WORKING FOR THE FAN
As a freelancer I've always made a good living working for whatever company that is in need of my services. You're always on a bit of a roller coaster as good times and bad times come and go. But whatever the job, you are always adjusting your work to the needs of the client. As long as the pay is good, the people you work with are pleasant, and the work isn't too weird, it's not a bad way to make a living.
Working on your own personal projects is much more rewarding, but the pay is usually very little. And while you are always hoping that whatever creation of yours that you are working on will bring you fame and fortune, the real motivating factor is that you are doing exactly what interests you.
The one job that is a bit of a crossover between the two is drawing commissions for fans. I try to keep my prices on this work as reasonable as possible, since these folks are the true patrons of my art. While they are often specific in what they want, they tend to let you work in your own direction, and certainly at your own pace. And the fact that they are laying out there own hard-earned money for the artwork is the ultimate compliment for me.
True, there are occasional difficult ones, but I assume these people are the folks who will eventually wind up being either an art director or an editor. And I've rarely had the problem of doing something for a discounted price, only to see it up on e-bay soon after.
So here are a few examples of some of the commissions I've had over the years. You're my favorite
people to work for, so never hesitate to drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
There a many more of these on my flicker site: