So earlier today I was linked a ridiculous looking job offer by a skype friend, the post was asking for several character illustrations and a box cover illustration for a little over hundred. Due the amount and what he was asking for the post was getting slammed by the experienced artists because it was viewed as promoting the bottom feeders that cause those of us that take this seriously problems. I had even left a post saying his amount was all but fraudulent with examples of what the average freelance artist charges per hour along with the typical amount of time and artist would spend on an illustration. Well at some point I went to his DA page and see that the entire thing was actually posted incorrectly, he was after pixel art/sprites which would be closer to the price range he posted.
Now normally on other forums this kind of post would have been deleted by a moderator because unlike DA other forums have rules against posts that pay almost nothing for services unless posted in a non-paying projects thread. With DA they will not side with the artists but with the person who made the thread (they are the same way with reporting scams, if you find someone scamming artists or clients DA is more likely to ban the people being scammed instead of the scammer).
If you are someone that comes to a forum to make a job offer please make sure you know the kind of art you are after and what the price generally is for that art. The closer you are to the correct value of the kind of art you want the more likely you will get an evenly serious offer of services from a good artist. Now if you just say you want illustrations and post a really low budget you are less likely to get the kind of artist you need and will probably anger a lot of artist that are tired of people going onto the paying section asking for free work.
Something that might help when looking for an artist is to establish a budget of double what you want to pay (do not actually post how much you want to pay because it could prevent artists from posting) then ask for price quotes instead sent to an e-mail. This will filter out a good number of bottom feeders since most will not e-mail and give you a better opportunity to see good artists sending replies to your offer. This will also allow you the option of paying for a better skilled professional if one posts above your asking range.
Something to be careful of is posting examples, if you have already had art made in the past and are looking for an extra artist then it is best to use one of those as an example because you will already know the average price for such work and you will increase the odds of finding someone that fits what you want. Now this where it becomes a double edged sword, there are many people I see every week posting a job offer with examples attached for super high quality art that they found at random on DA and will only pay peanuts for it expecting the same quality. That kind of post I ignore or gets passed around the art chats as a joke and spreads fast among other professionals as non-serious offer.
Moral of the story is, if you have word or OpenOffice type out your offer there checking similar requests to your own before posting and make sure your information is right and not something that will piss the artists off.
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