Posted 5 days ago
alexlikesdesign:

Spec work being a hot button issue in our community recently afforded Dan Cassaro a swell of support when he publicly turned down Showtime’s offer of unpaid work. But despite the growing backlash against accepting projects without compensation, designers are content to remain silent about clients who refuse or systematically stall payment after a project is completed. While it remains important for members of our community to reject spec work invitations, we must also warn one another of those who leave contracts unfulfilled, turning what was legitimate work into a form of unpaid spec work.With that said, the potential for this post to be misconstrued as bitter or angry is nearly infinite, and I’m afraid future partnerships may be jeopardized by writing it. However, after talking it over with multiple colleagues and researching similar scenarios, I’ve decided at the end of the day, I have to do what I feel is right.If you are a designer or illustrator, I would advise against working with Tumblr.I have been, and continue to be, an ardent supporter of their platform, having personally hosted Games Designed, Future 52, and my own blog on Tumblr for years. When they contacted me in January, I was ecstatic to work with them on their collaboration with Axe and Yahoo! Sports to celebrate the Super Bowl. However, that excitement has given way to exasperation in the seven months since that I have gone unpaid. I won’t quote any dialogue with tumblr’s employees, as I acknowledge and respect that our conversations were had in confidence. Furthermore, I just want to say that I don’t hold any ill-will toward the employees that I’ve spoken with, as I believe they have had nothing but good intentions. The problem lies not with them, but with the broken system they are working within. That said, here is a brief summation of the events that have transpired:• Today is August 26th. My original invoice is 136 days past due.• My wife (who handles my invoicing) and I have exchanged 49 emails with five different tumblr employees over a period of six months.• I have received four different payment timelines, ranging from “This week” in March,  to “Within a 60 day period” in July. Last week, a PO was issued, which should guarantee me payment within the next 60 days.• I have submitted two invoices and I have signed up as a Yahoo! vendor twice.• Tumblr employees have apologized 10 times for the delayed payment.• Tumblr sent me a very nice thank you card when the project was wrapped. (I’m not being sarcastic of facetious, it was very thoughtful of them and I wish more clients sent follow-up cards like that.)After six months of back and forth, in an attempt to find a contact within the company that might help me navigate the labyrinth, I reached out to a number of other freelancers who have worked with Tumblr. Of the six contacted, four have also gone unpaid for a considerable amount of time. All, including those who were eventually paid, experienced the same difficulties my wife and I have been wading through for months. This is what propelled me to write this post.Make no mistake: Tumblr’s service has allowed clients to discover my work, helped me find new projects and offered me the chance to share my output with thousands. It’s for these reasons that I love Tumblr and am also incredibly disheartened by the professional disrespect my colleagues and I have received from them. They should not be asking for work from artists if there is no infrastructure in place to pay them within a reasonable period of time.This issue is something Tumblr needs to address internally; a company that values art and the creative community should be prioritizing compensation and the respectful treatment of the people it works with. In the mean time, I encourage the creative community to be more open with one another about clients that leave invoices unpaid, and avoid those clients that act in such a manner. If we don’t respect ourselves, how can we ask for respect from our clients?By Alex Griendling / Blog / Twitter

alexlikesdesign:

Spec work being a hot button issue in our community recently afforded Dan Cassaro a swell of support when he publicly turned down Showtime’s offer of unpaid work. But despite the growing backlash against accepting projects without compensation, designers are content to remain silent about clients who refuse or systematically stall payment after a project is completed. While it remains important for members of our community to reject spec work invitations, we must also warn one another of those who leave contracts unfulfilled, turning what was legitimate work into a form of unpaid spec work.

With that said, the potential for this post to be misconstrued as bitter or angry is nearly infinite, and I’m afraid future partnerships may be jeopardized by writing it. However, after talking it over with multiple colleagues and researching similar scenarios, I’ve decided at the end of the day, I have to do what I feel is right.

If you are a designer or illustrator, I would advise against working with Tumblr.

I have been, and continue to be, an ardent supporter of their platform, having personally hosted Games Designed, Future 52, and my own blog on Tumblr for years. When they contacted me in January, I was ecstatic to work with them on their collaboration with Axe and Yahoo! Sports to celebrate the Super Bowl. However, that excitement has given way to exasperation in the seven months since that I have gone unpaid. I won’t quote any dialogue with tumblr’s employees, as I acknowledge and respect that our conversations were had in confidence. Furthermore, I just want to say that I don’t hold any ill-will toward the employees that I’ve spoken with, as I believe they have had nothing but good intentions. The problem lies not with them, but with the broken system they are working within. That said, here is a brief summation of the events that have transpired:

• Today is August 26th. My original invoice is 136 days past due.

• My wife (who handles my invoicing) and I have exchanged 49 emails with five different tumblr employees over a period of six months.

• I have received four different payment timelines, ranging from “This week” in March,  to “Within a 60 day period” in July. Last week, a PO was issued, which should guarantee me payment within the next 60 days.

• I have submitted two invoices and I have signed up as a Yahoo! vendor twice.

• Tumblr employees have apologized 10 times for the delayed payment.

• Tumblr sent me a very nice thank you card when the project was wrapped. (I’m not being sarcastic of facetious, it was very thoughtful of them and I wish more clients sent follow-up cards like that.)

After six months of back and forth, in an attempt to find a contact within the company that might help me navigate the labyrinth, I reached out to a number of other freelancers who have worked with Tumblr. Of the six contacted, four have also gone unpaid for a considerable amount of time. All, including those who were eventually paid, experienced the same difficulties my wife and I have been wading through for months. This is what propelled me to write this post.

Make no mistake: Tumblr’s service has allowed clients to discover my work, helped me find new projects and offered me the chance to share my output with thousands. It’s for these reasons that I love Tumblr and am also incredibly disheartened by the professional disrespect my colleagues and I have received from them. They should not be asking for work from artists if there is no infrastructure in place to pay them within a reasonable period of time.

This issue is something Tumblr needs to address internally; a company that values art and the creative community should be prioritizing compensation and the respectful treatment of the people it works with. In the mean time, I encourage the creative community to be more open with one another about clients that leave invoices unpaid, and avoid those clients that act in such a manner. If we don’t respect ourselves, how can we ask for respect from our clients?

By Alex Griendling / Blog / Twitter

Posted 5 days ago

fyeahadventuretime:


Picked up on my adventure time fragment illustrations again. Jake the dog!

Done in illustrator cs6 time roughly one hour

brandoncohendesign.com

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Posted 5 days ago

Just realized I never actually posted a full set of the first part of this Adventure Time series I did. Better late than never, also plugged in the newer version of Finn I just completed. 

To those who have liked and reblogged any of the images, thank you for enjoying and sharing my work with the rest of the tumblr community. 

etsy

Posted 6 days ago

Justice

So the other day I posted another one of those adventure time illustrations here, but shared it on reddit the day after. Sure enough this ass who’s blog consists of reddit posts with zero credit to the user who posts the content or links to the original posts it to their blog….(again; happened like 8 or more times).

Thankfully the lovely people at tumblr support came through, and the blogger is finally banned. No more posting work without giving proper credit, it’s bad karma. Doing that harms the creator. Especially in cases like mine where it’s a means to help promote myself and drive traffic to my blog.

Sweet sweet justice, although I know this user will now just start another blog, their "fan-base" is now back to zero. While I’m all about the openness of sharing that is the idea of places like tumblr, or reddit or just the internet as a whole, it makes a world of difference if you credit the actual creator of the work rather than just take it for your own promotion.

How hard is it to just hit the damn reblog button anyways…

Posted 1 week ago

Comparison of where the illustration has started and where is has ended. Very happy with how this turned out, and it’s crazy to see how radically different they look.

Check out all the posters on my etsy the updated finn will be added shortly

Posted 1 week ago

Finally finished! Really happy with how this turned out. If you’re seeing these or the first time check out the first (guess I never posted on my blog) and second part of the series.

Etsy

Posted 1 week ago

It’s pronounced Chowdah! Chowdah!

Posted 1 week ago

The 12 day simpsons marathon is quite possibly the best thing since sliced bread.

Posted 1 week ago

Bored, just fooling around in illustrator trying to get some creativity flowing.

Posted 2 weeks ago
pants are mostly done

pants are mostly done