Is there a word for that? I want to make my own book with my own drawings, but I can't color digitally.
When an artist does a piece of art for a client who gets all the rights to that artwork, it’s called a “work for hire” or “work made for hire”. “Work for hire” is a very specific legal term in regards to commissioned artwork, because it only include transactions under which the FULL rights of the art are transferred to the client. Despite how it sounds, it does NOT describe any artwork which the artist has been hired to create. So the book cover I am doing for Adam Gulledge is considered a “work for hire”, as he will retain all the rights to the resulting illustration. But all my other commissioned artwork is NOT “work for hire”, as I keep the rights to the resulting images. Most often “work for hire” artwork is created when an artist is part of a studio, hired and an employee rather than a freelancing contractor (like me).
For your other question, there is no specific term for hiring an artist to color your work. Just call is what it is: hiring a colorist! Just be absolutely sure that you and the artist both review and sign an agreed upon contract, which should state you’ll be able to use the resulting colored image for your book.