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Journal Entry: Wed Dec 30, 2009, 3:17 PM

    

    
Frequently Asked Questions
Hey guys! Up until now I've always maintained two versions of my FAQ - one here and one on my website. I've decided to stop updating this one and just refer you guys to the one on my site so that I don't have to edit both versions every time I update it!

So, for answers to frequently asked questions and tips & advice, please visit:








And of course, feel free to continue asking questions in the comments section below if they are not answered in the FAQ above!

Thanks for reading!


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:iconachael:
Achael Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel shy to say this but you're my Idol. I love your artworks and I hope will be like you someday >"< But I always wonder why you didn't put copyright on your artworks? I'm still new and have problem between putting copyright or not on my artwork. So I need opinion and advice from you. It's an honor!!! 
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
thanks so much! as for your question.. your work is automatically copyright to you if it's an original work by you. you don't have to explicitly state that in order for it to be true!
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Achael Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. thanks for the reply, its mean a lot to me especially from u. you're my inspiration >"<
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ThePetitePenguin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! First of all, your art is freaking incredible, its been my best source of inspiration recently. I love it. ^>^ I'm getting ready to start uploading art onto Deviantart, but I want my account to be interesting and eye catching, much like yours is. What I want to know, is how you made the little page that shows links, commission status, where you can buy prints, etc. It looks really great and is extremely efficient rather than just posting a simple link. How did you create it? :D
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Thanks so much!! I made the design in photoshop and scripted it using CSS and HTML, it's basically a journal header design :)
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GentlestGiant Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Did you contract to Intuos?


I thought I recognized your art on their boxes here in the U.S.?
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loish Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
i did!
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GentlestGiant Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
that's so cool!!! Good for you!!!!
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riyoko07 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi, Loish, I hope you have a good start to this coming 2016!!! Actually, i am in doubt whether should I post here or not because I am afraid of being snobbed! o.o btw I am from Philippines, and I had studied in an Art school too but haven't had the chance to finish it yet for some reasons. :O

so now, I  am trying to make ends meet by doing freelance works/commissions, mostly children's illustrations.
my question is, how do you price your work? Is it by how big the image is? Where will it be printed?
I have read alot of articles regarding this but I still don't know what should I follow? (I have only started taking commissions earlier this year so I am kind of a newbie XD )

just wanna ask how you deal with pricings with client so I will
have an idea, too. I hope you don't mind and also, your work is inspiring. I have been following you since i've saw your works on a facebook page!

regards
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
thanks for the compliments!! pricing is hard, because even if you decide on an amount that works for you, you still might have to negotiate with your client and change your price depending on how low you're willing to go. there's no absolute rules when it comes to pricing - you just need to find what works for you. just don't let yourself get ripped off or paid way less than you feel your time is worth!

things that are important for pricing are:
- how much do you think an hour of your time is worth? count up the hours you will put into the project and do the math :)
- consider costs of living, costs of maintaining your business (computer, tablet etc), and also the fact that you might have spent many years/lots of money on an education or learning to draw.
- are you keeping the rights to the art or does the client want the rights? the more they want from you, the higher the price should be.
- what will it be used for? limited use for a small-scale project is different than using an image for an international advertising campaign.
- what kind of client is it? a small indie publisher is different from a huge international company that will make a lot of money off of your work for them.

good luck!!
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riyoko07 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student General Artist
THANKYOU loish ! I really appreciate the time and effort you exerted just to answer questions!!!
Re the rights.. i'm kind of unsure how to deal with clients about it. I've been doing freelance for almost a year now but I must admit that I still don't use legal documents when working with clients. I get my clients mostly from the internet so basically, they're from other countries so I don't know anything about this. Do you have a specific document that you are sending to clients when you'work for them? regards
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loish Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
i get my clients mostly from the internet too! in general, it works this way: if you're not explicitly giving away/selling your rights, then the rights are yours. 

how I handle it is this: I ask them before getting started what they plan on using the artwork for, and ask them to describe this in as much detail as possible. so for example, if they want a book cover done: how big will it be, how much will the image be modified by the graphic designer who adds title/credits, how will i be credited, how many books will be printed with this cover, where will it be sold, will the cover image be used to promote the book, etc? if you're OK with their proposal, say that you're ok with the image being used WITHIN those parameters. that way, if they decide to use your artwork in more ways than they originally described (for example: a 2nd run of book prints), you can contact them and let them know that this wasn't what you agreed. (and the general rule for situations like these are: if the client uses your work in more ways than originally agreed, they need to pay extra.) ideally, once you've reached an agreement, you could put everything you guys agreed on in a document and sign it (so just sign, scan, send over to them, have them sign/scan it too). but they could also just verify it thru e-mail - as long as you have it in text, it should be ok. 

and basically if they want full rights to the image (as in: you make it, they take it and do WHATEVER they want with it), you should charge extra. this is called a buy-out fee and could range from 25-100% of the commission fee. most of the time, clients think they want all the rights to the image, but once they realize they have to pay extra, they're willing to be more specific about how they want to use the artwork and no longer want full rights.

hope that helps!
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FredsonV Featured By Owner Edited Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there!
I am thinking of going to the HKU myself and study animation ^^
Since you have gone to it as well, how would you describe your experience there? 
And was it a good/fun school? Did you learn a lot? 
Sorry if these are too many questions ;u;

I'm a big fan btw!
I hope to become nearly as good as you one day, you are a huge inspiration to me ;u;
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loish Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
thanks for the kind compliments by the way!! :]
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FredsonV Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! ^^
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loish Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
i went there about 10 years ago so a lot of things have probably changed since i last went there! i believe they have even changed buildings. my general experience was pretty disappointing to be honest. it wasn't very technical - i didn't learn anything about improving my drawing skills - and i felt like i had to teach myself most things.  i don't regret going but it completely did not live up to my expectations. it is one of the better options in the netherlands though.
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FredsonV Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh alrighty
That sounds pretty bad haha
Do you maybe have a suggestion for like a better school/option? ;u;
Also thank you so much for your answer ^^
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loish Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
hmmm, it depends! i went to KASK (in gent) before the HKU and it was a really good school for learning technical skills. but they are very judgy about styles, so if you have a style they don't like, it can be really hard to get the teachers to accept your vision. that's why i left - at the HKU i was free to do my own thing. i'm self-taught and do a lot of drawing in my free time so the freedom at the HKU was really good for me. i guess the things i did learn from the HKU were very valuable but just not what i expected from it when i signed up! 

i definitely recommend going to the open days of all animation programs in holland. just see what you get a good feeling about. it's been so long since i went to the HKU, maybe it's changed completely. if you go there and get a good feeling about the school, definitely give it a shot. don't base your choice too much on my negative ranting ^__^; 
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FredsonV Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay then ^^
Thank you so much and I will! :3
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katstieI Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I looked through your FAQ, but couldn't find the answer to this- sorry if I missed it ;o;

How did you make your profile? I love what you did with the hand drawn buttons. Is it just a matter of drawing/coding? Do you have a tutorial? o:
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
that's actually not in there! i drew it first in photoshop and then chopped it into a bunch of smaller images, then used css coding (basically aligning divs) to make it work as a journal design. i don't have a tutorial on that, sorry!
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katstieI Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay, thanks! id be interested if you ever did make a tutorial on it ^v^
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arashabedini Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
loish;hello

i'm fan; from Iran . what is the  first step to start learning Digital painting?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
you can find the answer to that here - loish.net/faq/ - under 4.1.1, 'getting started with digital art'! basically it boils down to getting familiar with the software and drawing quickly and intuitively before you delve into more complicated things. just try to use your digital canvas as you would a piece of paper with a pencil in front of you.
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arashabedini Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
thank you ... you are so kind
 your link was also helpful......
 

 
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Zearthus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
How's living in Netherlands like? Of course living expenses differs per person to person, but how much you think on average one needs to make in order to survive, and still have some funding left for saving etc.  

Reason I ask, here in Curacao, we still have the option to go to Netherlands without a problem (unless that changes),  since we somewhat still fall under Netherlands name even though we're half independent now.  SO yeah, what's living in Netherlands like?
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loish Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
that's a really tough one to answer! depends entirely on where you live and what kind of monthly costs you have. here in utrecht, living expenses are very high, particularly rent. my student rooms cost me on average 350+ euros a month, and apartments/houses/etc are verrrry expensive! cheaper options are available but they're not ideal - things like temporary housing, antikraak, putting yourself on the wait list for sociale huurwoning (took me and my partner 8 years to get a place). but if you go live in a calmer area outside of the 'randstad' that probably won't be the case. even areas like rotterdam and den haag aren't as bad for rent - utrecht and amsterdam are the worst :b

i think it just depends on your lifestyle and needs. you can use public transport instead of a car; shop at lidl and aldi instead of the albert heijn; never eat out or go out to save cash, etc. there are ways to live very cheaply if you need to. the minimum wage is € 1604,45 bruto a month, so i guess that's an indication of what you absolutely NEED to make. taxes factor in.. if you don't make very much you get certain tax benefits and 'toeslagen,' like zorgtoeslag and huurtoeslag, that can cut costs. average income - the 'modaal inkomen' - was around 1900/month bruto in 2013, i guess that's a good indication of what most people make and what is considered a reasonable monthly income with a bit of wiggle room. 

sorry i can't help you further! if you have any other questions let me know.. 
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Zearthus Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Oh no, don't worry. Every little bits of information helps, if anything, I'm thankful for your response :) 
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loish Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
no problem! if you do decide to come over here, i hope it goes well and that you have a great time!! just prepare for a depressing climate.. haha.
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:iconcollectinglove:
collectinglove Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Filmographer
hey Loish :)

Ik wou graag wat vragen over de HKU animatie opleiding, als dat goed is natuurlijk.
Ik begin volgend jaar aan deze opleiding (later kwam ik erachter dat jij dezelfde opleiding hebt gedaan ^^) en eerlijk gezegd ben ik best zenuwachtig, want ik weet niet wat ik kan verwachten...

Mijn vragen zijn:  wat heb jij ongeveer geleerd (in de lessen) op de opleiding en wat is jouw ervaring met de HKU animatie opleiding (goede/slechte punten)?

Ik hoop dat je deze vragen kunt beantwoorden, maar ik weet hoe druk je het hebt dus we wachten af.
Ik wou ook nog even zeggen dat al je kunst/tekeningen echt geweldig mooi zijn C: blijf er alsjeblieft nog lang mee door gaan!

C:
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loish Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
ik kan wel vertellen hoe het voor mij was, maar dit was al 10 jaar geleden :) ik begon in 2005. er is ondertussen zo veel veranderd op de HKU - ik betwijfel dat mijn ervaringen een indicatie geven van wat ze nu precies doen daar. eerste jaar was iig heel veel programmas leren en de technieken onder de knie krijgen (tvpaint, photoshop, etc), met veel kleine opdrachten. daarnaast de theoretische vakken semiotiek, flimgeschiedenis, etc.. wat ik super leuk vond. in de jaren daarna was de focus meer op groepsprojecten en animatie shorts maken, en papers schrijven die je werk ondersteunen. 
succes ermee! en dank voor de complimenten!
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collectinglove Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Filmographer
dankje ^^
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estellaDEE Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey loish,

I think you and your work are really great. I believe you're one of the few people who actually inspired me to sign up for DA, and work on digital art (not so long ago, I should say-- lol). 

I've been always been a traditional artist. Markers/inks/watercolor/etc, those were what I usually was using, before I finally decided to do digital. I just started honestly, this year. I hope you don't find it bothersome that I ask you a question. Well, it's just lately, for a few months now, I have been having this artist's block, and I wondered (because I listened to an interview of you) how you cope with that? I know everyone has a unique way of countering that, I was just wondering what snaps you out from that? I suppose, partly (and honestly speaking) it's because I get discouraged seeing other digital artists's works, and how amazing their work are-- yourself included. Don't get me wrong though, I am not envious nor do I blame you and other artists. I just feel hopeless sometimes, because I think I may have started late. Which I suppose leads me to my second question, do you think there is a time frame where one can be too old to actually get into the industry of digital art? We're probably of the same age, and although, I have been ok with traditional art (and I still do that every now and again), while it has it's own strengths, these days I am more compelled to do my artwork digitally. 

I'm sorry, I do know I sound sort of pathetic. But like I said, I may have started late with all these art thing. But I have always love doing art, I was just not fortunate enough to actually pursue it when I was younger, so I just did mostly traditional art, as a hobby. It would be amazing to hear anything from you. I know you're a busy person though so getting a reply from you would be such an honor. Anyways, in any case, I appreciate you much, because you really are such an inspiration, I mean I can't describe how much you made me want to learn to paint in PS. Just looking at your work and [trying to] understand it really somehow gives me hope that I can do this. 

Cheers and all the best!!!
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
i honestly don't think there's a moment where it's 'too late' to start with digital art, or any type of art for that matter.. there's always room to learn, grow, and develop your skills and style. as for breaking into the industry, i guess that depends on what direction you want to head in - i can only speak for being a freelance illustrator/animator. from my perspective, age generally doesn't matter - i work as a freelancer and people approach me purely on the basis of my portfolio, no client has ever inquired as to my age or when/where i learned to draw when deciding whether to hire me. experience does play a role - the longer i've worked as a freelancer, the better and more serious my clients are. being fresh out of art school and having a tiny CV had a lot to do with that, more so than age, i believe. outside of my own field, i can't say for sure! but i doubt that you 'starting late' is a deciding factor in whether your art career succeeds. there's no reason why it should stop you!

as for artist's block.. sometimes i'm out of ideas and inspiration but usually just forcing myself to keep drawing is what does the trick for me. if i can't come up with any ideas i just draw from reference until i get my 'flow' back. i try to avoid looking too much at other people's art when my mind is not ready for it - it can be overwhelming and discouraging. i think most artists have this when they are feeling down about their own work. it also helps me to make 'remakes' of older work, to see how my style has progressed and grown, which can be really encouraging. i never really 'snap' out of it though - i really gradually climb out of it and sink back into it at random points in my life. i just keep at it no matter what - i have to! it's my work :) 

thanks for all of the generous compliments! i hope this helped! 
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estellaDEE Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow!!! Thank you for your insights, and yes, they helped a lot. I truly (TRULY) appreciate them. And thank you for sharing your years of experience from someone who is just about to start *crossing my fingers*. 

Cheers!!! And more power to you. :)
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40crookedthieves Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
thank you for getting me motivated again :D
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buzbuster Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow....you really are cool loish I love all your work can I ask how you make the brush any brush turn from light to dark atoumaticaly
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loish Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
no idea unfortunately!
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buzbuster Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean like pen pressure because when I do it whit my mouse it doesn't work
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loish Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
oh! pen pressure isn't an option with mouse, since the mouse can't measure pressure. you will need a tablet to do that :)
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buzbuster Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dang thanks anyway love your art
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vt2000 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear that you also use Muro on one of your artwork and am I corrected?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
i used muro twice, yes!
here:
 
bettas and flowers in muro by loish

and here:

it's coming... by loish  
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vt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know that you do two artwork in Muro!!!!! and did you notice that this year, they start to have a several change on the brush they usually have in muro? how you did the coloring of her hair in muro?
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loish Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
i used the first version of muro, and haven't really done much since! so i'm not aware that they are changing things to be honest :) for the hair i just layered colors as i always do! 
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vt2000 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So, will you like to try them again future? and also, what is really matter when it come to doing artwork? artistic skill or tool you use? and what your thought on the first muro and the new "free" muro? lastly, why you like your artwork to not have a "rewatch" video on?
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loish Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
i don't know if i will be trying muro.. the problem is that the work that is made is very low-res! i prefer to work at a high resolution (at least a3 format) so that the artwork can be printed at high quality later on. 
I think artistic skill is more important than the tool. tools can make things happen easier and help bring the idea to life, but the skills are the foundation!
i don't know if 'rewatch' was an available option at the time that i drew this... in any case i can't remember such an option! 
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Zearthus Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2015
Always delightful to see on of your art pieces, keep been awesome and hope to see more of your art pieces! 
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kishintilla Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi Loish, I am a learning artist and i am doing graduation in painting...
first i want you to know that i am a great fan of yours, you inspire me -your palette your drawings sketches , graceful strokes everything.
what i like most about you is you share everything with us your techniques your experiences....etc..
you uplaoded many tutorials on drawings and colours...but i request you to upload one tutorial on landscape and lighting...as reference to the following scene.
your work- loish.deviantart.com/art/aquaf…
i will always be grateful to you.
waiting for an early response
Thanks
love.
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