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Finally, right?

I was gonna summarize this, but I need a good mini rant.

So I think in one of my previous journals, I mentioned I was having some issues with the guy who hired me to do his book illustrations. Basically, I had done 14 illustrations for the childrens book he wrote, but had given him a completely wrong price estimate (300$ for ALL the illustrations, wth was I thinking). So I told him that I was sorry, but I couldn't sell my work for so little. Even though they had already been completed. So I asked for a more proper illustration fee (no royalties, and for full rights D: ) and there was some arguing and hissy fitting and I honestly would have rather let them go unused, and told him he could go pay some illustration contract house the same amount I was asking for work of lesser quality. SO finally we got it all settled and agreed upon and everything seemed.. BETTER.

So blahblah, sending all the files to the publishing house. He emails asking if they had all been sent.. And I hesitantly said yes. SO glad this ordeal was finally over.

And then.. I didn't hear a THING from him for TWO MONTHS after saying that the files were all sent. I of course, was concerned, sent a couple emails over those couple of months asking about the progress, and eventually the payment, which I was really looking forward too. He hadn't said a word to me OR my mother (she bought her great danes from him, so they kept in touch). Obviously He was ripping me off right?

Apparently not?!?
So I get this pissed off email from him, yes, a whole two months later after not a SINGLE email or call, saying he had been in the hospital all that time and couldn't let me know, and he was pissed at ME for sending him emails about the the payment. Shame on me for not knowing these things, and pff. Like you cant call or email in a hospital.

Anyways. He did his pissy little rant, said the book was already published and for sale and that the check was on its way.

Morals of this story, relationships between an author and illustrator are very important, and getting stuck working with someone who doesn't understand anything about what you do or how to communicate properly will usually result in a bad experience. Don't undersell your artwork, it takes a longass time to do, and you should be paid accordingly. And most importantly, research your freakin rights as an artist, so you don't get some janky, suspicious looking contract to sign.

OI. I'm SO glad it's all over and i'm actually going to get paid though. I know a lot of people don't get so lucky with their first illustration experience.  I'm assuming I dont even get a free copy of the book, so I'm not going to link to it just yet. But somewhere out there, Colonel art is in book form!

AND NOW. I'm going to just start writing and illustrating my own childrens books in my spare time, because I hate people and I can do a better job by myself C: Nyah.

ALTHOUGH UGH. I am not an illustrator. So what the heck am I even doing childrens books for. MUST.. ANIMATE..
I feel so bad, its been like.. almost a year since I touched Gatordog :/ Its ssooo close, just needs another few months of revisions and then I'm gonna pay some minions to clean it up and color and fjkls;jfkls. So depressing!

I've been having an amazing time poking around and living off commissions, which is incredible because student loans have the strength to snap a human neck at any moment. But this really sucks :/ So sick of drawing dogs. Time to get back into animation, cause I realizeddd thats what I really love doing! And storyboarding.. AWH MAN. Today was definitely one of those.. "what the hell am I doing with my life" sort of days. Its so depressing D: There's SO much I want to do, so many projects and films and bleh. Where do you even start?

Going to get my portfolio and reel tidied up and sent around hopefully soon, might have some of you animation savvy DA folk help me polish it of, if anyone is interested :o Gotta gets me a job!

And there you have it! A tiny update. Yep. Carryon.

Dog/sim art account: :iconcolonels-corner:
Random gatordog account: :icongatordog:
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TobiasAmaranth Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
So many comments, I can't really contribute anything extra. But yay for animation, I'm still happy with the piece you did for me and, while I do wish they could have been fully complete, I'm thankful that you worked with me at all. You've gotten really popular and I can only smile that you took an interest in my idea. ^_^
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
You are like the most magically timed person, I was JUST thinking about those animations I did. err.. attempted. I think I might definitely have to give it another try though!
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TobiasAmaranth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Magical timing, eh? XD I do sometimes have luck like that. Just to confirm it with my memory but I -did- actually send you a giant box of magic commons and possibly even some uncommons, yes?

I still find the concept of frame reuse to be highly entertaining. With selective tweaks / variations and branching paths, it's like a game inside of a fixed animation. |D Glad you enjoy the subject matter, as well. And incomplete or not, I still like them. *smiles*
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sanctuary-meadow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well most of that sounded pretty good, stressful and annoying but good! It's good to find what it is you really want in life, or what you think you want. I find it hard to know anything that I really want. I feel I live quite aimlessly and day to day.
But I'm glad you have sorted a well detailed goal! and I know you could reach it!

It would be cool to get a copy of your illustrative book!!!!

Keep at it Serene! ♥ :hug:

Best line:
"AND NOW. I'm going to just start writing and illustrating my own childrens books in my spare time, because I hate people and I can do a better job by myself C: Nyah."
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Haha definitely what I think I want, but yepp, anything is possible, I guess!
Thanks!

:D
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sanctuary-meadow Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: Welcome!
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Paws-for-a-Moment Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
If I may: I would think being in the hospital counts for something. It's a stressful experience period, so heading home and seeing e-mails of "progress," "progress," "progress" most likely set him off. He isn't in the right dumping on you, but he probably wasn't thinking rationally. He might not have had access to phone or e-mail either. For all anyone knew he could have been knocking on death's door.

From this experience, there was an anomaly not even normal in the business world. My first animation job I wasn't able to work on payment because Superstorm Sandy knocked power from my house for six days. I don't think my client knew if anything happened to me, but she was pretty patient and I eventually got paid. Just saying for that specific event (hospital) there should be a little understanding toward the client. I guess I'm looking at it from a different perspective.
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Oh I'm well aware, but I also know his publlishing house had contact with him, so he wasnt without any form of communication, and he could have mentioned that he'd be out in the hospital, as it was a planned surgery. In any case, its over now, and I hopefully wont have to deal with that anymore.
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MottoMadness Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's cool to hear your art is out there in some book! But he sounds like such a jerk ;; Ugh, I would hate to deal with that, glad it's over!
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LiimLsan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Everyone knows that cell phones give you cancer. Why would they allow one in a hospital then?
But yeah, fucks to him for acting like you were in the wrong for trying to goddamn contact him.
And seriously, do the people who use those wage scales ever draw? Iuppiter! Do they think the mark of an artist is how fast she can shit it out? Have they ever actually tried working like that on that wage scale? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MORONS! It's "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis" for a goddamn reason.

The fact that I completed two sequences from scratch this morning could mean less that I'm fast and more that I'm trying to be intentionally a little too punk (Shrinking characters, background wobbles, vague lines, Chiniquy overdose). I'm wishing you all the luck for the Gatordog scenes. (Hey, you ever tried that "12 a day" thing? Would that help?)

I might need some spare cash in college... if I have a tablet or something inkworthy I may offer to help out on the Gatordog end. ^^ The hand-drawn animation system was based 90% on [link] via Bray, and requires a few creative jobs and a steady, large supply of underlings, made for maximum studio efficiency. Now we both love the medium for what it can do and what's been done before, but let's not kid the unfortunate need for assorted morlocks and underlings. (Nota bene that in the countries with strong unions, hand-drawn usually depends on subsidies, and the absence of subsidies in that case is death for the industry without 1990s profits.)
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