Double post! Yes, I know Jack-Jack looks like a minature Danny DeVito. I had it pointed it out to me and now I can’t unsee, nor do I want to unsee it. So it stays.
You know what really grinds my gears? Gristles my chicken? Halls my Oates? The sheer amount of people who post online looking for artists to draw their _____ for free. Or profit-share. Or whatever.
Yes, I know we’re in a recession (‘MURICA!). Yes, I know that art is not a glamorous or profitable career. I’ve heard the term “starving artist” just as much as you have. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to sit here, with bills and student loans to pay, and draw your shitty comic for free. If you’re really serious about getting your story out there, bust your ass, make some money, and then pay an artist their due. What we do takes years of practice, patience, and above all else, TIME. And I’m not even the best in my city. There are literally thousands (dozens!) of us all trying to make a living, and the last thing we want to do is waste time on no-pay projects that, 99 times out of a 100, go nowhere.
That being said, one of these days I might be financially stable (gasp!) and meet someone whose creative vision inspires me and I decide to throw every ounce of skill I have at their feet. It might never turn a profit, but I can at least say I did something meaningful.
I will not, however, paint a mural on your restaurant wall for “exposure” and a free meal. **** that.