To my fellow artists, creatives, illustrators, and concept designers,
Do not work for less than minimum wage.
Companies like Fantasy Flight Games ask artists to do a fully painted illustration and sign away nearly all rights to that piece for just $100. That is rude, disgraceful, and downright wrong. We need to bring this to light so it can stop.
For a company pulling in tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually, surely they are capable of paying their freelance artists a reasonable rate.
$100, assuming the average artist will take around 15 hours to complete the work (factoring in communication, research, revisions, actual painting, and invoicing), will earn the artist somewhere around $7/hour, less than the current US federal minimum wage.
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Art Camp is here.
I'm extremely excited to launch a brand new Art Camp today.
In addition to the first Art Camp program that has already helped hundreds of students, there's now Art Camp 2: an alternate track of material with a similar focus on honing your fundamental art skills. You don't need to take Art Camp 1 before you take 2. You can even sign up for both at the same time.
A couple of the new features in Art Camp include a private forum and a host of professional artists giving regular critiques (Sean Murray, Randy Gallegos, Tristan Elwell, and Adam Paquette, to name a few). I can't tell you how excited I am to get started.
As always, I really appreciate it if you share and tell your friends about Art Camp. After you register you'll have access to an affiliate program I've set up. Refer friends to Art Camp with your referral url and get $25 for each person that signs up.
Art Camp starts May 21. Registration opens today.
Let's learn together.
Last week I purchased a Yiynova MSP19U, a 19″ pressure-sensitive tablet monitor. After the fantastic review by Frenden this tablet monitor has gotten a lot of internet attention. Wacom has utterly dominated the field, leaving little room for competitors. But there's a new kid on the block.
The MSP19U is a worthy competitor. It's not perfect. But it's darn good.
It's not the greatest presentation. If you're looking for a slick, Apple-like packaging… look elsewhere. All you'll get here is simple instructions with more Engrish than you can shake a stick at.
The device itself is great. It's sturdy, well-constructed and has a nice screen on it. It's more lightweight and portable than any Cintiq I've used. I was quite comfortable sitting on my bed with this thing in my lap. I'm pretty sure a Cintiq would have crushed my pelvis.
I like the colors better than any Cintiq I've used. I've found Cintiqs to have unusually dull colors (even when calibrated). The MSP19U is bright and vibrant. It leans a bit cool in color (and a tad light) out of the box, but nothing a little calibration can't fix.
The surface is glassy smooth. Personally, I like this better than the faux-grit that a lot of current Wacom tablets have. If you really want to put some grit on the screen, you can always add a screen protector.
There are no buttons on the device. Word has it that the next generation device they're producing will have them, but this one didn't. I'm ok with that. I've never used the buttons on my Intuos and I don't have any need to start. I prefer key commands on my keyboard—they're faster and more reliable.
The viewing angles aren't great. But I find when working on a tablet monitor you're more likely to be looking directly at it than at a traditional monitor.
The drivers are a bit problematic and the software interface is kinda ugly. But not a big deal. I was able to get it working quickly. And once you get it working there's little need to touch the software again. I do wish I had more customization on the pressure-sensitivity, but I'm sure that will come as the company improves their software.
It's not a flawless piece of hardware, but I absolutely love this thing. And I haven't even mentioned the price: at $600, this is a steal. To get a Wacom product of similar quality, you'd be looking at 2-4x that price.
I'm not going to tell you that the Yiynova MSP19U is better than a Wacom Cintiq. But I will tell you that it's every bit as good. If you're in the market for a tablet monitor and prefer to not spend money for the sake of spending money, buy one of these. You won't regret it.
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