I’m chasing a bit of advice regarding pay rates and contract terms for illustrators...
I’m currently working full-time for a start-up as a graphic designer and being paid a decent rate for someone in a mid-weight graphic designer role. The company I work for is a web-subscription service, customers pay a flat rate and can download PDFs.
The thing is, almost every project I work on involves illustration work, and while I’m not the best illustrator in the world, I’m now at a point where I’m starting to develop a style and I’d feel comfortable calling myself an illustrator rather than just a graphic designer.
I work jointly with writers / content creators some of the time, and sometimes a PDF that is for sale is wholly my own work. I feel like I work quite quickly and would complete between 70-100 spot illustrations and 6-10 full-pages or character sets a month.
Since I was hired as a graphic designer I don’t currently any stipulations in my contract specifying how my illustrations are used. I like my job, and I don’t consider my employer to be intentionally ripping me off, but there are some alarm bells going off. I’m not 100% sure but I’m guessing there’s potentially nothing stopping my employer from reselling my artwork on a stock website, selling it to manufacturers under a licensing agreement etc
Are there any full-time illustrators out there with contract advice? Should I be happy with my current wage? Should I be freaking out about not owning copyright over my images? Should I be moving to something more along the lines of an art licensing agreement? Does anyone have advice for art licensing agreements for digital products?
Thanks in advance