I’ve recently finished a freelance work for a company called Active Medical Training, based in Georgia. I was contacted by email about the piece I have posted on my website about how to apply a tourniquet, done in line work. The interest was the company had a tactical emergency kit with medical supplies and they needed illustrations to go along with each product on their use. There were 11 products, and each had between 3-7 steps. The major kicker was the time I was given to create the illustrations. At first the deadline was only a few days after initial contact, but thankfully it was extended to allow me two weeks to finish. And I needed every available moment I could take; it took the entire two weeks to make all the illustrations, send off for revisions, make revisions, and send off again. I also had to design and arrange them into several layouts for their final placement in the emergency kit.

I was sent product descriptions and quick sketches on each of their steps, and I also found images of the products online and used my own hands for reference. All of the illustrations were done in Illustrator.

As the work was for-hire, I do not own any copyrights and cannot post images of the illustrations. I am OK with that though for this particular work. The images are being used for a good cause, I made them specifically for their purpose, and I didn’t put into them the emotional attachment I would have in most of my pieces. However, given the time I spent putting into it, I was quite honestly underpaid. At first I was asked to give an hourly rate based on a sample I gave them of one of the products. The rate I gave was extremely low, considering I have a graduate degree in the subject. But ultimately it was said that there was a limited budget and I would be paid based on that, with half up front and the rest after completion.

I do appreciate the opportunity and the experience, though. And I was told by the company that I’d be contacted again for future works, so maybe I’m starting to build a small clientele.