Mood: Not Impressed
Listening to: Handel
Reading: Tenjo Tenge
Respond in the comments before continuing reading, please.
The other day some guy sent me a message requesting to work together with me on a manga. He said, "Hey, man, I like your art, maybe we could work together!" and of course I was like, "Sure, if you can show me the premise of your story I suppose we could come to an agreement. Guess this goes without saying but I wouldn't do it for free, of course." His response was hilarious, "Money money money, everyone's after money, there's nobody who does it for the love of art anymore."
Well, of course I would draw for the money, think about it for a moment.
Love for art will not pay the bills, and the role of the artist in the creation of a comic or manga is heavy duty. There's the storyboard, every single line must be put down after a long consideration of how it should be put down. No panel goes without thought, because art is so vast and endless, there are so many possibilities and deciding the best is often very difficult and even time consuming. Then come the pencils, unlike the storyboard, the sketches for the page must be neat, careful and as precise as possible for the artist. Then comes the inking, one of the most time consuming parts of creating comic or manga art if we include backgrounds, movement lines, those little details all over the place. Shading or screen toning, sometimes even coloring, adding dialogue, onomatopoeia, finishing touches, etc. It is definitely more tiresome and time-consuming than sitting on your ass and type stuff (and I know because I do BOTH, and while I put more responsibility in the storytelling aspect of a comic or manga to predict its success, being blunt and honest, it's less aggravating to write what's on your mind than drawing it). Every page can take a range of time from 6 to 12 hours, depending on the amount of detail and how the "trial and error" process goes. This takes away time and opportunity to hang out with friends, go to college, do homework, and, of course, WORK. Be honest, would you sacrifice so much for free just to put on paper what's in the mind of someone else? How will you keep drawing if you don't have a house? How do you scan and edit the pages if you haven't paid for the electric bill? How will you draw if your stomach keeps growling and you're starting to get dizzy? Thus even if I were a millionaire, I would still do it for the money, if ever did I do it since by being a millionaire there would be no need for me to even think of that, because it's not only the time, resources and effort, but also the dream. The desire to be the artist I want to be to become the artist YOU WANT ME TO BE.
So yeah, I do it 100% for the money. However, it is not the drawing aspect what I'm charging for, but for everything I said previously. I draw a lot, I love drawing a lot, hell, I PAY TO DRAW. I buy paper, pens, pencils, picture editing software, scanner, rulers, brushes, markers, paints, etc. Whether I get paid or not, I will keep on drawing. It's sacrificing the ability to draw WHAT I WANT in order to draw what YOU want what I charge for, and trust me, my dreams, desires, effort, time and, of course, rent, bills, car and materials, ARE PRETTY DAMN EXPENSIVE. I am actually at a rate of $90 dollars per page if someone wants to work with me, and that's putting myself at a starving wage of $9.00 USD per hour. That's me depreciating my own effort, time, skill and dreams (I could earn a lot more working in a call center, imagine that), because I'm sacrificing so much of myself, giving away so much of my life, for a pathetic $9.00 dollars for every hour I contributing to back pain, the heat of the lamp under which I work and weight gain due to lack of movement and exercise.
Think about that a couple of minutes before ever asking an artist to draw for you for free ever again. Have some consideration for the artist's humanity and dignity, and most of all, have some DAMNED COMMON SENSE.
I've spoken my mind,