Skip to main content

And It Continues-This One Paid $.50 (cents) Per Drawing!

And it continues.. what is wrong with people? 

"54 simple illustrations needed.
Small files for web use only, either 300 x 300px square or 460 x 300px rectangle.Will provide font, sample finished product and detailed instruction sheet.
Paying $0.50 per .JPG "

yeah that's 50 cents!! I saw another one yesterday from New York area that is paying $4 per hour, isn't that illegal in this country, guess not..

I don't understand, a couple days ago I was approached to do someone's book. I gave him a fair price, meaning I quotes less than a day's wage per page and he replied back with insults saying he knows for a fact that illustrators get $5 per page, yes 5 bucks.. he is insane. What is worse is that he wanted fully rendered like hand painted work that would take more than a day. 

This happens all the time. I don't understand why the value of an artist isn't valued anymore. 

Look we can draw and you can't so pay us a fair wage!! I don't know too many illustrators that gouge people for money. most of us just want to survive at a livable wage. Less than $1 per hour is NOT livable-not in this country. 

If you look at the Graphic Artist Guilds handbook you can see what we are supposed to be paid. I have been illustrating kid's books for 7 years now and I can say that I never seen anywhere close to 10,000+ for a book, which yeah, if you want us to spend the time and do a great job is about right. Not $200 per book, or $5 per page. It's beyond ridiculous and yet it keeps happening. 

UGH! ARTISTS stop taking these jobs!!! Would a mechanic work for $5 a day? Would a doctor? Would a teacher? The lady who you see at the check out lane? Airport baggage claim? NO!!! They wouldn't. Artists need to stand together and stop being treated like this. 


  1. You're absolutely right!
    This have to stop, I was once insulted for a prospect "client" who wants free samples (where have I heard that?) I politely tell them that I don't do free samples, just paid samples (that are sooooo cheap, but its a small compensation for my time working in the sample for them) and he insult me, and say its was "silly" not to make a free sample for them... for me it is more foolish to waste my time with someone who does not value my work and gets angry at a fee request.

  2. It further whacks at the knees a group of people whose self esteem is continually demeaned. I actually had a nice thing happen recently. Someone at a conference this summer suggested that I might like to contribute (for free) to their newsletter, that it is good exposure, etc. I smiled and said, thank you, I'll take a look at it (the newsletter). She rushed up to me the next day, retracted her 'offer,' apologizing all over herself, said she googled me, and saw I was 'way out of their league.' So, sometimes people get it... take heart. For every 2 that want our work for free, there are 50 who never ask us because they appreciate they probably cannot afford us.

  3. Wendy, that is so true isn't it? I just don't like seeing new artists being taken advantage of. I take lower pay than some for things I am newer at, but I would never work for free or super low. My hope is that new artists realize what they do is still worth something even if they don't have the credits you and me have behind us. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Stephanie,
    I just stumbled on your blog while I was doing some research.
    Thank you for fighting the good fight and posting this! There's way too much of this going on. I can't count how many times I've been asked to work for free. I've been working as a professional illustrator for about 3 years now and thankfully I've been encountering more and more clients who take our work seriously. More positive precedents need to be set!
    Again, it's awesome of you to bring these things to light! Stuff like this grinds my gears!
    - Gabe

  5. Thanks Gabe!! As a professional illustrator myself, it's hard to take this kind of thing, but mostly I want to make sure that new artists don't work for free because they think they aren't worth more. Have a great day and thanks for commenting and reading.

  6. It truly is appalling that this continues to happen. You'll really have a field day if you look at the job offers forum on deviantArt. I don't know how this continues to happen, but the illustration industry is ill and in urgent need of a doctor. Do you know of any organizations that are in place to raise awareness on the issue?

  7. Hi Michelle sorry I just saw this, yeah I know, it happens everywhere, I just don't bid or apply for jobs that pay too low. :)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

"Who Would You Have Dinner With?"

In college and even some job applications that age old essay question always pops up: "Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive, if given the chance?"

In 10th grade, I answered Madonna because I thought she was strong, ambitious, smart and could do whatever she wanted. I admired her so much, and wanted to be like her in many ways-not a pop start-but I wanted to be like her spirit. I was living alone at the time (long story), and had really no one in my life to look up to and she was a role model to me.

In 12th grade we were asked the same question and again, I answered, Madonna for the same reasons. Although at this point I had moved in with my mother and my step-father, who hated me in high school. I was really close to my step-brother John, but still felt isolated and alone and Madonna symbolized someone who made it on her own, even though things were hard.

Throughout the years I have had many idols and of course that question has been asked of me in interviews and su…

Letter To My Sandwich

Dear Grilled Cheese Sandwich,

I just wanted to say thank you for being so yummy and keeping me full during these hard economic times. You are always faithfully there ready for lunch, or a snack, and sometimes breakfast. The way the cheese melts between your two slices of bread, make you irresistible to walk away from and impossible to ignore.

I love you completely with my whole heart. You were the only one who helped me through my college years when I was just new to the adult world. You helped me make the transition back into eating after quitting acting. You guided me through many a late night working in animation those first few years. Now you are back to help me survive through this hiatus.

I will always be grateful that you are there, cheap and easy. Your ability to keep me full for an entire week and yet not requiring that I empty the piggy-bank to do so means more than I can ever express. I believe that we will be seeing a lot of each other in the next few weeks until I start …

How to Be Healthy and Fit-Don't Listen To....

People often ask me about health & fitness because I was so involved in that industry for so many years and I still post about great programs, blogs, books, trainers, online classes, programs etc. (like Denise Austin-who was the first person I trained with in the late 80s to get certified, Michelle Bridges, Mari Winsor, Tracey Anderson and workouts like Barre3, The Bar Method, Zumba, etc).

Here is what I'm going to say.
1) Just because someone has starved themselves and lost a ton of weight, that does NOT make them an expert.
2) Just because someone runs or goes to the gym, that also doesn't make them an expert.
3) People who give sweeping advice like, 'be gluten free, be vegan, only eat 1000 calories a day' etc.. are not qualified to tell you, or anyone else how to be healthy.
4) Also, SKINNY does NOT equal healthy, this is a dangerous concept.

These are important things to remember.
If you want to lose weight or get healthier, please go to your fitness club and spe…