I’m a freelance illustrator, and I’m also a huge fan of this show about a family who owns a burger restaurant. In this social media group I’m in, people are dying to have themselves drawn in the style of the show. I posted my page, and let people know I could do this.
Client: I’d like my family done in the style. Money is no object.
Me: Okay. We can discuss something, and then I can give you a quote.
He tells me what he wants, and I let him know that it would not only take some time, but it would be labor-intensive, so the price is going to reflect accordingly.
Client: I have money. As long as it’s on point, I’ll pay a reasonable price.
Me: Okay. However, as stated in my terms and conditions, I require payment up front.
Client: I’ll pay if it’s on point. Money is no object.
Me: I’m sorry, but I don’t work for free. I could do an example by drawing a character from the show, and you can decide if you wish to buy my services then.
Client: Okay, here’s what I want in the example: [lists everything he’d asked for in his commision].
Me: My example will be a pre-existing character. As stated, I require payment up front.
Client: Money is no object! I’ll pay a reasonable price if it’s on point!
I didn’t return his messages after that.