Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Don't Do It!
Why Speculation Hurts
A couple of things from the last few days created a convergence that I felt I couldn't ignore. I'd recently discovered one of those fabulous internet time-wasters, a place called The Drawing Board.
I've been enjoying the artwork and comments posted there, but was shocked (in a bad way) to discover in their classified section, this ad.
That same day, while flipping through my new collection of 1952/53 AD&SN magazines, I came across the article at left. Whattaya know, even half a century ago, when illustration was a much more respected profession than it is today, there were "clients" of the sort who had so little regard for artists, they expected us to work for free.
I was going to go on a tirade about this, but I found this fantastic article on the subject by a writer I greatly respect, Mark Evanier, thanks to one of the posters at The Drawing Board - thanks Cedric.
Everyone who makes their living with their creativity, whether illustrator, designer, art director, -whatever - whether new to the field or seasoned vet, should read this well-written article and take it to heart.
DON'T DO SPEC.