I was informed today that I got a best of award on Thumbtack for drafting. This is kind of funny because I dont do drafting. I havent come close to doing a real drafting project in a decade or more. The samples I have are from literally 20 years ago. I really should remove them. All of my projects on thumbtack have been for 3D models, youtube videos, gameart or video recording. Thumbtack lumps all these categories together for some reason and I dont know if it helps or hinders the process of getting work. People call and ask me for CAD drawings but they rarely ever mean they want a CAD drawing. Its usually an illustration or infographic and has even been a cartoon on a few occasions. CAD is not my thing and I will normally refer them to someone if I think it fits what that person does. Ive done a couple of projects where I dimensioned a floorplan in Sketchup but thats as far as I want to go, I cant stand all the minute details that have to be included. Give me the art part of it. Honestly if I cant do it in Blender or Sketchup I dont take the job, its worked for years why change it.
Theres so much confusion about the terminology to the average person… illustration, technical drawings, infographics, graphic design, etc. I guess its better that they lump it all into one category so you dont miss the opportunity, but its really inefficient. They said they were going to break the architectural services into their own category which will probably make it worse. I get a few dozen emails a day that I have to try and decipher and it takes forever. Do they want a cad drawing? Yes. Delete. Do they want an illustration? Yes. What kind? A logo. Nope delete. Its all day like that. Then when you do get a job that sounds like what you do, you had better answer it in a minute or less or it will be gone. Its aggravating.
Dont get me wrong Im blessed to be able to sit with the dogs and play in Blender and Unity and make cool pictures and animations, but I wish it was easier to find work. I’ll put the award on the site anyway.