So i've been in the art forums today for the first time and can i say it's so nice! Everyone is so good and is posting whetever their skill level and sharing all the love.
But then i came across this thread: "Custom Images: Offer or Request"
At first i just wanted to just ignore it, but it's popularity and the fact it is stuck to the top of the list made me look. I hoped it would be artists looking for work so posting their availability, and customers picking an artist, which is was... of sorts. But, not a single artist posted their prices for this, and not a single consumer would pay.
Here are some quotes for you:
"...something to practice some art skills on..."
"if you do make the art you can (as I expect) leave a little section on the banner saying "Channel art by_____________"
"i'll be sure they put your names in the credits in art design."
These are not excuses for not paying someone, they are never worth someones time and are all things i wish to never see but are common place in the art industry.
This is something i am VERY against. By promoting the artists that work for hours for free you are destroying the industry for the people that make a living off art.
I can't underline this enough:
If you are commissioning an artist to draw you anything, from a banner, to a profile picture, or just a birthday card, or designing your next tattoo, you MUST pay them. They are doing work for you and you just assume that they will do it for free.
Also the excuses like "it will give you practice" or " we will help promote you" are the fucking worst. It is unacceptable. You can NEVER expect someone to do free work for you.
Obviously, if artist draws you for free through their choice it is not your responsibility to pay, and to artists, i tell you your work is worth money! If you were a chef and cooking for people you would ask for money, so why is it different with art.
Think of it this way, if you ask for a major commission for me, i will work about 5 hours a day for between 3 and 7 days to get it finished. Now that is between 15 and 35 hours work and i'm charging you £30.
Yet you still say it's no worth anything at all.
I am extremely disappointed that this thread has so much popularity, and truthfully i am sad it's even there. It will definitely never get any more looks from me and i hope all my fellow RT community artist will never use it.