How to Hire an Artist by a Client Who Should be Avoided at All Costs
At all costs, because this dude, Christopher Gregorio, isn’t going to pay diddly squat.
I wasn’t going to blog today, but I can’t let this go. Genyooine quotes:
I recommend looking through art sites such as Deviantart…First of all, they’re cheaper…
If this enrages you, think hard next time you ask a friend to help you move or to fix your computer instead of hiring a ‘professional’. Pizza and beer cost less than ‘professional’ movers, so clearly you are exploiting your friends. Or the kid down the street who mows your lawn. Or whomever it is you hire to do a job you don’t want to or can’t who isn’t a “professional”.
I’m dazzled that these brain trusts don’t understand the difference between unskilled manual labor and a skilled professional who has spent many years in training. Since he is the type who equates computer repair with pizza delivery, I fear for the state of his hard drive.
There have been several times I’ve been working on a game with an artist only to have him/her walk out on me halfway through.
That’s what you get when you hire amateurs.
Keep them in the dark:
This relates back to what I talked about earlier. If an artist knows how much their artwork will increase the value of the game they will then feel they deserve that amount of money.
An ill-informed beginner is easily exploited.
Many people claim about this being unethical, but in reality it’s how all businesses work. When a company makes a profit, does it take that profit and evenly split it up among all of it’s employee’s?
Thank you for the straw man, but that is not how all businesses work. Profit sharing and transparency are not equivalent. A failure to pay fair market rates and to engage in ethical business practices is not a call to profit sharing or socialism.
These dude’s complete and utter lack of self awareness is repulsive. Only someone who is wholly comfortable with their skeeze level would ever post something this obnoxious. They clearly believe they do no wrong.
Sorry for any poor grammar, I typed this up fairly fast.
The amateurish quality of the writing accurately reflects the amateurish quality of everything else you get that you are too cheap to pay for.
Remember kids: without you, these dudes don’t have a product to sell.
Feel the power.
I hope you will take the time to peruse the Very Bad Publisher tag for more tales of clients of this sort.
The new edition of the Graphic Artist Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines isn’t out yet, but I helped work on it. Someone should get Mr Gregorio a copy for Christmas. Perhaps this book and the Christmas spirit will help him exorcise his inner Scrooge :