Every illustration commission should start with a contract which ensures both the client and the illustrator understand exactly what is being asked and under what conditions.
Complications can be avoided if the client or illustrator use fair and reasonable standard terms of trade, and sort out any concerns or issues at the beginning of a job, rather than leaving it until after artwork has been delivered.
If there is anything in a contract presented by the client that you do not understand, the client’s art director or legal department must be able to explain it to you.
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