My husband and I
are both illustrators and a friend of ours was getting married. We were
contacted by the bride to do a custom portrait for the wedding.
be an amazing surprise wedding gift from me to my husband!
We felt like we
couldn’t say no to her, so we agreed. At least, we thought, we’d get
appropriate compensation for making this custom, time-intensive wedding gift on
her behalf: typically, a project like this would bring in a few hundred
We delivered the
painting a few weeks later and she loved it. Not long after the wedding, we
received a thank-you card in the mail from her. Enclosed was the payment: 4
movie ticket vouchers to a cinema we don’t have in our state.
The couple divorced two years later.