hmm... lots of things have been happening lately. I am now working for that small company as their "Assistant CEO" but that could probably be labeled as their secretary/art director. Not really much in terms of payment but...they are nice so that's why I'm giving them a chance. (although they are late on paying my bi-weekly salary...)
On top of this my friend had given reference to me for an ad someone put out cause they were in need of an illustrator. Well I gave them a thumbnail of what I came up in terms of character design for the kind of attitude their character was to display and they loved it. Their payment for drawing 50 pages of illustration is $1000. Ok that's like $10 a picture since there are 2 pictures in each page. Fine, but when it came time to deal with the copyright issue he wanted full copyright ownership of the character design & I couldn't agree to that. Especially not for that kind of price. I'm not out her for the money but in technical sense, the $1000 is payment for the drawings not for the actual character rights.
Funny enough his attitude changed in his willingness to the agreement and went with another artist. Thought that was the end of it. I guessed wrong. He called me up today saying that he found a mistake in the signing of the other artist and his contract and he wanted to have me look over the contract cause he really wants me to draw for him....I dunno what this sounds to you but to me it seems a little fishy. Sorry I'm not the kinda person who wants to doubt people but I've been tricked too many times by people who seemed like they were nice. So now I don't know what to think about this job cause it's not like that other artist wasn't willing to go with his standards. $1000 for a 50 page job and all copyrights to the character given. Sounds like one agreeable artist >_> Anyways, like any job that I do, I will be sending him my own contract of agreement. If he doesn't agree then I'm assuming he wants an artist who is more agreeable to his terms rather than meeting half way. You can't have a story picture book without the artist.