Although opinions can differ on the matter, historians generally agree that money is approximately 3,000 years old. Of course what preceded the ‘monetary system’ was the ‘barter system’, so it’s fair to say that the concept of payment for goods or services is a well-established one.
So fast-forward to 2018, and it seems we have a problem. The creative industry is one that relies heavily on freelance illustrators. But somewhere along the way, it seems to have become an acceptable notion that you don’t have to pay them for their time and work. In fact, for some illustrators, especially younger ones, it is almost expected that they do work for free.
As an illustration agency founded seven years ago, we represent 37 illustrators across six continents. We promote them, find them work and manage their projects and careers. All of our illustrators are full-time and fully committed to what they do. They are not just exceptionally talented, they are exceptionally professional. They’ve studied their field and most have a degree in illustration, or a related subject. Illustration is not something that just happens, it’s not a skill you’re just born with. Problems have to be solved, compromises have to be made, deadlines have to be hit. In short, this ain’t no hobby – another problematic misconception.