Monday, February 15, 2010
A MUST read is Kate Harper's five part article "Dealing With Rejection: Tips for Card Designers" that uses examples for card designers but is directly applicable to the entire art licensing industry. Below are my comments on some of the tips Kate mentions in the articles. These apply to the entire art licensing industry.
1. Approach the right Manufacturer. It is usually a waste of time to submit designs to manufacturers that do not use your type of art style and/or images. Of course, there are always exceptions and manufacturers may decide to branch out.
2. Get feedback when rejected. This is very important so that you learn what type of art and images that the manufacturer wants. Knowing this information is HUGE because you can use it to create art that they DO want.
Get feedback from more than one manufacturer in the same industry. Just because one manufacturer is not interested in your work does not mean that another won't be. But if you get rejected by several, it is time to either adjust your art or move on to submitting your art to another industry.
3. Be willing to change your art. Licensing is a business. If you are unwilling to alter your art to manufacturers specifications than licensing may not be the right business for you. Manufacturers know their customers and what sells. Be prepared to change a color, crop or add to the design, and remove or add a motif.
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