Artist Needed

This seems to be the biggest challenge facing an aspiring comic book writer – locating an artist to illustrate your work who is available, and whose style suits both your tastes and writing/genre. There seems to be a few avenues I’ve located so far (Digital Webbing and PencilJack mainly) where artist and writers can hook up. But a lot of these artists ask for payment before they’ll agree to be part of the creative process. For a new creator like myself, this seems a fairly risky. Basically, I’d be paying for something that, in all likelihood, won’t be published. For me, at the place I am in my writing career, is simply too much give for not enough return.

What, or who, I’d like to meet would be an aspiring artist for was willing to have a look at my material and see what they can make out of it. This way, we both get the practice we need to hopefully go to be published. But the difficulties in finding that one person would be similar to the proverbial needle in a haystack. I’m sure they are out there, it’s just a matter of finding them.

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4 thoughts on “Artist Needed

  1. Your negativity about paying artists hit me. I am a professional. I don’t work on spec. On spec is an ancient practice of doing mockups in hopes of making the sale. In this economy, a sale means cash up front. Good luck from a grump.

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    • Darth Stinty says:

      I understand what you’re saying – why should an artist work for no pay? A completely fair question. And sorry to appear negative. The post was meant to convey the difficulties in a new writer (one who does not understand the business) attempting to get noticed in the comic book industry.

      I propose a scenario – say I pay an artist to do some mock ups for my work. They get paid, they do the work. What happens if, when I receive the artwork, it’s not what I want? Even if I review the artists previous works and enjoy them, there is a chance that what I receive will not be what I want. Maybe that will be the artists fault, maybe I failed to convey my instructions adequately. They have been paid, I have lost out.

      This is probably just a reality of the business. I don’t know. I am completely new to all of this. I guess I imagine there are artists out in a similar position to me, looking to break into the industry, to take a chance and have a look. Unfortunately, I don’t get paid to write. My career hasn’t (if it ever does) reach that stage yet. So, paying someone else to work on something I don’t get paid for is difficult. And risky.

      I guess what I am trying to say in my own rambling way is that I don’t know what I’m doing or what I should be doing in order to further my writing career. Taking on a new job is always going to be risky (I haven’t quit my job for a ‘possible’ career writing, I’m not that mad yet), so maybe I need to get used to the idea of taking a risk and commission an artist to draw something up for me. Convincing the wife that the expense may be worth it though could be another matter completely.

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  2. Reblogged this on Martha Keim-St. Louis' blog and commented:
    young fellow wants free art. Not from me, but maybe someone else?

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  3. Cedrick Lui says:

    I understand the frustration. Artists don’t come cheap, and it can be really difficult to learn and become a better comic book writer when you don’t have experience collaborating or know what the words you write will look like in pane-form.

    As another aspiring writer, I should just let you know how I’ve learned to view it. Artists do the majority of the work. This is true. I spend a lot of time writing, thinking about, and revising drafts, but I will not delude myself into thinking they don’t do more work at the end of the day.

    Also, we are writers, and there are about 10 of us for every artist out there. If you don’t take a risk or save up money or put the work in networking, then you will just be another writer with no work to show. Trust me, there are lots of those. If you don’t sacrifice time, effort and money, then there are lots of others that do and will drown you out. Sorry, just how it is.

    Personally, I paid an artist for enough to do a submission (about 5-6 pages) and worked out a deal if it got picked up by a publisher. If it didn’t work, then yes, I’d be out a few hundred dollars, but thems the breaks.

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