Freelance Graphic Artist Online Professional Related Roles: Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Concept Artist, Architectural Rendering Artist, Storyboarding Artist, Cartoonist, Character Designer, T-Shirt Designer
Why find a Freelance Graphic Artist Online Professional?
A Freelance Graphic Artist Online Professional is a multidisciplinary expert in the field of art and design; with many paths that must be walked to acquire the necessary tools and experiences to become successful at the job. As you may know, I am a freelance illustrator and graphic artist and have done all kinds of artwork for many international and local businesses who were searching for a freelance graphic artist online, and many of them were unaware of the particulars of what we do. So by the end of this article, you will know what a graphic art professional does, how to identify one, why it’s essential to the success of your business, how to find the best freelancer, and why you should find a top freelance graphic artist online professional if you want to outsource your project. So I invite you to dive into this subject with me and let us explore.
Table of Contents
- What is a Freelance Graphic Artist Online Professional?
- What Does a Freelance Graphic Artist Online Professional Do?
- Where Does a Graphic Artist Online Professional Work On Projects? Local or Freelance?
- How Is The Graphic Art Work Created? Free-Hand Traditional or Computer Digital Art?
- Why find Freelance Graphic Artist Professionals online?
- What Is It Like Being A Graphic Art Freelancer?
- Words to Remember
- Further Reading
- Want to Hire a Graphic Art Professional?
- Related Creative Roles
What is a Freelance Graphic Artist Online Professional?
A graphic artist is a visual artist or illustrator whose purpose is pure artistic expression. The graphic arts have been practiced for thousands of years since the Egyptian culture used graphic drawings and symbols, or hieroglyphics. Although, the purpose of the graphical arts remains, its display mediums have continued to evolve into methods such as calligraphy, typography, printmaking, screen-printing, photography, drawing and painting, to 2D digital graphics, or 3D computer-generated images. They will direct their attention into the representational (or figurative) forms of art creation, and concentrate on recognizable or real subject matter, or something derived from reality in their work, such as people, events, objects, scenes, and environments.
What Does a Freelance Graphic Artist Online Professional Do?
A Graphic Artist and Graphic Designer are different, though they are often mentioned interchangeably, mainly because they require many of the same skills, knowledge, and software applications to do the work. A graphic artist is more similar to an illustrator or concept artist, than a graphic designer. If we examine the forms of graphic art that are available, we will find that most images typically involve characters and places as the common denominator. So whenever a client has approached me with the phrase “I need a graphic artwork,” I also found that they involve a character or environment as the subject matter and end up hiring me for one or more of the following services:
- Character Design & Cartoon Characters
- Mascot Logos
- Architectural Renovation Renderings
- Portraits or Caricatures
- T-Shirt Graphics
- Conceptual Art & Industrial Designing
- Children’s Books
- Cover Art Painting for Book, Novel, Musical Album or MP3 Single
As mentioned before, a freelance graphic artist online (a good one) should have bankable design skills to help their clients or employers present the final material in an attractive manner. Yes, you should enlist our graphics art talents to create beautiful scenes and amazing character design for your projects, but once we produce your core subject matter, then the next question is: How do you plan to present the material? I try to inform all of my clients that the presentation surrounding, propping up, or driving your subject matter greatly contributes and influences your sales process, so there will need to be some talk on strategy and tactics on creating well designed layouts for your customers and how to best design and pitch a presentation for investors. Those are just some of the questions I always ask people during our consultation call before I sign onto a new project because you need to consider how you’re going to present what we create together in a compelling way:
Will the artwork be displayed in book format, pdf document, lookbook, blog, magazine, video, website, app, or something else?
If so, then we will need to figure out what you will need to tailor your project assignment to what you’re going to need to help you reach your goals. Well-established and thriving graphic artists really take pride in presentation, and that’s what you want to be a part of when you hire a freelance artist, because we can design creative layouts for promotional posters, marketing mailers, covers, brochures, flyers, books, and magazines to improve how we can display your characters, industrial tech, and environments.
So when hiring an graphics artist online you must remember that their strongest skill-set is in illustration and fine art, but many of us are also designers who can bring added value and talent to your graphic design projects.
How Is The Graphic Art Work Created? Free-Hand Traditional or Computer Digital Art?
Graphic art at the commercial level has shifted to mostly digital art, it’s just better for business for both the creative professional and the art buyer. We are in the Internet age where businesses must adapt to the signs of the times, and the sign is that consumers, employers, and clients expect to click a few buttons, scroll down a few pages, and type in a few words on search engines to get top rated services, products, and information, and that will constitute their research. Most people want the best and they want it fast! So I made the move over to the digital arts, even though I was trained traditionally, because I started to see companies who were becoming less interested in waiting for the paint to dry and interested even less in waiting for an artist to package up and ship out the artwork, which they wouldn’t receive for another 1-2 weeks. Those days are pretty much gone. But was not a bad thing for me – now I am able to provide an even richer experience for my customers than ever before and offer an even closer collaboration to a client who might be on the other side of the continent or other side of the world, so that’s pretty awesome!
Many of you may have never worked with a digital graphics artists before, and I’ve seen many who believe that this is all about mouse clicking, filters, and 3D Modeling – but I can assure you that I didn’t have to throw out any of my traditional drawing and painting techniques at all. The digital medium has evolved into using touch screens tablets and pressure sensitivity pens that are so awesome and complimentary, that I’m able apply my traditional techniques and subtle hand movements using this digital art technology with a 98% success rate. Its just like drawing on bristol paper or painting on canvas cloth. Here are 5 more reasons I’ve chosen to build a business around computer digital art:
- Broad Range of Tools. Physical tools are amazing inventions to wield, but they are subjected to wear and tear the more you use them. A software program offers us a broad range of tools to render our work. I use to agree with people who mentioned that computer art isn’t a sufficient substitute for real world drawing or painting, but all that was silenced when the touch-screens and pressure sensitivity ‘pen‘ tools were introduced like the 24HD Wacom tablet, which I own along with the Wacom Companion II. Priceless.
- Cheaper Overhead. My art is completely digital now, but I remember vividly making an almost daily trip to the art supply store to stock up on tiny paint tubes, erasers, graphite pencils, or new brushes just paint one or two artworks, then I would have to reload again. It wasn’t cheap at all. That can be very costly over a long period, especially when those tiny oil paint-tubes (the ones with the best consistency and texture), will usually run you $80+ per color tube. I’d imagine that is one of the reasons why the ‘starving artist’ folklore was so pervasive, because an artist would spend a fortune on expensive supplies and maintenance.
- Clean. The number one reason is more room and more space. You’ll need a basement or a really big closet to house the mountain of supplies. The second reason is cleanliness i was practicing with traditional mediums and working through all the classes in my first year of art school training, I would drip and swipe paint on every surface but the on the canvas it seemed. By the time I was finished, I had two paintings, the first was a product of clumsy aim where I thoroughly painted my face, clothes, and desk. And the second was a pretty good canvas painting. I love the smell of pushing an oil soaked paintbrush across canvas fabric, but I do enjoy the clean space of pushing pixels a little bit more.
- Fast Delivery and Easy Shipping. I started my business a few years after digital art became an accepted form of media. Although many of the ‘old school’ methods of art-making are still valuable and acceptable amongst the average consumer and admirer of the arts, it just isn’t pragmatic media for large companies or small to medium sized businesses any longer – the reason is simple. Speed. Every client (corporate or entrepreneur) who has outsourced me my creative services has always had an interest in speed of creation and delivery. The creation as I discussed earlier is more effective, inexpensive, cleaner, faster in delivery, but the shipping part is even easier. Do you have Internet, Email, Phone, and maybe even an online cloud account with Dropbox? Then the shipping of your custom art can be easily delivered in seconds; instead of waiting days for the paint to dry and then another week for the postman to come to your doorstep.
- Revisions. I understand a buyer is hiring me to interpret their ideas into professional quality artwork that will be customized to their approval. It is that interpretation that will always yield a nuance, whether that nuance is progressive or subtractive – it requires communication between the artist and the purchaser to talk about how certain elements of the work will need to be revised. They may want to manipulate small things or big things like, manipulate the figures or shapes, change placement, move things from the foreground to the background, reimagine or redesign, then an artist needs to be able to make those revisions efficiently. It’s just how human beings are wired, I’ve seen the most descriptive concept briefs imaginable, but when a client sees your finished drawing on paper there will always be revisions on some level because now their thoughts are materialized into something ‘tangible’ – and there will always be brand-new things to consider like, new inspirations, new references to better convey their ideas, and maybe even new problems that will need to be handled. With that said, it is a heck of a lot easier to make changes to work in the digital media with undo keys and managing layers than in traditional formats where it might take you days or weeks to repaint to even the smallest adjustment. That is why customers choose me as their partner so they can use my professional ability and know-how to help them interpret their ideas and style in an amazing fashion.
Words to remember