Monday, October 23, 2006
The Year Two
Potraits of friends
*ramblings, some thought and complaint*
It had been 2 years since the day i started doing arts as a hobby ( or career) . That's really very fast!!!I'm still the same old amateur artist. I have to label myself as a amateur artist as i'm the least popular among my group (4playz). I don't get much commission works neither was my works ever got published in magazine before .
For the past 2 years, i always been wanting to quit doing arts (as a career or even as a hobby)because it's really hard to survive just as a full-time illustrator here (in Singapore). Especially with the kind of character i had, as i always tend to wait for people to approach me instead which i know is not a very "wise choice." Beside that ,I alway feel that i cannot accomplish the tasking given by the customers , i have negative thought and have no confidence with myself and my skill.
Other than that , is selling my works overseas. I had rejected a number of requests due to some unpleasant encounter i had before .It was really a very bad experience as the project was dragged for almost 7 months , my designs was printed , sold and i was not even informed. It was only lately ,after i complaint to them ,then i get a contract from them which says " Please sign here and sent back to me!"
So far , i have not get any things from them yet. I mean ain't i supposed to get pay on the royality and a 4 monthly report on the sale of my design? The chinese have a good say " The mountain is high and the emperor is far 山高，皇帝远 ", i would not know anythings about everythings ( the design, the sales , the company).The way i see professional people handle things in a unprofessional ways , it just make me feel so scared and sick. It is a must, to earn from taking risk, i wonder?It is really about no risk , no gain?
I'm just an artist, an amateur one , i do need to survive . If we could be more co-operative, be thoughtful and considerate for others. That will definitely make the industry , the world , a better and a happy one. I think.... ( i always wanted to blog about this bad experience, really :D)
a) Get your works paid and get a contract signed before sending out your works
b) Always consult the "old birds" ( experience's people) if in doubts
I guess that about all i have to say. I still love arts , love to do illustration that is why i'm still around. :D
May Picasso be with you , always!