with like. a recent influx of art contests on deviantart this got me thinking and remembering a really good fucking article ive seen recently
trust me, read this. admittedly it does focus more on corporate spec work, which can be said to be the greater evil honestly, but the concepts are similar nonetheless
do not trust people trying to get you to work for free. while its true, sure, some of us are perfectly fine with working for free! that doesnt make it acceptable to perpetuate wide swept negative treatment of artists that we are essentially machines perfectly happy to work with no compensation
it breaks my heart and makes me furious to see that most of these shitty "draw my oc!" contests on deviantfart are often targeted at younger or more naive artists. yall stop that. youre fucking shitty. i dont give a single fuck if you assure something like 100 usd for the "winner", youre still fucking scamming dozens of other artists OUT OF THEIR TIME AND HARD WORK for the mere sliver of chance that you might pay them. is that like....do you not see how scummy that is? youre essentially telling people to draw for you for a chance that you might pay them.
if youve been saving up your money just for this chance to pay someone, go and actually fucking commission someone. dont drag around young hopeful artists, dangling money in front of their faces to goad them to work for you for free. actually use your fucking money if you were planning to. find an artist you like who does commissions, and pay them for their fucking work. dont be a greedy piece of shit and shovel free art into your mouth, youre disgusting
stop treating artists like shit