Right - which was why I was happy to be working with the Field Museum on the Common Plant Families of the Chicago Region, even as a volunteer. I had the time, the interest, and some small illustration expertise, and it was for me one of those situations where the philosopher Frederick Buechner says about our calling: "the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.' If I hadn't initiated it, it wouldn't have happened. Turns out it was a pretty good use of my time because the pages are being used region-wide to help train the next generation of conservation leaders and advocates.
But I think we have to be VERY clear with people when they mention the 'exposure' card that the only one getting good exposure is them!
On May 2, 2014, at 12:31 PM, Barry K. MacKay wrote:
One possible test is whether or not the work involved would or would not be illustrated in the absence of the freebie, but even then, I feel the freebie is justified ONLY if you feel strongly (and I emphasize “strongly”) in the project. I recently illustrated a book on an issue I have devoted years of effort to, because I wanted it to look good. Mind you, even then I stipulated that I retain the originals, most of which were saleable so I did make a modest profit; also, that the interior illustrations be in colour, even though they were reproduced in black and white, because a colour drawing takes no longer to do, and is far more likely to sell.
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