The past few months I’ve been working on a huge personal project (read: I’ve started and spent roughly an hour on it, but it’ll be published. Someday.) Since I’m absolutely incapable of even drawing a straight line (or imagining anything on paper that does not include words), I’ve decided to seek out an illustrator (or two, or three) who could help me out. This project is my baby (lol) so I’m pretty stoked to be working on it, that much I can tell you.
I…have made the mistake of venturing into the buyer’s request section, hoping that by seeing many different styles I will be inspired. As a seller myself, I’ve seen the other side of BRs… but I’ve never quite seen the buyers’ side.
Where do I begin?
Out of 70! requests, around 50 people offered something that I did not request (in a copypaste template filled with mistakes but, oh well.
At least 10! (but I’m pretty sure much more, I didn’t actually count) offered free refunds. Unlimited revisions - and so on.
Several dear sir/madams later, someone addressed me as ‘sir’ (but fine, it’s hard to see on these small pictures, so I’ll let that one go…)
Here’s the deal. I value respect over any of those. No one is going to take you seriously if you have absolutely no respect for yourself. I think I’ve been stressing this.
I do realize that money is important (it matters to me, too). But YOU are much more important than that. As an artist, no one should allow themselves to be trampled by others due to wanting to ‘build a reputation’ or ‘get more orders’.
Not everyone is going to be nice (like I am). Just based on these requests (out of x, who offered to send me an illustration that I only had to pay for if I fancied it) there IS a market for this. People using unsuspecting newbies to get their stuff for free - and newbies are actually ‘fine’ with it. I’ve known before that there were issues but never quite realized how bad they were, I guess?
Long - and sort of useless rant over. I just hate seeing actually talented (for the most part) people allowing themselves to be exploited.)