I got one of those requests I hate this evening. It starts something like this...
"I wrote a childrens story..."
What follows AFTER that is a blustery plea of `can't you draw me something, but you do it so fast, it doesn't have to be anything complicated...' and me trying to explain that I am really busy, I have no time and that's nice that it's for your grandmother's 90th birthday (or something) but I don't really have the time to work on a project...and it IS a project like that for free.
It always makes me uncomfortable and like a scrooge and that I am `withholding my talents,' and I'm sure it makes the other person who then says maybe they could pay me fifty bucks or so...(to illustrate a children's book?!) (No, like I said, you can do it really fast and it doesn't have to be complicated!) (It took me over 20 years to be ABLE to create something like that `really fast,' ARGH!) feel really bad.
Do people call dentists or accountants for free services? And why is it it seems to be only church members who put me in this oh so uncomfortable situation?