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Ray Frenden
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My go-to drawing setup of late is probably not what you'd expect.

It's hard to argue with the efficiency of a BFT (big fucking tablet). Intuos Pro Large here. 
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BAHAHAHAHA!

Priceless...
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HOW DO I BECOME A FULL TIME FREELANCER?

A young, aspiring illustrator recently asked me how to become a full time freelancer. The answer is murky at best and provides no quick route to a stable career, but I’d like to think I learned a thing or two over the last fifteen-ish years that’s worth repeating.

I was lucky in that I started a blog before most folks were actively doing so. I posted a ton of work for at least five years before I got noticed from folks like Nike. It’s a numbers game. The more you put out into the ether, the better chance that the right people will see it.

Make a lot of work. Post it everywhere. Ev-er-y-where. Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, Youtube, Twitter, Reddit, group blogs, art forums, sites whose content needs align with your work’s subject matter, and your own site.

If shotgunning the work into the world is half the battle, networking is the second. You’ll get notice eventually if you keep pumping out work, but develop a peer group in the meantime. These co-illustrators are more likely to get you your first gigs than anything else. You can’t go wrong with meeting, knowing, and being nice to a lot of people. Much of the time my success feels like a karmic reprieve for not being a dick.

Do the work. Make so much work that it’s persuasive as a body and speaks FOR you. Accept failures. Hell, accelerate the rate at which you fail. It’s the quickest route to learning what you need to do. And pretty soon you’ll have a base of fans or peers, or, if you’re lucky, both, that are open to what you’re creating.

That’s worth more than a big client or two. None of the work I’ve done for big clients has ever gotten me big clients. I didn’t even bother to put it into my portfolio when I was actively soliciting freelance clients half of the time. The esoteric, personal, honest stuff always has.

Be honest in your work. Make a shit-ton of it. Be nice to people.

That’s it.
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I think I'll start posting here more often. Facebook is bordering on unuseable. I never see the content I actually want there. 
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Facebook today is the chainmail of the early 2000's.
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Let me be short and frank in an effort to save us all some time. The Cintiq 13HD’s screen was gorgeous, but mark making sucked balls no matter how much I tweaked the pressure curve. I sent it back inside of three weeks of ownership. I’m not without practice in that regard, either. I spent several years working on an Intuos 3 9x12 and, later, a Cintiq 20WSX. My hobby? Making art tools. I spent almost a decade obsessively massaging the best po...
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It is pretty nuts!
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Quickly sketching letters on my MSP19U and a new monitor arm.
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I've added my Manga Studio 4 brushes to the roster of tools available on my store. WOO.
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just got your PS brushes, going to save my pennies for these next
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My DP10U review is up!
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Do you happen to know if this unit's digitizer will work in Linux?
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That's about the skinny of it!
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We'll miss you, Ryan.
FRENDEN. Quantcast.
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Great likeness! This has made me sad, off and on for days now.
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Unboxing and initial impressions of the Cintiq 13HD.
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Best unboxing POV ever!
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I'm starting a partnership with Harley-Davidson that, after freelancing for half my adult life, was the first opportunity to leave me speechless while on the phone with a client.

The conversation turned in a way that my seen-it-all, heard every request work-assumptions were entirely flipped. It's pretty fantastic to be surprised in such a complete way, especially when the use cases of a thousand previous clients left me utterly unprepared.

Today, l leave for Montreal as a part of Harley's Taste of Freedom Tour. I get to attend a Motorcycle Bootcamp, meet with folks from Harley, and attend UFC 158 (go GSP!). In the coming weeks and months, they'll be more events, and I'll even have some merch to giveaway!

Harley's instructors will teach me to ride and I'll document the process. After, l get to customize my own Harley, piece by piece.

It's easy to see why l was left speechless when l got the first call. Harley feels that my work embodies the spirit of their brand and now l get to put my body on one of their bikes! Nutty!

l'll be sure to post from the events. l'll need the evidence. lf you could pinch me every so often, that might help too.

#independents #frenden  #harley-davidson
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While I would love a true Frenden update to your MC texture pack I can't wait to see what you put out for this! Congrats man!
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Drawing on my Samsung Galaxy Note II review unit. 1024 pressure levels. Wacom tech. It feels akin to an Intuos 3. I manually adjusted the pressure curve by popping open the stylus and tweaking the potentiometer with a small screwdriver. Review forthcoming.
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These pen and tablet phones need more attention
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I draw things for money and like to write.
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