I got off work a couple hours ago and all i can seem to do is scroll through tumblr…. i should probably go to sleep early yup.
DO NOT TAKE THE JOB. And don’t let you brother, or any family or friend, bully you into doing ANY work for free. Sorry if I’m coming off a bit rabid; I’ve had to deal with this sort of thing many times and the outcome is never worth the feeling of having been used and cheated. I hate to see it happen to others, and I get really agitated.
It is definitely not ok for your brother to promise your services to someone else so freely. It’s like promising a free surgery to a friend because your sister happens to be a surgeon. Concept art, along with any other visual discipline like illustration and animation, is a PROFESSION and must be treated with respect. If someone can’t respect you enough to pay for your expertise and training (with MONEY) for a project they plan on SELLING or DISTRIBUTING, they don’t deserve so much as a second of your time. In fact anything less that offering to pay you up front (unless a studio is contracting you, in which case you are capable of suing if they don’t pay you) is a blatant INSULT. It doesn’t matter if they’re your brother, grandma, or whatever. You dedicate a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears into honing your craft; it is not something any one else can lay claim to based on mere association.
I also want to get one point across most of all: You are not studying to become a concept artist SOMEDAY, you are studying to improve the skills you ALREAY HAVE. Conduct yourself as a working professional RIGHT NOW, and demand that others treat you with respect. If they can’t offer you pay, a contract, or even reliable references, you’re more likely to damage your reputation and embarrass yourself that get any “future opportunities”. Also, look to people working in the industry as your competition (not your school peers), and a guide for how how to conduct yourself when it comes to art and business (like James Paick, Ben Mauro, Jaime Jones). Even if you’re not at their level yet, treat yourself with and demand the same respect you would afford them. That is the first necessary step to becoming a professional artist in any discipline.
Tempers and angry outbursts aside, I STRONGLY recommend that you FIRMLY DECLINE the offer. Refuse to deal with them at all, as they have already shown how little they respect you. If they won’t pay you now, they certainly won’t pay you later. Move on, and keep working at your craft. As long you never stop, you WILL find opportunities. Just be wary of cons like this, and never feel guilty about preserving your professional integrity.
The Joker says all of this much more succinctly.