Hi Corinne! I've seen your work here and there on tumblr and I like you're style! I recently ran across your page and saw that you do commissioned tattoo artwork for people... I have had requests for commissions but am having a hard time deciding how/what to charge people. Knowing that you are an artist who does this, I was just curious how you calculate a price for someone, or if you have any light you could shed on this here conundrum I'm in! I hope you're well and keep up the good work!
Hi Cody! First, let me say that your work is awesome and you definitely should be getting paid to draw designs up for people. With that said, my advise always is “charge what you think you’re worth”. Personally, I think I’m worth at least $25-$35 an hour. So I estimate how many hours a particular size and style of drawing usually takes me, and I quote a flat price for the design (anywhere from $75 to $300+). I also try to be reasonable and take into consideration that my client has to then pay a tattoo artist to actually do the tattoo, so sometimes I’ll try to work within a budget that’s fair for the both of us. But never undervalue your time and expertise. Artists have to spend a lot of time not only drawing up the actual piece, but we also invest effort into brainstorming ideas, exercising our creativity, and employing years of practiced craftsmanship. The clients who commission me are paying for a quality service, not just a finished product.
Hope this helps you out a bit! Best of luck with your art and tattooing!
Are you having any luck finding a good place to get prints made? Theres already a few of your designs I know i would buy as soon as there available ! :)
I haven’t done much shopping around and haven’t gotten any reliable recommendations from other artists. But I’m really hoping to find something soon and make some of my artwork available in the next few months. As always, suggestions and advice are appreciated!
I am slightly confused. Are you more upset with the fact that people are tattooing your work without acknowledging you, paying you, or both? Are you more upset with one or the other?
Both are relatively rude. But what upsets me is the mindset behind not acknowledging an artist for their creativity, or not paying one for their hardwork. To simply pluck something from the Internet like you own it and use it however you want is pretty disrespectful.
I think the confusion about why it makes me upset might be due to a confusion about what it is I do. Artists like Audrey Kawasaki and Sylvia Ji get their work tattooed all the time, so why shouldn’t I be just as thrilled that people want to use my art in the same manner? The difference is: those artists depend on the sale of their original paintings and prints to make money. I’m a freelance designer — the money that flows into my account depends on people hiring/commissioning me to design custom artwork for them (illustrations, album art, logos, t-shirts, tattoo designs, etc). If people just take my work for free, then I can’t make a living. Just the same as a tattoo artist wouldn’t be thrilled for you to take their design to get tattooed by another artist, I’m not stoked to find someone else got paid to use my artwork and I got nada.
With all of that being said, after tattoos of my artwork started showing up, I did start getting quite a few requests to design custom artwork for individuals that wanted their own designs drawn up. And I appreciate those clients more than they know. They valued me enough as an artist to not only pay for my work and support me, but wanted to be able to boast of an original piece by me. For that reason, I’m not too bummed when I find my work stolen, because I know there’s a lot more people who value my art and support me.
Hey Corinne! I haven't seen you in years! I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I think you're beautiful. I'd ask how you're doing, but judging by your career success, adorable relationship, and amazing beauty I'd say your doing very well. :)
Awh, this made my day. Thanks Mercedes! :) I hope you’re doing fantastic as well!
I'm currently studying design in college and one of the biggest problems I seem to have is that I don't have any friends interested in design so I can get stuck having to figure out problems I'm encountering on my own and because of this I was wondering do you ever look for help on projects from friends, forums, or some other medium while you're stuck? And if so, which is your preferred source of inspiration/help?
This has probably been the biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome in being a self-taught freelancer. Most everything I know, I’ve learned on my own, so anytime I don’t have the answers or I encounter a problem, I have to seek out other resources — mostly online. The lack of personal feedback can get kind of discouraging, so that’s why I acknowledge the benefits of going to school for design. You have access to professors, fellow students in your major, and other hands-on, face-to-face, personal resources that you can seek for guidance. My professors have usually been a huge help when I’m lacking inspiration or need a push in the right direction towards solving a problem with my work. I’m lucky enough that my best friend is also a designer and photographer, so we occationally help each other out. So take advantage of meeting people at school who are studying the same thing as you and put in the effort to develop relationships with other designers.
When interpersonal feedback isn’t available, I turn to my good friend, the Internet. Sites like deviantart.com, bandjob.com, dribbble.com, gigposters.com, mediaqueri.es, and many more are my go-to sites for inspiration when I’m stuck on a project.
It's a shame people remove the source or whatever from your work it's taken me AGES to find you and your work is absolutely amazing!
Tis a shame, but I’m glad you found me! :)
Hey! A tip if you’re searching for other artists — Go to Google image search, click the little camera icon next to the search, put in the image url of the artwork or upload it from your computer, then Google will find other places it’s located on the Internet, usually linking you to the original artist.
I'm currently doing a self portrait at the moment for uni but I'm wanting it to look like a tattoo design also. I was wondering if you could tell me what materials you used to do your self portrait with the wolf head? I'm always really nervous about using colour and usually just stick to black and grey but I'm going to take a shot at it! And your colouring is just perfect :) if you could help at all that woul be great, thank you :D
I’m absolutely terrified of using color. I bought a $70 box of Prismacolor pencils and didn’t open them for over a year. I bought watercolor paper a few months ago with intentions of painting one of my tattoo designs, and I’ve been avoiding it now for three months.
I honestly feel quite sorry for you for the amount of people that take your work and get it tattooed without asking. You're an amazing artist - one I can only aspire to be like one day - and you obviously put a lot of time and effort into each piece. I don't think most people take that into consideration when they get your peices tattooed without consulting you. Your work is fantastic and I think you deserve a bit more appreciation for being so talented!
Well thank you! Don’t feel sorry for me though, haha. I don’t think people are intentionally under-appreciating me, my art, or any other artists’ works for that matter. I think people genuinely believe that the images they reblog on Tumblr were spontaneously created out of thin air, so therefore there’s no talent for them to appreciate. — Feel sorry for them, haha.
I am madly in love with the image of the boy with the moustache! Do you mind people getting your images tattooed? He is exactly what i have been looking for, i wanted to know your thoughts first? Thanks for being so wonderfully gifted to have created him in the first place, i would never have found you artwork otherwise. Thanks kindly, Dandy :)
I don’t mind people getting that particular piece tattooed. I would love for you to keep in contact with me about it though and send me photos! :)
Hi, I have been following you since myspace in 2007 and have only just found you again on tumblr, I was wondering if you were able to upload your old work? Or if you don't want too where I can view it online as I no long have a myspace therefore cannot view the photos anymore. Hope you're well and had a good new years. x
Ha, I won’t even ask why you’re interested in seeing those awful old scenester photos. But you can find all my work, new and old, on stuckwithpins.deviantart.com
how do you feel about the people that get your work tattooed without your permission? because I've seen a few tumblr photos of different people with your designs, some the same. (so sorry if you've already answered this before). p.s keep up the amazing work.
I know I should be flattered (and believe me, I definitely am stoked that people like my work enough to have it permanently put on their bodies), but this entitled mentality of “Well I found it on the Internet, I should be able to use it however I want” is what bothers me. I consistently come across or have other people link me to photos of my work tattooed. Most of whom did not ask for permission and definitely never let me know after the fact. Maybe I’m just overreacting, but I think this is rude for numerous reasons.
1. Most of my pieces were created as birthday gifts for my friends, so it’s kind of rude that people just take them for themselves without even asking.
2. I design for a living (I’m not just an artist that makes art for the sake of art; most everything I create is commissioned), so I’m essentially losing money and business each time someone uses my work without permission. I had someone inquire about using one of my drawings for a tattoo but then they wanted all these changes made to it. I politely told them this is my job and I get paid to design so I wasn’t going to draw a new design for free, but that I’d gladly create a custom design if they were interested in commissioning me. To which they responded, “Okay, I’ll just have the tattoo artist change it then.” I was pretty offended. A lot of thought, time, and effort goes into making and thinking up the ideas for these designs and drawings. So to be willing to pay a (usually shitty) tattoo artist to trace it on your skin yet not be willing to pay or acknowledge the original artist for their time and creativity invested into the actual design is kind of backwards, in my opinion.
However, that’s how the Internet goes. And I’ve just learned to accept that people are going to take my work and use it however they please. It would just be nice to believe that people have the common courtesy to at least ask and/or let me know so I can, at the very, least see a picture of it… :/