March 20th, 2013

My love letter to freelancers

by Terri Libenson

Let me preface by saying, “I’ve been there.” Not to the extent that these poor, talented designers have been, but I’ve had a good taste of it. Some of these comic strip ideas I’ve referenced, some I’ve experienced. And as I’ve heard more and more…some of you have been there, too…a LOT.

The graphic design/illustration/advertising freelance biz can be rewarding. It can also be a nightmare. I’m still amazed by the scamming, finagling, and general ignorance of some of the clients. Of course, most people are fair and courteous. But the bad stuff happens enough that it presents itself as…well…comic material.

Goodness knows I do enough parent-related strips, so this series, of course, was a nice break. I’m sure there’s enough material to do more in the future. For now, I think I got it out of my system.

In the meantime, clientele, do your designers a favor. Remember that they, too, need to make a living and don’t do anything for free — including illustrating that children’s book your sister-in-law just wrote. Okay? Please?

Thanks!

 

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