I'm just wondering what everyone's views are on this. In what contexts is it or is it not okay to ask for free art? Why does it seem that art is more often expected or asked to be given for free in oppose to something like legal help? Should artists give out their work for free?
I know that there are contexts where it's justified. Free workshops, or help with youth art programs, etc. But there are definitely contexts where it can be a bit insulting, and i know there are people out there who know what i mean.
Any stories or examples of extreme cases one way or the other would be interesting to hear. I was inspired to ask these questions by an anonymous post that shouldn't have even been in the lounge saying "I am looking for donations of concept art to use for a web-based RPG that I am working on." Not that I'm implying anything but he went on to say he'd be making money off of it by ads and all the artists would get was "credit". There was another similar post a week or two ago, and this seemed like a good debate topic. So when is it okay, when is it not okay, when is it insulting, etc? examples? stories?