I’m a freelance digital illustrator. I work mostly
work with illustrating children’s books, but I also do logos and t-shirt
designs as well.
Recently, an older acquaintance of mine approached me on Facebook and
asked me to design a business logo for them for pay. They wanted me
to copy a pre-existing logo they found on Google and tweak the text and
minor things to make their own.
Me: I could do that, but recommend that we deviate from that design
as much as possible or you could run into copyright issues.
Client: It’s just for a school project, so I don’t think we need to
worry about copyright.
Me: Wait, a school project? This
isn’t something you’re doing for homework, is it?
Client: The overall assignment is to create an art business. The
logo is something I want to do to enhance the overall appearance. That’s
why I don’t want you to put too much into it. Just something simple.
I was shocked by this. Naturally I wasn’t going to do someone’s art homework
for pay so I turned them down. They then mentioned that they were in a “Master
Level” class and they would “give me credit” and that they would find “another
artist to do it” if I didn’t accept. It didn’t change my mind.
Client: Ok. It’s too bad because it would have been good PR for
I unfriended them shortly after this.