I do some freelance illustration work and sometimes take some random commissions online when I have spare time.
Client: Hey there! I was wondering if you could make me some cover-art for my Batman fan-film?
Me: I could do that. What would you need from me?
He proceeded to describe his idea, going into the finest details for each of the over 20 characters he wanted to be portrayed in the illustration.
Me: That sounds like quite a time-consuming project. I was wondering what your budget would be for a piece like this?
Client: Well, I’m currently a little short on money, but if you like, I could make it up by working for you! I could write stories or articles for you, or for your friends! Wouldn’t that be amazing?
He proceeds to send me some of his work, of which resembled the work of an enthusiastic teen discovering fanfiction for the first time while skipping their English classes.
Thanks but no thanks.