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The Adaptive Freelancer

Are you a freelancer or are you looking to pick up some extra cash with a project or two on the side? It’s not easy living as a freelance artist as it forces you to adapt to new subject matters, themes, projects, and styles. One job may want a horror themed board game while the next is a bubbly and cute phone case. Freelancing jobs are always evolving from one to the next and you gotta stay on your toes to keep up with it.

In this tutorial I go over a recent job I was given with CG Cookie on creating a custom coffee bag cover illustration. I have never worked in this type of medium before or have ever done jobs with food packaging. This didn’t deter me from wanting to do the job but I have to go into it with a little more preparation and knowledge. So in this tutorial, I will cover those type of questions you should be asking, and what to prepare for as the artist.


You should also be aware of the amount of edits, re-dos, throwaways, additional work, and time that will have to be invested in a project like this and to be mentally prepared for changes. Never become too attached to your work when doing a freelance project. Let it be as fluid and versatile as possible so that way you end with the best results!

My goal is this:  I want you to recognize the difficulties and frustrations that can come with freelancing and knowing how to avoid them, as well as how to present yourself in person and create a powerful online presence. Persistence and Tenacity are key when on the hunt to land a job in this industry, whether you are an in-house concept artist or a traveling freelancer.


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  • Replies: 1

    Thank you for this! I feel that being adaptive, somewhat disassociated, unashamed to look up tutorials and determined to finish applies generally to the learning process. Be willing to show unfinished or unsatisfying work, receive feedback, ask questions, stick with it, and importantly, define and reach a finishing point.

    7 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      That is absolutely true. Sometimes it can be rough figuring out how to be adaptive but it pays off in the general learning process!

      5 months ago

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