Maybe the opinion differs between different artists, meaning some people who need to ‘get out there and noticed’ are fine with it and others that are in the industry already are not, I’m not sure, but I’d imagine quite a few people might get jobs out of the artwork submitted for this.
Personally I think it was blown way out of proportion something that happens far too much on all internet forums. Yeah, Fred cocked up a little bit by not having it in there at the start, but there was no need to hang the man for it! He’s worked very hard over the last few years, at get personal cost to himself, to build up these competitions that promotes friendly competition, creativity and artistic progression. These things should be prized for the gift that they are.
As a guy trying to get into the industry, which can be difficult in itself without the financial crisis the world is having at the moment, any way to get noticed or have an image of mine in a book with all my details plastered over it is a godsend really, basically free publicity, because who else is going to make a book with my work in it?
I also understand that if your in the industry and have been for years and are used to getting your work published in Exotique or Expose and get a reward for that then fair enough you might be a little peeved. (Actually all you get is a copy of the book)
As it turns out (mentioned at the bottom of Freds statement) all he wanted to do was make an app that would have all the artwork in…which is a pretty sweet idea imho.
To Fred - The king is dead…long live the king!
(An artist who would quite like the free publicity)