Top Ten Lies Told To Beginning Artists, Designers, & Illustrators

  1. “Do this one cheap (or free) and we’ll make it up on the next one.”
  2. “We never pay a cent until we see the final product.”
  3. “Do this for us and you’ll get great exposure! The jobs will just pour in!”
  4. On looking at sketches or concepts: “Well, we aren’t sure if we
    want to use you yet, but leave your material here so I can talk to my
  5. “Well, the job isn’t CANCELLED, just delayed. Keep the account open and we’ll continue in a month or two.”
  6. “Contract? We don’t need no stinking contact! Aren’t we friends?”
  7. “Send me a bill after the work goes to press.”
  8. “The last guy did it for XXX dollars.”
  9. “Our budget is XXX dollars, firm.
  10. “We are having financial problems. Give us the work, we’ll make some money and then we’ll pay you.” (VIA)
10 Responses to “Top Ten Lies Told To Beginning Artists, Designers, & Illustrators”
  1. I’ve heard at least 4 of these, on a regular basis…and I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself “beginning” at this point. God help us…

  2. I work as a designer for graphics and I have heard all these excuses. The worst is when I was working in Orange County for this graphic company. Right now I am working with a new company that does bail bonds and they dont give me that lip. – check out my graphic design. Thanks!

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  4. thanks for this blog. i really like it.

  5. A very informative list…

  6. Corey Lee says:

    It’s sad but true, many people think like this. Everybody wants/needs art and they want it free or cheap.

  7. sadly.. this one happened to me and my friend.. some people are really taking advantage of other people who are in need.. sigh 🙁

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  9. Brenda says:

    Yeah…I can’t believe how some people will take advantage of an artist who just wants trust those who say they are interested in their work. Makes me mad 🙁
    Many non creative people have no idea how much goes into a work of art and don’t really value it for what it is really worth.

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