I think I may have already said this multiple times for other posts, but this is really and truly the most important thing I have to say.
VALUE YOUR WORK.
So what do I mean by this? Well I am actually attempting to cover a couple of different bases with this single heading so let me dive in!
I might sound a bit harsh, but let's examine the facts shall we?
You would never ask a surgeon to work for free would you? How about your dentist? Now I know you are over there with that how-dare-you-compare-artists-to-surgeons look on your face, but I want you to take a look around the area you are right now and tell me exactly how many items around you were created without the use of art. Without the use of designers, architects, sculptors, graphic artists, technical artists etc. I dare you. Go.
So why do artists in the animation/gaming industry always seem to get the short end of the stick? Well I can tell you it's because a lot of people don't take us seriously. We are a goofy bunch of people who aren't all necessarily mathematically-inclined or interested in the business aspect of things. This is why, as important as it is to be a great artist first, you need to also brush up on the technical side of things or you will find people taking advantage of you.
Anyway, that was a bit of a long one hehe, but I think you get the idea! See you next post!
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a character designer in the animation industry!
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