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February 27


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If you are an artist or want to be one, especially if you want to get into the VFX industry, you should watch this:…

It touches on a few things I feel are important to understand as an artist and even as consumers of art:

1.) Art is not an exact science. It can be difficult to put a price tag on it, let alone the often very complicated processes of making it.

2.) Computers are tools that facilitate our work but they DO NOT do the work for us.

3.) Don't get into this industry for the money. If you go into this line of work, you do it because you love it. If someone happens to get lucky or has a really great idea and he/she hits it big, GREAT! Good for him/her. But don't go in expecting that to happen to you. Chances are it won't. If you are lucky, you will find a nice middleclass job you can support yourself and your family on for a while...... until....

4.) Unfortunately, a lot of employers see artists as disposable. When they no longer need you, they will kick you to the curb and forget about you. As far as I know, that's pretty standard practice. Be prepared when the big deadlines come in because that's when you're most likely to get the boot.  

5.) This work is not easy. There will be nights when you are sleeping under your desk or not sleeping at all. Sure, you're not having bullets fired at you or anything but there will be 100hr work weeks and you may not see the outside of your cubicle for a long, long time.

Anyway.... I could go on and on. The video makes all my points for me and more poignantly at that. There were several points at which I teared up, maybe because it hits close to home.
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OddworldianPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very well put. I go to  a school specialising in game art, and the first thing they say is: "artists are disposable. Make sure you're the most valuable artist there because there's a line miles long right outside the door of people waiting to replace you".
I'm really fuckin sick of people in my school trying to make money. I understand they need to feed themselves etc, but as a student that ain't gonna happen for a while and they need to be in it for the pure passion or they will never be happy. They would be making more money at a desk job RIGHT NOW and I wish they would all go and piss off to some office so I'm jot stuck doing teamwork with a bunch of dimwits doing it just for the qualifications >.>
jredwolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
It's funny that you post this.  In August I just completed my degree in computer animation and visual effects.

Due to the continuing turmoil in the VFX industry (and some other stuff that's a bit more personal) I find I'm not even using the aforementioned degree.

Some years of practice and maybe I'll end up taking on a project or two as a freelancer, I guess.
BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I freelanced 3D for a while.... it's not easy. :\
jredwolf Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
Mmn, no.  I've yet to get hired on anything (lack of a fat portfolio and experience, methinks mainly). 

Truth be told, I went through the degree to try and gain the skills and knowledge to complete a personal project (my "Star Wars" (or Avatar, or whatever) if you will).  What I realized is that I'd end up being another Rhythm and Hughes, though... because to complete it, I would need a team of roughly 50-75 people... and There's No Way In Hell that I'd put together a team like that and not pay 'em.  Not to mention I'm an idea guy... not a producer. ... but I rather doubt my project would make the kind of mind-boggling money that those other two franchises have/will.

By the way... I don't know if its set up as such that I can specifically hunt someone down to hire them, rather than their asinine bidding process, but do you have a profile on ODesk?  Should I ever try to get some my-story-universe artwork done, (there's always a first step in there somewhere, right?)... I'd probably go through them  to commission you on that (Because they would allow me to pay hourly and not just some stupid fixed amount.  ... though I imagine a commission here could have an agreed-upon hourly rate as well should you open them up again.  OR I might just name drop you on occasion *wink and nod* to a few friends I have in the industry (who all tried to warn me, and I didn't listen).

Note: I'm not dropping the hourly thing just because of the topic of this post -- it's actually why I rarely ever buy commissions, because I'll pay a deposit, ask the artist (upon completion) how many hours they put in (or, realistically think they did) and then drop $20-30 an hour on 'em.  Obviously that gets mind-boggling expensive pretty quick on some things.
BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I see and no, I don't even know what ODesk is. I'd say never give up on your dreams but sometimes, it can help to make them more realistic by shearing and pruning here and there. ^__^; Believe me, I've had to do plenty of sheering and pruning in my lifetime. :\
jredwolf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
ODesk (if you didn't already look it up yourself) is a website based around creative careers freelancing.  It has its good points, but it seems like a handful of really well established artists pretty much sandbag everyone else for the high-paying work... and people devolve in to under-bidding wars on most everything else. (isn't that life though?)
Zhon890 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oDesk is actually a really great platform for Freelancers.  I make the entirety of my living on it with 2D art and writing.  There is a *huge* market for 3D artists on there.  Depending on where you live and what your cost of living is, the money can be fantastic.
BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oooooh really? So is it like Elance where you have to bid for jobs? I found that kind of obnoxious. :\
Zhon890 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, it is.  Bidding is kind of annoying but I got used to it.  Most clients are okay with negotiation on the price though.
leopatra-lionfur Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Thanks for pointing this out. Now I know what I am not going to focus on in the near future :P
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