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My rule for volunteering my time via artwork is: ‘would I donate the equivalent of what this project will cost me in time and materials to the cause at hand?’ And even then, on the one time I did this with a clear conscience, it seemed to take on a life of its own, gobbling up much more time than I might have initially anticipated. So yes, what Gail, Taina, and Mieke said!

Kathy G

On Sep 6, 2019, at 10:13 AM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Maybe not intentionally insulting, more like breathtakingly naive at best, definitely presumptuous, and arrogant at worst. Methinks he thinks "what a wonderful project! and what a wonderful opportunity for an artist to be involved in it!". Um, no.

Gail



On 9/6/19 10:29 AM, Taina Litwak wrote:
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Hi All,  

I got a pretty detailed proposal today in an email and wonder if I am the only one who finds it insulting.  I can only imagine he will be reaching out to many of us, as I am certainly not a tetropod specialist.  This is how I answered him, and what he proposed:

Dear Dave,

I am pleased you like my work, but really?  Its an interesting project, but you are basically me to do A LOT for you, essentially for nothing, and then give my illustration away in perpetuity through Creative Commons licensing.  I would never "volunteer" to do this sort of work, and I seriously doubt any other real professional would either.  I am a scientific illustrator, and I have made a living doing this for 35 years.  This is not a hobby, though it is a passion. 

I would think you will get few takers, though you may attract some younger inexperienced students.  The products they produce, with only your vague suggestion that they find (on their own) and show their work in progress to "scientists" is an almost certain recipe for inaccuracy or outright copying of scientifically established work.

Sincerely,

Taina Litwak


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