So, I have been seeing so much of this Spec work crap on the DA forums recently. And more and more I see replies on these requests, why would you do that? I happened to find a site that shares the views of many artists fighting this selfish act.
Here are some of the write ups on their site, they express very valid points on the subject.
"Spec work may seem seductive when youre having a slow month, but its important to understand its downsides. Even for people just starting out in design, spec work can be detrimental. Not only might you learn bad habits, but the clients you win will continue to expect you to work for little compensation after youve built up your portfolio. This same pitfall of diminished paycheck expectations applies to established designers, as well."
"No matter what you call it, Spec Work, Free Pitch, etc the concept is the same. Ill get a handful of designers or studios to come up with a handful of concepts for my website, and the winner gets my business.
Great concept? No! There are no winners here."
* Free pitching devalues your work. * Free pitching hurts all of your clients. * Free pitching produces crap work. * Free pitching makes the client look stupid. * Free pitching hurts the entire industry. * Free pitching is a big sign saying Were going broke. * Free pitches encourages less planning.
Why are good artists giving away their time for the slim chance of getting, say...their picture in some other country on some advert? Just because the employer is promising you exposure doesn't mean he/she will actually make it happen. Your not only giving a stranger your time, talent and efforts you are giving them the rights to "your" work. To do whatever the heck they want with it. And please don't be naive, most of these people don't even have a "multi-million dollar company" or "publishing company all planned out" There are a lot of people out there just trying to get free art with false promises.
Its selfish to ask artists for high quality work with no pay, thats like asking a doctor to do a minor surgery for free. Whether or not you have attended some fancy art school or not doesn't matter. I never went to art school, but look where I am. I learned it all on my own, I spent 10 years of my life studying my butt off to get where I am. And for what? To give selfish people my time/talent/artwork rights? No!
You don't have to be an "amazing" artist to ask for money, and from experience it seems that beginner artists take even longer on their artwork. So thats more time going into free labor. There is a lot of time that goes into a picture, planning, concept, sketches, inking, scanning, ink clean up, coloring, sizing.
Your art is worth something, regardless of your artistic level or education. Your time is worth something, hell you could be flipping burgers for more money! The rights to your artwork is worth something, if they can't pay royalties then they should have to pay extra for the rights to the picture.
So please, stop replying to non paying jobs! Fight for your rights, your rights as an artist and as a worker. Don't work for free!
Please add this stamp to your journals or a link to No!Spec in your signature. Here is a link to the actual site, if you have the time please sign their petition and support our rights as an artist! [link]
Not everyone on DA is an artist, a lot come here looking for art, or because their friend/spouse/relative is one and they enjoy their work, so not everyone is going to know things like Spec Art. I actually thought from the description that it was a campaign to make people only do art for money, including not doing works just because you felt like making something, not that it was submitting art for payment without having actually received some kind of request to do so beforehand. Just saying, nothing that doesn't spell it out is 100% will always look like what you want it to be, and a simple definition isn't that hard to add to it. I almost went on a bit of a rant about letting people draw for fun if they want to unknowingly, but the site you linked had an actual description that I saw before I finished it.
Sorry if that seems a bit mean, I was in a bit of a bad mood due to personal matters, and seeing something that looks like someone saying "If you're not drawing for money, don't draw at all" was kind of like a fire to a fuse since my girlfriend draws just to draw all the time. >_>
Don't even want to do spec work. (Even if I did I'll just spew out something in less than an hour because spec work encourages me to produce quantity over quality)
If my friends ask me to draw for free, I usually wouldn't and they accept this because they know my attitude. (There's one time my friend ask me to draw her face and I told her I will draw wrinkles, warts on her face and turn her face into an old ugly woman )
The worst in my experience have been wannabe "children's book writers" and some wannabe "comic book writers". They have this great idea that is going to make everyone a ton of money, and all they need is some artist to work for free. It took them a few hours to come up with their silly ideas, and all they want is for you to spend dozens of hours breaking your butt on some illustrations.
They always, always, underestimate the hard work that goes into creating art. They always act like they're doing you a favor. There is always some pie-in-the-sky payoff that is supposed to happen for the artist, that never happens.
After getting burned in the past, I will never ever work for free. Even for family members (who always took the artist in their family for granted). People need to learn that your hard work is worth something.
Right on! n_n And this may be kind of off subject (Or it seems so anyway), but I also hate it when people you know ask you to do stuff for free, and they think they deserve it because you're "friends" (I never have that problem -.-, but my mother has and she doesn't like drawing for people with high expectations >_>
Being the artist in a group of friends always puts you in that situation. "Well your my friend so you'll do it for free right?" If its something small I dont mind, but I get that from DA people a lot, try to make friends just to get free art.
Anyways, wow I dont know how you even found my old write up, its old. But glad you did.
yo, i know, doin art for free is total crap. i did it for free a few times for a few high shcool students... im never gonna do it w/o pay again. shit take sa long time. i hate when ppl hav to scam u and shit. we really shouldnt do ti for free cus we putour time to this shit.
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