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Freelance illustration can be a great additional source of income, but how to pursue it? What about creating or negotiating contracts? What are ethical practices for clients and creators? What is fair to expect from a large company verses a small indie publisher? Robin Childs (LeyLinesComic.com & MokoPress.com), Dawn Griffin (DawnGriffinStudios.com) and Chris Flick (CapesNBabes.com) are joined by much-missed Drezz Rodriguez (DrezzWorks.com) to talk about illustration work and how the time away has changed him. (The rumors were true…he wears pants now. We were shocked too.)
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As an example of what kinds of things a layman’s language contract can have, here’s a list of headers from Robin’s 2-page contracts:
- Contact info and names of both parties
- Summary: One sentence summarizing project including, size, rate, and purpose.
- Agreement: Details what each party is responsible for
- Project information: Summarizes what the project is, the service the artist will provide, and how the content will be used.
- Price and Payment Terms: How much the artist will be paid. How to invoice the company. When they will be paid. Other things like Rush Rates or partial payments, etc.
- Schedule: When the work starts and when it is due.
- Ownership and Independence: Work for hire terms. Intellectual property. Establishing artist as independent contractor (ie: freelance) vs employee.
- Liability and Legal Issues: Warranty, Assignability, Severability, Indemnification, Limitation of Liability, and Governing Law. IE: The legalese portion of the document.
- Acceptance of Agreement: Where people sign. Not valid until signed by both parties, and both parties should get a copy of the mutually signed document.
For other examples on writing simple, but binding, contracts:
- Freelance Graphic Design Contract from Your Freelance Career
- Designer Sample Contracts from Smashing Magazine
- “8 Contract Clauses You Should Never Freelance Without” Article