I've received very interesting and not-unexpected feedback from this listserve. Thank you!I crafted this email message, including mention of GNSI, and sent it to the author who invited me. Let's see how the author responds...Dear ____,I've been receiving messages full of questions from the artists I recommended you contact. Colleagues of mine are concerned and I can appreciate these concerns, so I would like to share them with you so that I might properly respond. Artists are often asked to share their work for "exposure," and are not reimbursed for products that make others money. For my sake and the sake of those coming to me for information, could you respond to the following?
1) Is this book for profit and who attains financial rewards from sales of the book?2) Why is the author of the introduction not paid?3) Why are contributing artists not paid?My colleagues share a concern with the Guild for Natural Science Illustrators and others that artists should receive payment for their contributions, taking the form of a one-time payment, royalties from sales, and/or copies of the book.I would like to see this book become the best it can be, but I also do not wish to undermine my colleague's profession and integrity in the process. Please let me know your thoughts on the matter and whether or not an arrangement that respects artists' contributions can be instituted here. Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,barrett
On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 5:15 PM, Kathleen Garness <[log in to unmask]> wrote:There was a long-ish thread on this recently about the many pros and cons of donating work. Check the archives if you can!The 'exposure' angle is dicey at best. My rule for donating artwork is something like this: 1) do I love the organization and their mission enough that I would donate the equivalent in $$ to them? 2) Is this new artwork to be commissioned (see previous question) or work I've already completed (may be more of a consideration) that they want to use? 3) am I not taking legitimate income away from another artist by donating my work? If the answer to all three is yes, then I may do that.The artists really should be paid if the author and publisher are. There are some publications where artists DO advertise their work, and they pay money for such privilege. What difference would this publication be to something like that? Artists are putting wonderful work up on the internet and unscrupulous folks are stealing and reselling it as their own. Our profession needs dignity and protection.There are fine considerations to all of this - please keep us posted!Kathy GOn Jul 18, 2015, at 4:46 PM, barrett klein wrote:Thank you, Kathy. I can only assume the author who invited me to write the introduction of the book is being paid and the publishers will receive money.
Yes, there are certainly opportunities for which I would donate my work (in print) pro bono in order for it to reach wider audiences. I will write the author about copyright protection. Still not sure about how to broach the topic of payment for the artists. I think the author sees this as an opportunity for the artists to advertise themselves because they include information about them, including links to websites, etc.
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