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Chris Smigliano

Yeah..I'm one who applauded this strip..Get sick of people heaping praise for my work yet not considering it worth paying for.. Just had a "client" this past week.. guy wanted a Gift pic, good large size,(11x15) in full color, an entire laundry list of details, from what type of clothing, terrier dogs, a certain model of motor scooter, and little quips and signs all lettered up all over the drawing, and that's not even HALF of what he wanted. AND he wanted it done up FAST, before the weekend. How much was he willing to actually pay? Fifty Bucks, TOPS. I told him a FAIR estimate would be at LEAST $150. Haven't heard from him since. Let him find some cheap street caricaturist at the local mall If he finds that more acommodating.


As an artist, I struggle with the requests to help with friends' homes. Though not a "designer" I have a good eye for room colors, furnishings, arrangement of collections, etc. My house is a work of art, on many levels and admired by my friends (I am so not modest!).

So now a friend has a new house and has mentioned repeatedly me helping her with the above. If she wasn't a friend, I'd be quick to quote an hourly rate for such help. What to do? Any thoughts?

I don't want to damage our friendship but I need to earn a living.

Mike Peterson

"Well, that's such a big job that I'd have to charge you if I were going to do it myself, but here are some magazines that'll give you some good ideas."


The top comic reminds me of The Oatmeal's comic on how a web design goes straight to hell:

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