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Freelancer? How About a Three-Month “Working-Vacation?”

luclatulippe:

It’s coming up on a year since Doug and I “wintered” in Buenos Aires (we spent three months there, from mid-January to mid-April), and if any of you freelancers are thinking of doing something like this, it’s a good time to share what we learned from it. 

To refresh your memory: because we’re both self-employed, my husband and I decided we would finally take advantage of this, and spend the worst part of our cold, wet winter somewhere warm and sunny. Besides warmth and sunshine, we had two more criteria: 1) it should be a place we’ve never been before and present some fun challenges, and 2) be gay-friendly. (That last one is pretty damn big, when you consider being gay in many places means imprisonment or even death. Kinda cuts down on options.) Thus, we ended up choosing Buenos Aires. 

If you’re thinking of doing the same, here’s a small list of things I learned which I’d like to pass on to you: 

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luclatulippe:

Is working from home better or worse than commuting to a crowded office? It all depends what aspect of it you’re looking at, but this episode of Freakonomics (one of my favourite podcasts) discusses a few interesting facts about something we freelancers have known for a long time. 

(via Freakonomics » There’s Cake in the Breakroom! A New Marketplace Podcast)

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luclatulippe:

And we figured out that 95 percent of designers that have ever lived are alive right now.” So how did he arrive at such a number? His father, a true scientist, would not stop until they had a quantifiable figure in their hands and, together, they had worked out the numbers using data provided by Berman’s many professional associations.
— words & image by David Berman
Assuming this figure is relatively the same for illustrators & cartoonists—meaning, there are 20x more people doing the same work as you, as there were a generation ago—I’m curious; how does this figure make you feel? Optimistic? Terrified of the competition? Dispirited?

How do you feel about having 20x more competition in your field than you may have had 30 years ago?

luclatulippe:

And we figured out that 95 percent of designers that have ever lived are alive right now.” So how did he arrive at such a number? His father, a true scientist, would not stop until they had a quantifiable figure in their hands and, together, they had worked out the numbers using data provided by Berman’s many professional associations.

— words & image by David Berman

Assuming this figure is relatively the same for illustrators & cartoonists—meaning, there are 20x more people doing the same work as you, as there were a generation ago—I’m curious; how does this figure make you feel? Optimistic? Terrified of the competition? Dispirited?

How do you feel about having 20x more competition in your field than you may have had 30 years ago?

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According to the Edmonton Journal, “editorial cartoons by the Journal’s Malcolm Mayes attract more page views than any other piece of content on the website.” So why don’t publishers put their cartoonists’ work front and centre online? Although editors vary in temperament, editorial cartooning seems to be endured rather than encouraged by management. Perhaps one problem is that the political sentiments of the average Canadian caricaturist lie somewhere between Stéphane Dion and Jane Fonda, while the editorial position of many Canadian newspapers ranges somewhere between Barbara Amiel and Genghis Khan.
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Given today’s political and economic climate, what should be the purpose of the contemporary editorial cartoon? “Foremost – a means of dissent,” Dan Murphy replied by email. “States, corporations, institutional political parties have big budgets for promotions, can erect big PR statues to try to legitimize their vision. A political cartoon is graffiti around the base of those statues. The wittier, the funnier – the more memorable, the more powerful.”
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As of late July, [political cartoonist] Dave Rosen has spent almost a month looking for work in his field, while maintaining his blog (www.takeoutallthewords.blogspot.ca). “In that time, I have confirmed for myself the sad truth that no one wants to pay for editorial cartoons anymore,” he tells CG. “The websites I’ve approached simply won’t pay. They want free content, unfortunately because of precedents set by freelance writers who use the sites primarily for self-promotion.
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Dear Pro Illustrators: How Much Do You Earn Per Hour?

Typo corrected! Quel honte! Thanks!

Typo corrected! Quel honte! Thanks!

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My art studio

gregpizzoli:

I might have shared this before, but here it is again. www.gregpizzoli.com

Greg Pizzoli shares shots of his studio space.

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luclatulippe:

So, you’ve been illustrating for over 15 years…
How about sharing your thoughts, experiences, stories, and advice with the younger illustrators out there?
How have things changed since you started?
Do you still mostly work with the same clients? 
How do you keep your work fresh? 
Are you considering a career-change of any kind?
Do you maintain side-projects? 
How do you see the future of your career?

luclatulippe:

So, you’ve been illustrating for over 15 years…

How about sharing your thoughts, experiences, stories, and advice with the younger illustrators out there?

  • How have things changed since you started?
  • Do you still mostly work with the same clients? 
  • How do you keep your work fresh? 
  • Are you considering a career-change of any kind?
  • Do you maintain side-projects? 
  • How do you see the future of your career?

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Man Bartlett: "$," A Document.

wnyc:

manbartlett:


(view the document here)

So in keeping with my thoughts from yesterday about finances, I’ve decided to follow through on a tweet from last night and make my finances public.

Thank you to everyone who sent me private messages relating your stories. They were helpful and inspiring.

Artist Man Bartlett has created the public Google Doc “$” that shows his income and expenses.

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OS X Lion - App Compatibility Grid

luclatulippe:

Hey Mac folks: this handy chart (and you can also view it in “table” mode.. just click the tab on the far right of the page) helps you understand if OS X Lion will work with your current desktop apps… including the beasts from Adobe. 

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Christoph Niemann: Short Deadlines Make You Think Straight :: Articles :: The 99 Percent

I love Christoph’s work too.