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Top 5 Tools for Freelance Artists

Jill Palmer

To be a freelance artist, you’ll need to be able to manage your time well and stay organized. Being your own boss is as rewarding as it is hectic. These resources allow you to do what you love and succeed as a creative professional. 

1. Procreate 

For a freelance artist, Procreate for iOS devices is the ideal program. Powerful, sleek, and easy-to-use, Procreate boasts an impressive lineup of features. With hundreds of pressure-sensitive brushes, an advanced layering system, and the ability to create high-quality artwork from the comfort of your home, Procreate is a must-have for any freelance artist.

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2. DottedSign

One of the trickier aspects of being a freelance artist involves ensuring that you are adequately compensated for the work you are doing. Keeping track of multiple contracts can prove to be a slow and frustrating process. DottedSign, an e-signature service by Kdan Mobile, eliminates the need for paper contracts. DottedSign allows you to import contacts and request signatures from your clients from your mobile or desktop devices, ensuring that key files do not slip through the cracks while saving you valuable time and energy managing the contracts.

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3. Dribbble

Freelancing can be a lonely business. Without other people around, you run the risk of losing your creative energy and stagnating as an artist. Dribbble eliminates that problem by providing the user with a massive library of inspiration from other high quality artwork. With Dribbble, not only do you join a community of other creatives to learn from and create with, but you can also share your own work and attract new clients. You can check out work samples from creatives of many different disciplines, including graphic design, web design, UX/UI, web design, illustration, marketing, and animation. 

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4. Asana 

While running your own business, it’s important to stay organized. Asana is a web and mobile app that helps users organize and track their workflow. Freelance artists may find themselves working on multiple projects at the same time. You can set reminders and make daily goals for yourself to ensure that everything gets done correctly and on time.

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5. Pexels

Artists and designers will occasionally need assets they don’t have readily at hand. For example, say you’re working on a project that calls for a nice image of the sky, but you look outside to see only storm clouds. Pexels has your back. Pexels is a database of free, high-quality stock photos, most of which are usable for commercial purposes. Images are searchable and properly tagged to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

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Being a freelance artist can be challenging work, but these tools and resources can relieve some of the pressure. Doing what you love has never been so simple. 

What tools do you use? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll share your suggestions with other freelancers!

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Jill Palmer

Digital marketing intern for Kdan Mobile and rising senior at Juniata College, studying professional writing and digital media. Interested in digital storytelling, writing, and the arts.

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