Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Value of a Dollar. Is your Worth measured by It?

Comic Books and the making of them is passionate for me. Yes I derive much pleasure from storytelling and art. The whole process is enjoyable. I have goals and one of them is to be more efficient with photo-shop and digital rendering and proofing. I will always draw whether I get a paycheck or not. I took 10 years off completely from art while I was sowing my oats in my twenties. But deep down I was miserable and living a life that was headed no where morally, spiritually, physically, mentally, or emotionally. I will always publish. But the question occurred to me about Time and Effort and in turn consideration for such time and effort. I now understand the value of a dollar and how it is determined. It takes me 12 hours roughly to complete a penciled 11*17 comic board page. Even getting paid a minimum of $10.00 an hour would equal a commission of $120.00 not considering time for sketching and thumb-nailing and brainstorming. The whole thought process that goes into a script or story or page is 'time-consuming'. My time is valuable. My most valuable asset is my family. I think an artist should be paid for time 'away from his/her family.'

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