Using this format I went to specific groups where I felt I’d get the best results from, there were two main groups, one a private Facebook group where you need to request permission to join (with the threat of being immediately thrown out if you spammed the group) and from Reddit who have a comic book collab sub-Reddit.
At first I posted in the groups pitching it as a free project. I did get some response, but it was all abuse about wasting the groups time and how I’d not get any serious artist willing to take on the role for free. They were right.
But with all things in life, it’s a learning curve, so I changed my approach and saved some money, and reposted stating that it would be paid. Suffice it to say the response was much better I got so many artists applying through my blog that I had to put a note at the top of the blog post saying that due to the sheer number of responses I can’t accept any more applications.
Again the quality levels varied, but on the whole the average quality level was a lot higher, when I targeted specific groups.
If you are going for it, be prepared to make mistakes and people to point out those mistakes to you, but don’t let it put you off. I’ve made so many mistakes in my projects, but they still have all come to fruition. During that time I’ve learnt so much, I’ve learnt things that couldn’t be taught at school. I’ve made so many friends along the way and there are now so many doors open to me – in fact just yesterday (from writing this) I met with the Head of Creative for a major film company talking about Digitopia: The Graphic Novel and the possibility of converting that into a motion comic and potentially an animated feature for his production company. None of this would be happening now, if I was afraid of failing and making mistakes – you shouldn’t let the fear of failure, getting it wrong stop you from pursuing your projects either – you’ll have a great journey if you embrace it.
I’m going to be writing a couple more articles taking you through the lessons I’m learning and the mistakes that I’m making as I make ‘Digitopia: The Graphic Novel’ in the upcoming months.
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