SECRETS of a Freelance Artist!
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SECRETS of a Freelance Artist!

Learn how to make money as a freelance artist or graphic designer online and in person.
3.8 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
20 students enrolled
Created by Cristian Aluas
Last updated 5/2016
Current price: $10 Original price: $75 Discount: 87% off
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 18 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • freelance
  • graphic design
  • artist
  • how to
  • Learn how to make a living as a freelance artist or graphic designer.
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  • You just need an interest in freelancing.

This is an insightful course about how you too can become a freelance artist or designer online, recorded by an industry expert that works in the field. Through a series of video interviews, which you can view in one day, students are given resources (in the form of attachments) along the way and guidance on how to succeed. Such as: what to include in your portfolio, how much to charge, how to get paid, how to deal with difficult clients, and how much money you can make on average (starting out). This is a fun course as a social study or for someone that is interested in starting a new career in the arts, to learn the inner-workings of the art business online and to start winning paid commissions. 

Who is the target audience?
  • student
  • artist
  • graphic designer
  • This course s great for students or young entrepreneurs.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:54
Getting Started
7 Lectures 52:15

File with list of supplies, attached.

Supplies and Equipment Needed

Pertinent files, attached.


See file attached for helpful notes.

Where to Find Clients

Before Bidding:

ASK FOR: Escrow milestones, or deposits/retainers!

Before Bidding

How Much Should I Charge?

Figure out how much you need to make per day, to pay your bills and have a surplus for monthly expenses.

Check the going rates, from Designer Unions or what other artists charge (Google or ask on forums).

Figure what you would like to charge per hour and estimate how many hours a client's task will take you.  

Pricing Your Work Part 1 of 2

Pricing Your Work Part 2 of 2

What To Put In My Portfolio:

Look at other profiles that have similar skills

Focus on your strengths

Only your best work, even if they are few


A lot of artists and designers but few are professional and reliable

Offer something unique and always deliver a great service and you will survive.

Building Your Online Portfolio
10 Lectures 01:04:43

Important Template is attached.

Bidding On Projects

The Difference Between Projects and Contests:

Much more security with “Projects”

Clients are not as invested with “Contests” and essentially they are asking you to work for free in a lottery setting

Projects Versus Contests

Closing Project:

ABC (Always Be Closing)

Ask: “Is there anything else, to complete your project?”

Preview 04:40

Difficult Clients:

Offensive Expectations = Politely ignore and move on

Escrow and deposits are life savers, in case client disappears or so you their commitment

Cheap clients are the most difficult and demanding

Avoid Arbitration

Preview 03:36

Difficult Clients Part 2 of 2

Difficult Clients - In Person

See attachment for packaging suggestions.

Delivery of Final Files Part 1 of 2

Copyright Transfer Template, attached. Please edit to your needs. 

If you need the editable Word Document, please message me.

Non-Disclosure forms are typically sent by clients. And other client contracts can be found using Google. 

Delivery and Copyright Part 2 of 2

Certification Versus Experience

Certification Vs. Experience - Reviews:

Reviews indicate reputation online

Strive for perfect reviews each time

Ask for excellent 5/5 star reviews and offer the same back

Always give 150% effort and excellent communication

Importance of Online Reviews
After Projects
4 Lectures 28:23

Invoice Template and notes, attached.

How to Get Paid

See attachment.

How Much Can I Make as a Freelance Artist? 1 of 2

Here are a few pie chart that show Comic Artists' pay rates, attached.

How Much Can I Make as a Freelance Artist? 2 of 2

Should you do work for Free?
1 Lecture 01:55

Let's review some concepts and information from our prior lectures. This can function like a simple Business Plan.

So you want to be a Freelance Artist?!
8 questions
About the Instructor
Cristian Aluas
4.0 Average rating
50 Reviews
630 Students
5 Courses
Artist and Art Teacher at Masterpiece Art School

Cristian S. Aluas is a professional artist and art teacher at Masterpiece Art School, with over 20 years of art experience and over 12 years of professional teaching experience. Cristian's art lessons are easy to follow and fun to watch and to learn from. One of the benefits of buying Cristian's video art lessons is that they feel like you are actually in the room with him, listening and learning along-side. Pure and entertaining art education!