To start this off, I'd like to say that I'm not trying to promote outsourcing. I'm sure someone will read this and be upset with me for showing a clear cut way to outsource your comic pages causing the American economy to collapse…again. All I'm trying to do here is get my stupid graphic novel finished before I'm to old to draw. Plus I'd rather spend time with my wife and son then flatting a page on the weekends. After all, this isn't my job, it's my personal project/hobby.
Now that I've captivated you with that last link, I'll plow forward. The whole idea of outsourcing arose after reading the book The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. This book, in itself, is a controversy. I think Tim is a bit of a salesman myself but I did pick up some interesting things from his ramblings.
Outsourcing was one of them. Outsourcing boring, time consuming, or monotonous things that don't need your special attention so you can focus on things you want to do.
The book suggests a few websites that specialize in aggregating freelancers from around the globe. Here are a few of them:
- elance.com (what I used)
I suggest Elance over Guru. Guru is slow and it's hard to find anyone for a good price. Why would I want to pay someone $75 an hour to flat out my pages. Elance, on the other hand is a pretty fast site to look through and you can find people around the world but it does take some getting use to.
I ended up using a small company of five from India called Dream Computers. They have a few comic coloring samples in their portfolio. Their hourly rate said $15 but after I paid them for my test pages they emailed me back, dropping their page rate to $15 a page for finished coloring. Just so you know, I never used what they colored because it wasn't what I was looking for but I'm thinking about emailing my contact at Dream Computers to show them a flatting tutorial and negotiate a new price. After all I don't want to pay them the same price for flatting a page as I would for finished coloring. My only problem with this method is it seems like you have to spend time and money to get the right freelancer and maybe even teach them what you want them to do.
Even though I can see how this might work out well with the exchange rates, I'm still curious about hiring someone who already knows how to do flats. I mean how much more could it cost to have a professional flatter? But where do I find one?
[Edit] Click here to find out – Outsourcing Comic Flatting – part 2
P.S. I just got reamed the other day about my lousy lettering job in these pages. I promise I will make it all better once I learn to do it right and I'll post what I learn.
Here is Spread 5 by the way.
I'm thinking of adding part of a row boat in the bottom left panel foreground. I already redrew Sonja twice and finally asked my wife to pose for me so I could get it right. I worry it looks more realistic then the rest of her frames. And talk about negative space!