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Quigleyer472 karma

How common are conscientious objectors in Finland?

How long is the military service?

Quigleyer198 karma

I work in freelance, here's my work. My income is almost entirely commission and in my field it's shamefully work for hire until the cows come home, however:

A few times I've wound up with the copyright to the cover of a product that hit it big and the client set up for himself a semi exclusive deal- I can sell the copyright to the same people he has sold the rights to the game to. This game has been made into two or three languages other than English now and every time I have to make a deal for the rights for those people to use it.

I know how to write the contracts, I cannot figure out what the appropriate value to sell them is. What does an expert on freelance consider here?

I was so desperate one time I tried to contact Ralph Horsley to see if he'd help a nobody, but alas...

Quigleyer49 karma

I'm a freelance illustrator creating illustrations for people who work predominately in pen and paper roleplaying games, but I work almost exclusively for an ebook Amazon self-published guy right now painting concepts for monsters and aliens for his books.

Work for hire is "shameful" because I went to school with people who were trying to teach me to be an editorial illustrator and they would always say, "never do work for hire." I know, funny- right? Like who were they working for they didn't have to deal with that? (And the fact they all said that and then I left school without the knowledge of how to answer this question is double-funny).

Thanks for looking at this, I know it's weird and nuanced and you're not the first nor last I've asked. I'll figure this out...

I'm not necessarily trying to build a passive income, I'm past my eyeballs in work at the moment and love riding the commission wave. Truth be told I honestly was not even aware I had the copyright to the piece in question until someone e-mailed me, having gotten my contact from the publisher, to try and buy the copyright.

Quigleyer28 karma

Hey there, if you'd like some other stuff to try this is completely free and works surprisingly well:

http://pixologic.com/sculptris/

This is also free, very good program- but sadly it does work best with other hardware (pen pressure tablet of some kind):

https://krita.org/en/

Both of those things simply require a skill that you can learn by doing it. It might not be your thing, but in my opinion these specific skills can lead to much joy and fulfillment, though generally it's escapism.

Quigleyer5 karma

Yeah- work for hire isn't bad, I've found. I honestly wasn't sure what the perception in other industries was, I find "artsy" folks are really serious about keeping copyright while I like actually working for people under their art direction. I didn't mean to speak poorly of the practice.

Do you folks do the opaque pricing thing as well? I find in the "nerd niche" there's a wall between artists and clients, but that little groups of artists tend to be very open about their rates among each other. It's kind of funny- in school they straight up told me explicitly to never openly post my rates...