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DO NOT DO ART FOR EXPOSURE!!I've had a few people approach me in recent weeks asking me to do work for them on one project or another. (A few of you have brought others to my attention, thank you. )
Sometimes they want me to work on a comic sequence. Others just a pin up, or spot illustration. But they all had one thing in common. They promise exposure.
One I saw promised "...recognition by many artists, publishers and fans." Another assured me that "This can be an opportunity for you to get more exposure."
These promises are enormous red flags that should alert you to run the other way.
Anyone who promises you exposure instead of money is trying to scam you. Not to mention they're a bold face liar. They will give you no exposure at all. If you think about it for a second, it'll become clear why: If they don't have the money to create the book, then how do they have the money for marketing and advertising? You kinda need marketing and advertising acquir
BullshitSometimes people try to pull some shit that is so shady it hurts my brain.
I was recently contacted by an online retailer who wanted to "promote" my artwork by putting it on their products that they sell, such as tee-shirts, prints, and who knows what else. People, by no stretch of the imagination is this promotion, this is straight up asking to use my work for free as if they're providing some sort of service to me. This is exactly the sort of thing that I would normally sell my artwork for, which is how I make my income.
To any young artists out there, please don't ever fall for some crap like this. From looking at his website, it looks like no one has fallen for it yet, but I've seen other, similar, predatory business models that have successfully exploited artists. When you make artwork you put in time and labor, and you should never give that away for free, especially not to people who are trying to make money for themselves, but aren't willing to sha