And stop asking for it. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen contests or Craigslist postings asking for an art submission. What I think most artists don’t realize is that submitting work to these types of things is giving your work away for FREE. It degrades the worth of your work and leads people to believe that they can get the free work by setting up a project in this way.
Here’s an article that goes into depth about this, and why an artist shouldn’t give away the goods.
I realize that I did some free work for the Vormator project, but in my defense I was really intrigued by the concept. And I won’t be doing any free work in the future. Stand up for your rights as an artist and raise the graphic design/illustration profession to a higher level. Pass the article on to your artistic friends.