Posts by Renee Reeser Zelnick

How to Get a Job in the Comic Book Industry: The Pitch and the Log Line

So you want to get paid to write and/or draw comics? As a freelance storyboard and sequential artist, I’ve done my share of comic books. And as a creative freelancer, I also strongly believe the ownership of one’s own skill set, projects and intellectual property.  If you’re a self-starter, writing and drawing your own comic book or graphic novel is a great idea. Well, at least...

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Should Artists Work for Free? Protect Our Industry and Protect Yourself

Should Artists Work for Free? Protect Our Industry and Protect Yourself

Even If You’re Still A Student, Charge the Client Something. While Charity is admirable reason to give of your time and efforts, business is another thing. Young aspiring artists have been asking me this lately. Yes, when you’re a recent art school grad, it can be tough to get that portfolio together.  It can be even tougher to land that first job or assignment.  But should you work...

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Animation Student Asks: How to Get a Job as a Storyboard Artist, Character Designer and Illustrator

I love getting letters from art students all over the globe, aspiring to reach their career goals.  This week’s mailbag brought me a lovely letter from the UK and I thought I’d share it as this week’s blog entry: Dear Renee, I am currently studying on an animation degree at the University of the West of England. I am most interested in becoming a character designer and...

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Inspiration or Knock Off? When does inspiration become Sin-spiration?

    “When your artwork or style is copied by another, do you get angry?  Or do you view it as influencing the world with your art?” The above question was asked by Maria Brophy, in her blog on mariabrophy.com When I’m booked as a comp artist and pre-production artist, I’m hired to mimic other styles all the time. People look me up when they want Lichtenstein, or...

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Work as a Freelance Artist, Be Your Own Boss and Create Your Own Dream Job!

You’re an artist. That means you always think outside the box—in fact, you kicked the box to the curb. You color outside the lines because boundaries don’t fit into your world. You believe that life shouldn’t begin or end in a cubicle. But it absolutely can happen in a coffee shop, in your pj’s (although most coffee places prefer you get dressed first), or any place or time that turns...

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