I genuinely had this conversation yesterday on Facebook. All I have changed are the names and the spelling, for legibility.
got a bit of a problem. I was wondering if you could help me out in
Me: Go on.
Him: I've drawn a few things but I don't know if they're good enough.
Me: I don't know what you mean.
Him: I have posted a drawing and you will see what I mean.
Me: You posted it to where?
Him: The Facebook newsfeed and it's on my wall
Me: (I follow the link to his wall) Is that a rabbit playing football?
Him: No, it's an ant.
Me: What do you want of me?
Him: What do you think?
an ant playing football? Do you want me to comment on the idea or
whether it's well drawn or what? I don't understand what my involvement
is. Sorry, I think I'm missing the point.
Him: Is it good enough. Please comment on it and tell me if I can do figurines with it.
have to ask yourself - Who would buy it and why? What is different
about it that makes it unique and special that would make someone want
to pay money for it? As it is, I don't think it has anything going for
it that would endear it to a potential buyer. Sorry.
Him: That's OK mate. I know I'm not any good, not as good as you and you have been doing it for years. So, are you telling me there's no way it'll sell?
Me: (at this point I Google 'ant football' and paste three images into a message and press 'Send'.
Him: I have been up all night thinking of something to put out there in the animal cartoon world and I came up with that. So, ants have been done then?
Me: Sure have. I get ideas all the time. The first thing I have to do is check
on the internet to save me from wasting time developing an idea that
someone else has tried and failed. Good luck.
Him: Thanks but if you know of anything that hasn't been done, can you tell me?
Me: Erm... you want a civil answer to that?
Him: Yes. I need help.