Thursday, April 03, 2008
Okay, I'm frustrated. I sent a proposal to this employer who wanted color spot illustrations to place on greeting cards, party invitations, stickers and what not.
In the proposal I clearly stated my fee and provided all the information they requested. Then I waited.
Two days later, they contacted me and said that my fees were well within their range and would I please send samples. I was excited. I produced and sent samples over immediately. Then I waited.
Two days later they responded with...."so, what are your fees?"
If I didn't need the work so badly, I'd say, "Forget about it!"
It's so ridiculous that in this day and age, potential employers that act professionally are as rare to come by as freelance work at a fair price!
That's another thing. Who's put the word out that freelance illustrators will produce an entire 32 page picture book for, say $500 bucks? I seem to see this posted a lot on the freelance work sites. Does anyone really respond to these people? If they do, shame on them.
That's breaks down to say, 16 illustrations @ $31.25 per illustration...IN COLOR!!!! Ridiculous. I'm beginning to think that potential employers believe that because we're artists, we can't do simple math. Anyone who will take an assignment at that rate brings us all down and proves their theory!