This is one reason why I still have not fully returned to da. Last year a cyber bully was stealing my cartoons & saying he created them when he hadn't. I still draw my cartoons in my spare time because I love drawing cartoons, but have not gotten nerve enough to post them here yet. I guess that doesn't make much sense, but let's just say I am rather protective of my work.
I agree with this statement completely. I saw this type of exploiting when I was starting out around the age of 18 ( in the comic industry alot of times) they do this whole " we'll pay you if the book sales" because they won't give new artist pay by page rate, or they won't even pay you cuz the book never got published. It's probably the most frustrating thing to be exploited like that, and so many artist support this in the comic industry because they had to go through it and don't realize how wrong it is.
thanks for the video, I had this advice from an artist at a lecture I went to, so this only affirms my stance on this matter. Btw where are you from, you sound a bit english in places, your accent I mean, I am from England, interesting accent you got.
I agree, an artist should be paid their worth and it is horrible that they try to get the work for free. Having said that, I started out doing it almost for free just because I was so happy that anyone actually liked my art. I did it for fun, not as a business. So I traded my artwork for merchandise that it was going to be on, since I loved the Firefly franchise so much. I did that a couple of times and was happy to do it, then the guy that I was collaborating with (I did the backgrounds for his Maps) said it wasn't fair I wasn't being paid actual money, since he was being paid, and insisted that the company pay me. And they did. Since then more work has come my way, TV, movies, books etc and i am being paid. Granted I doubt I am being paid nearly what professionals used to get, but in this day and age of internet they can go overseas and get it almost for free. But they keep coming back to me because they like the "look" of my art. I am not trying to make a living off of my art, I do it for fun and for the name credit/recognition, but if you are an artist trying to make a living then you should be PAID a fair wage and insist on name credit or IMDB credit, because you are worth it.
"Every time someone tramples on our work — ruins it, changes it, mauls it, damages it — it’s because they have no respect for it. And, generally speaking, they have no respect for that which cost them nothing."
From Jurassic Park- always loved this line... I think it says a lot about the people who take our work for granted:
"It didn’t acquire any discipline to attain it... You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourself so therefore you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had, you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunch box, and now your selling it! You wanna sell it!"
Might as well say it-Human beings have no respect for that which costs them nothing. I often find myself saying or thinking, "If what I do is so frickin' easy, why don't YOU do it?" It's NOT easy- most people can't do it- that's why they need us.
Think about this: After reading, writing (although letter icons are "drawn", not "written"), math, science, and history- drawing (not art per se) is the most important dicipline humanity has ever known. In our modern world, every product, building, bridge, dam, vehicle etc., must be designed before it is built. It must be drawn- EVERYTHING. That's how important we are.
Some of the folks (more than two) I work for have begun to ask me to perform non-artistic (non-drawing/color/ink) tasks that were not included in the contract. Set type, format a page... In-house designer type stuff. I've spoken with other artists who have noticed the same sort of thing. I belive that some publishers are trying to cut corners (save money) any way they can because the economy sucks so bad. This stuff almost never happened to me five years ago.
I agree completely, as does Mark Evanier- who related the following essay which I highly reccomend: [link] In it he relates a eerily similar experience...
Sergio Aragonés, once was selling some sketches he'd done. A browser was interested in one but blanched at the hundred-buck price tag.
"How long did it take you to draw that?" he asked.
"About a half-hour," Sergio answered.
The man was horrified: "You expect me to pay you a hundred dollars for a half-hour's work?"
Sergio showed uncommon restraint — at least for Sergio. He calmly said, "You're not paying for the half-hour it took me to do the drawing. You're paying for the forty-one years it took me to learn how to do that."
Can't say how many times I've been burned by "great opportunities" to work for someone. Saw this video on Tumblr a little bit ago and I support your advice one hundred percent. Hope some more artists will begin to have the confidence to put their foot down and say no to this kind of thing!
I can truly agree with this argument. However, it would be nice to see an influential figure speak on how folks can enter this industry by way of the independent crowds. This discussion tends to neglect the possibilities of investing or fostering self-motivated projects, at least in the "echo chamber" of the internet in the main stream. In any case, great points made.
Agreed and I think this is a great message. I saw your youtube video as well, again, great message. I'm curious as to what sparked it all but I'm glad that this is getting out there. It hurts us all and really just pisses me off when people expect artists to work for free, especially when they further belittle our profession in thinking we do this simply 'for fun' or think we're of any less value than any other professional they would hire. Hell they wouldn't expect a janitor to sweep the floor for free, or a secretary to answer phones for free, why expect it from us?