Q: What's your opinion on make a game without pay with friends? I am not a fan of "work for exposure" either but if you're part of the creation of the project what do you think?

I would still be careful with that. I’ve heard from others that even a good friend can be the absolute worst person to work with when it comes to fiscal responsibility and reliability. The thing is, no matter what, you are entering a business arrangement, and such a commitment should be held sacred regardless of emotional ups and downs (which will happen in a business venture).

However, some people just aren’t suited for those kind of management responsibilities (which you must have in some capacity if you’re starting any kind of business with others), even if they’re the nicest people in the world. This is something you should ask yourself too, if you would be able to dedicate the time and energy to sticking to a schedule and getting the work done no matter what.

And other times, but way less often, people may abuse personal relationships to emotionally manipulate their team into doing most of the work while taking the same amount of credit. These people drag the project down and create resentment, killing the initial drive and excitement.

In any case, be very careful when and where you choose to commit your time and effort. Observe people closely, and try to imagine them leading a team or adhering to a schedule every week to gauge what it would be like to work them near daily. Are they reliable? Do they get their work done, and how well do they work with others? Even if they’re your friends, you cannot trust blind faith to guarantee a project’s success.

*And make sure you do the research on making a game to know what you’d be getting yourself into.


asked by teatimejess
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Q: Something I've been wondering. How come Pokemon are the one licensed thing you are allowed to draw?

Actually I just changed that in my TOS. I don’t think anyone would’ve really cared, since my work and Pokemon are so different that it’s unlikely there would be a conflict of interest. But to be safe, I’m no longer taking Pokemon commissions.


asked by listen-and-reflect
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Q: HOLY MOLY. I am illustrating a book about a polar bear right at this moment :O and your reference sheet is amaaazing oh my word. Thank you for sharing that! :)

I’m glad it helped! I figured I might as well share. Hopefully one day I’ll get to make another one. Best wishes on your book!


asked by avengersgonnaavenge
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Q: I absolutely love your art, and gosh DANG have you got the skills for literally everything. I am both in awe and jealous. Keep it up! I can't wait to see your game become a real one! I would totally play it!

Thank you! I’m still working on improving a lot of stuff like anatomy and painting, but I’m glad you enjoy my stuff. I dunno if the Sedna project will ever be a real game, but i definitely want to keep working on it on my own time.


asked by lishadra
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Q: Hello there. I'd like to ask for some advice, if that's okay. My brother recently told his friend that I could do art for a game he(the friend) is making. However, my brother is trying to push me to do it without payment of any kind, saying that the opportunity is better than whatever price I would charge. (I'm currently studying art in college, and would like to do concept art eventually). How would you recommend I approach this? Should I take the job without pay? Thank you for your time.

DO NOT TAKE THE JOB. And don’t let you brother, or any family or friend, bully you into doing ANY work for free. Sorry if I’m coming off a bit rabid; I’ve had to deal with this sort of thing many times and the outcome is never worth the feeling of having been used and cheated. I hate to see it happen to others, and I get really agitated.

It is definitely not ok for your brother to promise your services to someone else so freely. It’s like promising a free surgery to a friend because your sister happens to be a surgeon. Concept art, along with any other visual discipline like illustration and animation, is a PROFESSION and must be treated with respect. If someone can’t respect you enough to pay for your expertise and training (with MONEY) for a project they plan on SELLING or DISTRIBUTING, they don’t deserve so much as a second of your time. In fact anything less that offering to pay you up front (unless a studio is contracting you, in which case you are capable of suing if they don’t pay you) is a blatant INSULT. It doesn’t matter if they’re your brother, grandma, or whatever. You dedicate a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears into honing your craft; it is not something any one else can lay claim to based on mere association.

I also want to get one point across most of all: You are not studying to become a concept artist SOMEDAY, you are studying to improve the skills you ALREAY HAVE. Conduct yourself as a working professional RIGHT NOW, and demand that others treat you with respect. If they can’t offer you pay, a contract, or even reliable references, you’re more likely to damage your reputation and embarrass yourself that get any “future opportunities”. Also, look to people working in the industry as your competition (not your school peers), and a guide for how how to conduct yourself when it comes to art and business (like James Paick, Ben Mauro, Jaime Jones). Even if you’re not at their level yet, treat yourself with and demand the same respect you would afford them. That is the first necessary step to becoming a professional artist in any discipline.

Tempers and angry outbursts aside, I STRONGLY recommend that you FIRMLY DECLINE the offer. Refuse to deal with them at all, as they have already shown how little they respect you. If they won’t pay you now, they certainly won’t pay you later. Move on, and keep working at your craft. As long you never stop, you WILL find opportunities. Just be wary of cons like this, and never feel guilty about preserving your professional integrity.

The Joker says all of this much more succinctly.


asked by cheshiresmoon
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Q: I really love your owlcats and was wondering if it's ok to use them in my (totally unpublished, just-for-fun) story as a critter that lives in the tundra/taiga of my fantasy world, and is also the emblem of one of the countries.

I’m flattered that you like the owlcats so much, but I would rather you didn’t use them for any world building or roleplay. Since I own the rights to the design, I need to control how they’re used so I can protect myself down the road. Thank you for asking first, and I appreciate your understanding!


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