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

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

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 YOU think it’s a great idea.  But how do you get others to think your idea is great idea? How do you get a publisher behind you?  THE...

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

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

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 for free? This reminded me of a great piece I read years ago.  It had made its’ way around craigslist, as it was a response to an ad seeking...

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

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 storyboard artist and it would be most helpful if you could answer some quick questions about working as a storyboard artist and illustrator and how to find...

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

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    “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 René Gruau stuff ( they’re dead ) or when their budget doesn’t allow for a Jason Brooks or a Jordi La Banda ( they’re expensive,...

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

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | 4 comments

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 your creative brain into overdrive. If this sounds like you, you’re not...

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Wayne Haag: The Gorgeous Matte Paintings that Made Lord of the Rings and Fifth Element Feel Real

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

This man makes me want to work more in visual effects-  Wayne Haag made The Gorgeous Matte Paintings that Made Lord of the Rings and Fifth Element Feel Real – Take a look at them here on...

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How to Get a Job in Fashion Illustration and Make Money!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

How to Get a Job in Fashion Illustration and Make Money!

From the Catwalk to the Red Carpet, FASHION is everywhere. And if you can draw, and you love fashion, then a job in fashion illustration can be yours. But how do you get started? What kind of jobs are there?  Fashion illustration, more than any other media arts field, requires a self starter. I always have great gigs, freelance and full time posted on my job site ( click the link and scroll down -) And yes you can work at home ( if that’s your style). Finding an internship or job in fashion illustration is a challenge, but not...

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How to Get a Job in Video Game Design and Win!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Uncategorized | 4 comments

How many bosses must you kill to score a gig in video game design? Just one.  The one that will hire you! And trust me, I do contract work with Electronic Arts in Los Angeles, and video game company culture is a blast.  The bigger studios call themselves “campuses” and working on-site is a great experience, between collaborating with amazing artists, producers, animators and writers, as well as enjoying the perks, like free passes to E3 (while getting paid to be there)  or using the campus amenities, like the cafes and gyms or...

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Want to be a Freelance Illustrator? Or a Freelance Designer? Getting an Agent can really Boost your Career.

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Want to be a Freelance Illustrator? Or a Freelance Designer?  Getting an Agent can really Boost your Career.

Want to know how to get an Illustration agent? Recent art school grads know it can be difficult for an illustrator starting out on their own to gain access to the most desirable clients.  Meanwhile agents are able to promote you and your work to the best art buyers, ad agencies, production companies and creative directors in the industry. For freelance illustrators and designers, having representation from a professional agent can open doors to new clients, jumping your career to the next level. Not only can agents find you better, more...

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Who Needs a Little Black Dress? Three Reasons Why You Do!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

I’m sharing this from one of my other blogging sites-  I love to write about fashion 🙂 This image is inspired by the great David Downton Who Needs a Little Black Dress? Three Reasons Why You Do Renee Reeser Zelnick, Yahoo Contributor Network The LBD is a timeless classic. Every gal over sixteen simply must have this chic go-to garment in their closet. It always looks good and you can wear one every day if you want to! The little black dress is available in so many styles: long sleeved, cap sleeved, Off the shoulder, one...

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