January 2009

Get important stuff tattooed on your body…

by ncwinters on January 18, 2009

…that or like, you know, remember stuff.

Creative License #3 was a fun direction. This is where I want to keep this comic strip headed- in a creative, design oriented silly direction. I try to keep all my comic strips very separate so none of them step on the toes of any other comic, both artistically or content-wise. I say ‘all’ instead of ‘both’ because a new comic strip is on its way, scheduled to debut next week (or so). Stay tuned for more of that. It’s a bit unfortunate that creattica.com doesn’t seem to have the readership of freelanceswitch.com as I had fun designing the look of Creative License. Don’t get me wrong, Freelance Freedom has its own fun unique look, but CL has a simpler more pleasant color scheme, or at least that was my goal. Idaknow, I always like the stuff no one else seems to like. I always had the image in my head that the character in CL would end up covered in the lamest tattoos ever by the end of the strip, but I didn’t want to draw them in every week. Becasue I am lazy. Enjoy.


Creative License #3


You get what you pay for…

by ncwinters on January 17, 2009

…unless you’re paying crap, and I try not to deliver crap.

Freelance Freedom #5, ah how you were a powerful venting of the spleen. This was in the height of our first few months in California, and I was working freelance full time for the first time. Needless to say, it was stressful, and I was on countless job boards, guru.com, craigslist and various other terrible ideas for freelancing. Not to totally dig on these specific two sites (even though I just did) but you really have to accept that 90% of it is going to be unreasonable demands for work for very little pay. Unfortunately, this is because young, fresh out of school designers are caught up in wanting to “build a portfolio” or “getting exposure” so badly that they’ll sell their skills for pennies just to have a chance to shine. While building a portfolio is important, and everyone needs to start somewhere, the important thing to realize is that it tends to poison the whole industry and many start to think that’s how designers work across the board. I would love nothing better than to load up on tons of small jobs and show my stuff, my the reality is that bills, debt, a mortgage, family and in general, life costs money.


I’ll get off my soapbox now and let you enjoy the comic. The halftone screen is making a comeback and it looks like I’m finally starting to get Freelance Guy to his final look. The chin is still a little weak, but the hair is the right length (at least for now). Also, a note: Freelance Guy is not necessarily supposed to be me specifically, though the comic is of course based around my experiences. In general Freelance Guy is taller, more successful and better with clients than I am. I also again, sadly do not own bunny slippers. Enjoy.


Freelance Freedom #5

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It’s not a nightmare…

by ncwinters on January 16, 2009

…it’s your day job.

Freelance Freedom #4 is a fun piece of fiction describing the nightmares of Freelance Guy. Have I mentioned that the main character is named Freelance Guy yet? Well that’s his name, you’ll find out why later. This comic was also a fun exercise in creating a gag with almost no text. This happens to be one of my favorite comics I’ve done, complete with two of my most favoritest panels ever. Panels two and three for some reason came out top notch, in my opinion. Don’t take it as conceit, as once I’m done with a comic strip (or any piece of art for that matter) I usually only see the errors. This seems to be the case with a lot of fellow artist friends out there. Some kind of masochistic streak or something. Panel two specifically is one of the best studies of depth I’ve ever done, especially for this comic. I think the more recent comics have “flattened out” pretty heavily and only focus on the foreground. I may have to take this into consideration and step it up in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out, and hold me to it. I also notice that I wasn’t using the halftone pattern very much in the beginning. Enjoy.


Freelance Freedom #4