"You became a hair stylist because you love it, so please cut my hair for free" "you love working on cars, please fix my car for free"
Compensation doesn't always have to be in monetary form (although, it's nice, because the electric company prefers that!). But if I'm going to give away free art, I want that to be *my* decision, not the expectation.
The problem is when you are trying to break in to the industry a lot of people want your to do work without pay or with a back end cut of potential sales. And because you aren't a known artist you want to prove yourself. It's a hard juggling act sometimes.
They always call us up hoping to get advice on how to DIY fix their AC units.
I guess I kinda relate with some of these artists though. If someone asked me to draw something, I might feel like I'm not competent enough to charge them for it out of fear that they won't like it...but then again, your audience should be aware of your skill level and be willing to accept it. I guess we should just stop trying to be humble....and maybe respect ourselves more.
People that out of the blue ask for art? Or people who offer free requests (say, since they're a new artist and they need practice or because they just feel like it for a moment etc.)?
The biggest problem is that the comic industry is flooded with people that are happy to work for free, hoping for exposure. I've done it myself in the past hoping for a foot in the door and half the time the work doesn't get published and even when it does the exposure is not that great anyway. The second biggest problem is that so many artist who have great talent will churn out commissions or sell art on ebay for next to nothing. Way less than minimum wage. It drives the cost down for everyone. It seems like it's impossible to make any real money out of comics unless you work for one of the biggest publishers, but that'll never happen without plenty of exposure... and that wont happen unless you're happy to work for free or almost nothing. To be honest I'm fucking sick of it! I've been learning and improving my skills for years... have built a portfolio I'm proud of and still decent paying gigs are so few and far between it's ridiculous. I'd rather stick to fan art for myself and do it for my own enjoyment than bust my ass working for free on someone elses stuff for no reward.
Wow, that feels better! sorry for the rant
I find a lot of people who ask for it really have no idea how much time and effort it takes
like its just a little hobby we do for fun
since its FUN for you, you should WANT to do it for free
yea nope, i like money just as much i like drawing