When I was first trying my hand as a freelancer I got a message asking if I would take on a project dropped by a previous artist. Excited to build my portfolio and gain experience, I gladly agreed. The client sent me an image started by the previous artist of a quick digital painting consisting of 3 separate images (like Polaroid photos) with a dark background and words like “best friends” and “I love you”.
Me: OK, so you just want this finished?
Client: Yeah. It’s my best friend’s birthday present. I need it done in four days.
Despite the roughness of the sketched image I was shown, I could tell each of the 3 images were very detailed and would be a project in and of itself, but I really wanted to take every client I could.
Me: Ooh, that’s not much time, but I can do it.
Client: Plus I need you to send it to her so we’ll need time for shipping.
Me: I’ll just email you the finished digital painting, and you can print it from home or a print shop.
Client: No, I want it painted by hand on a huge canvas and shipped by mail to her. Take the shipping out of your payment.
I was only being paid $75 for the whole project, which probably would have barely covered the shipping. Now I see why the first artist called it quits. I did too.