We ran across this great little video from Stephen Silver, cartoonist, illustrator, character designer, caricaturist and instructor. Stephen drops some wisdom in regards to just saying NO to clients asking you to do work for free. I cosign this in a BIG way!
I even ran across a “contest” recently that required all people submitting to give up ALL rights to their work. This meant that even if you didn’t win, your artwork became their property and they could use it in whatever way they chose. If you won the contest, your prize was that they used your artwork in their online comic and your name got good exposure. No they didn’t pay you if you won either and yes they still owned your artwork and could sell it or do whatever they chose with it without being obligated to pay you anything. So big win for them and big waste of time and energy for everybody who submitted artwork to them.
So please be careful out there folks. As artists it’s important to know what you are signing up for and what you are giving away. There will always be someone trying to take advantage. Be as informed as you can not only about your craft but also about your business and your rights as a professional. Enjoy the vid.
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