So many employers I've noticed over the years asked these simple questions.
1. Why are artist so untrusting?
2. Why are so many of them so money hungry.
3. Why does everything have to be about money to them.
I can't speak for every artist just for myself and past experiences. Many arist aren't to quick to trust employers because many of us have been burned before.I can't even count the number of times, I was tricked into doing a free character portrait, weapons sheet or background.
By a fast talking silver tongue scam employer who promised they give you the whole job and exposure. A dream come true for an artist enspecially for a new young artist hopeing to break into the field. From the scam employers I've dealt with they say things like this.
Oh just do a quick detail of this for me and if I like it enough. I'll give you the job and some great exposure.
Your portfoilo is great but I don't know if my character would look good in your style. Can you draw one or two of my characters to help me decide. Ooh don't worry I'll get back to you as soon as you send the image.
Of course reality set in when I never heard from any of these parties again. I'm sure many of you here have gone through something similiar to this. Having someone con and lie to you then steal your artwork. Hardens a person abit because it' hurtful this barely happens to the older artist. Because maybe they know what to look for or they themselves had been cheated when they were younger. So they know the signs.
So to wrap up the first question. I'll end it here art isn't something many artist come up with overnight. It takes time and planning, money and supplies and lot of hard work. If you're a writer just imagine someone stealing your work and publishing it then becoming famous off it.
Ok on to the second question.
Why are so many artist money hungry? We're not just like anyone else we have bills to pay and the cost of living is very high in some places. We have to charge a certain amount to stay alive many of us take our art careers very seriously.
It annoys me when some employers say. Oh it's not about the money it's about the craft. But it takes a good deal of money and time to build up an professional piece of work. If you run out of supplies, then an artist simply has to go out and buy more and many times that is not cheap.
I know my own art supplies cost me anywhere from $30-$150.If painting in photoshop i sometimes takes me 8hrs or more to make a simple sketch come to life. I can't walk into an art store and say. " Hey give me this stuff and if I like it. I come back and pay for it even give your store exposure."
Third question. Why does everything have to be about money with them.
Because art is like any other business though many people seem to have very little respect for it. Just because we're artist doesn't mean we no longer have to pay bills like the rest of the world. We still do though it would be nice to get a few free things now wouldn't it?
Instead of coming here asking for free art most of the time, why not come and talk with some of the artists here. You know. Get you know and understand us.
Does anyone else here have any stories and feed-back to share on the topic?