I've found that folks with low budgets tend to be most concerned that they never have to pay royalties. Generally, after making my best first impression, I tell them truthfully that I'm able to keep costs down by drawing on my own library of imagery and adding to it with each project, and that I'd love to apply that to their project so that they can get what they want. I tell them that they get a perpetual, fully-paid license to reuse the image or animation in any media, but that I also get the same license and can reuse its non-proprietary parts (not the whole) in future work and for portfolio. If they must have work for hire, I write into the contract that they grant me  the right to re-use and re-license the work. Same effect. So far so good. (But for 1k they'll get a heap of stock photography and images I've already made in the past).


On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM, Emily S. Damstra <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I looked over the specs for this Pollinator Poster job and am convinced it is not a fair deal for the illustrator. A complex poster-size illustration, with the client getting all rights, for only $1,000? Plus, the illustrator has to spend the time coming up with a sketch with no guarantee of any compensation at all? I see that their website doesn't even credit the 2012 illustrator for his work (though it does credit the 2013 artist): http://pollinator.org/posters.htm
(Steve Buchanan, if you're on this List, congratulations for your lovely illustration on the 2012 poster. I found your name on the poster by downloading information about it and zooming in).

I am sympathetic to the budgetary woes of not-for-profit organizations and I'm sure the Pollinator Partnership does good work. Nonetheless, in my opinion they are not offering fair compensation to the illustrator in this situation. Sometimes, there are ways organizations can help make it more worth the illustrator's time when there is a low budget, such as not expecting the illustrator to give up all rights to the work. I'm not sure that would do the trick in this case, but it would help.

Alice, thanks for posting this announcement to the Listserv - I know we all appreciate hearing about potential work, whether or not we choose to pursue it.

Emily S. Damstra
natural science illustration
Waterloo, Ontario
(519) 616-3654
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On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM, Tangerini, Alice <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

See the announcement below for a search for an artist to produce a Pollinator Poster for The Pollinator Partnership. 


2014 “Native Orchids and Their Pollinators” Poster

Job Advertisement



The Pollinator Partnership is seeking an artist to render the 2014 “Native Orchids and Their Pollinators” poster.  A 1-page narrative concept idea with a draft sketch sent to Jennifer Tsang at [log in to unmask] is due by Friday, August 30, 2013. Final illustration is due by February 3, 2014.



The Pollinator Partnership (P2) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization-- the largest organization in the world dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Unfortunately they are in trouble. Some species have seen a 90% decline in their populations over the last decade.  Without the actions of pollinators, agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse.


Our Solution for Sustainability

Pollinator Partnership addresses issues of pollinator health and decline using many resources and projects. We are dealing with a complex issue that does not have a simple solution, but by addressing each area where pollinators interface with people we can make a significant impact in pollinator, ecosystem, and human health.  One way we address this issue is through outreach and education.



Each year, the Pollinator Partnership, along with a wide range of partners (including federal agencies, non-profits, for-profits, individuals, etc.) design and distribute an educational pollinator poster.  About 200,000 posters are distributed throughout the United States each year. They are one of the most popular outreach material items offered.


P2 is seeking an artist for the 2014 pollinator poster.  This year, P2 is teaming with the North American Orchid Conservation Center (http://northamericanorchidcenter.org/), a coalition of organizations dedicated to ensuring the survival of orchids native to the U.S. and Canada. The theme of the 2014 pollinator poster is native orchids and their pollinators.



The posters are enjoyed and used in a wide variety of venues from classrooms, fairs, conferences, and offices, to homes and educational trainings.


Poster Image - Vision

The poster is aimed for a wide-audience, including adults and children.  A scientific/naturalistic style is preferred.  The P2 staff will work with the artist on scientific accuracy and detail.


Submittal Details

If interested in submitting a poster concept idea for consideration to render the 2014 “Native Orchid and Their Pollinators” poster please submit the below information as one PDF to Jennifer Tsang by 3PM PST on Friday, August 30, 2013:

  • Contact information (name, email, physical mailing address)
  • Background
    • Resume, CV, past projects, etc.
    • Max 2 pages
  • Narrative about the poster concept
    • Method used (digital, traditional, etc.)
    • max. 1 page, Arial, size 12, single spaced
  • Sketch of the proposed poster as digital art submitted as a pdf, .eps., or .jpg. (300 ppi at 8.5 x11)



Final poster image must be submitted to the Pollinator Partnership no later than Monday, February 3, 2014.


Poster Size

There is flexibility with the size of the poster, but past posters have ranged from 30 in x 12 in to 30 in x 32 in (including a galley at the bottom of the poster for partner logos).  We suggest using a standard poster size so that people may easily choose to frame the poster.



The Pollinator Partnership does not make any profit off of the poster and distributes them for free (not including shipping and handling).  P2 works to create the poster each year to help educate the public about the importance of pollinators.  The chosen artist will receive $1,000 upon completion of the artwork and agreement and signature of contracted work for the 2014 poster.



The Pollinator Partnership will own the rights to the final submitted digital artwork.


Previous Pollinator Posters

To view past pollinator posters, please visit http://pollinator.org/posters.htm.



Contact Jennifer Tsang at [log in to unmask] or 415.362.1137




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