I have some credits to get an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. Depending how much art you already know, might make it work for you or not. Block painting is a good method of pop art, it's easy and fun. It also provides a good method for any Graphic Designer. 3D Graphics, get a perspective book and teach yourself perspective, utilizing a 3D look to your art, (it adds more depth to your work.).
Most of Graphic Art is done on a Machintosh/Apple computer if you have that available, I think you are in the right direction. The school I went gave us suggestions if it is a good idea to freelance at first. It could be fun and interesting to do, but there is a potential risks with, pricing your art work, keeping up with a deadline, keeping up with the needed software, your limitations, sending the work to the printing company,(to print for the client).
Costs, other delays, spelling, errors of any kind ruin a good artist's reputation. yes going freelance can be fun, however consider the alternatives before doing so. Are you art skills up to date? There is use of shading, color, repetition, fonts, theme, concepts, brainstorming and ideas. If your serious about doing some freelance, just painting a picture or drawing something and selling that type of art work could be a good starter. Do you have a camera? Digital? Today's Graphic Artist or Designers need a good digital camera, and some basic photography lessons, also the use of a 35mm camera is handy too.
maybe take some pictures with a 35mm camera, use black film,(it can hide inner details) Use a whole roll of photos, if you can get 1 or 2 good photos from the roll, that can be a good thing, crop it, scan it in someplace, touch it up in an Adobe Photoshop Program and see what happens. Oh? This reminds me too, You may look at the cost of the art software you need to be a good potential freelance artist. Such programs are, Quark Express, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, there are combinations of these software programs and more. maybe find one that will help you getting the job or tasks done at a good price range.
Last but not least is a good portfolio, depending on what a client likes to see, is how you display the portfolio, digital is a good method on a dvd or a cd. bringing it with you to show your client your strengths and weaknesses can be a better approach. The client would be able to see you and communicate with you and if they like how you communicate, you are already selling yourself as a graphic artist, just by a patient, calm and thought out approach while communicating with the client.
has you can see, doing freelance is good, I don't want to sway you away from doing that. However there are alot of supporting reasons to work with a graphic art company first and then branch out. You can learn a great deal more how company does everything then which will aid you becoming a potential Graphic Designer in the future.
Answered By: hughsdesigns - 4/29/2008