My entire career, I’ve given away free sketches at every convention I appear at. You get a fairly swift (usually about five minutes) sketch and a few words of conversation, and we move on to the next guy. I give ’em out for free because a) the fans deserve it; they pay my rent the rest of the year…and 2) I feel like a jackass charging people twenty bucks for a con sketch…
My ONE stipulation is that they are not for sale on ebay the next day. I see that, and I get furious. I’m giving somebody a “gift”, and if they turn around and try to make a quick twenty bucks off of it, I feel they need a quick shove into a pit full of feces.
The sketch to the right, and the one at the bottom of the page, are examples of what you get fer yer five minutes and no money. And these examples were given to fine con goers who held onto them after they got ’em. Bless their hearts.
HOWEVER…there’s another asshole attempting to sell my sketches on ebay. I don’t know what he looks like, but I’d really like to…so, if anyone reading this can help me find out who this guy is, I’d appreciate it. Here’s a link to his ebay page, and his ebay name is E Maxwell. It’s dickwits like this guy that cause other artists to charge for their sketches. The next time someone asks you for fifty bucks for a sketch, you can blame this E. Maxwell ass. He’s the one costing you money and goodwill.
He’s local Ontario, so I’ll recognize him if I could see a photo. And perhaps the next time I see him, a quick fecal shove.
Ty the Guy. Still happy to do free sketches. But happy to put the boot in, as well.