Thanks for the report on the Illustrators Congress. we are indebted to
for taking the time to write this up and pass it on. It might be good for
the Newsletter. Norm?
I certainly agree with most of it. I would be curious to know how the
Photographers have managed to stay cohesive enough to maintain pricing
(though the Stock Photo on CD thing is probably making them feel
as well). Could the equipment costs to produce commercial quality photos
have played a big part in allowing them to stay within a price structure
promoted by their organizations? With a cost barrier to the neophyte,
photographers have some breathing room to all join a professional
organization, and "stick to the plan".
With illustrators, I think there are a much larger range of people and
pocket books that need to be convinced that following some business
guidelines will improve life for everyone. Those not in the "club" or
those with less talent for the work, will have the tools to do the work
(they are cheap) so they will resort to competing on price. I would think
that the only way it can happen is if a large percentage of the in demand
illustrators take a very big public stand on the issue.
The cost structure of illustration creation is different than photography.
It is not necessarily less expensive in the long run, but it is less
expensive in the short run to start a freelance illustration business.
This make the organization of illustrators to follow pricing and use
standards a much harder cause.
I think it is a cause that should be persued, but there may be reasons why
victory will be harder, and why other groups have succeeded already while
Illustrators have not.
What do you think?
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