:confused:Let's skip the idea that that somebody changing something, because of a PERCEPTION that they are empowered to do so, might have positive motivations to make the work better.
What's the purpose of all this, unless it's to understand how something we perceive as negative could be perceived by someone else as positive? Unless I assume that someone believes that they're making a positive contribution by changing something, there's really only one thing I'd have to say about them, and it's not exactly polite.
How does that make a lot of sense?My name is on the book as the artist, and I need to make sure the work lives up to my reputation/my standard of quality.
Again, this is one that makes a LOT of sense and it makes a really good case.
I'd buy it from a writer (because he could see a good story ruined by a bad artist, without seeing it coming), but I have trouble buying it from the artist's side. The artist got to see the script before he started drawing it. If the story wasn't up to his standard of quality, then he shouldn't have taken the job. If he just thought it was flawed but could be saved, that should have been discussed up front as well.
To me, that's not a good case. It's not even much of an excuse, when the writer could use the exact same argument as an even more valid reason for making the artist toe the line on the story.
But that's just my opinion, based on my reasoning, which will only matter to someone who might agree with me. And that brings me to a question... Why does the "why" matter?
Perhaps I'm too cynical, but I have to wonder if it really matters why the artist feels that sense of empowerment (or why a writer might feel entitled to retain control over the art). What one calls artistic integrity the other might see as pure arrogance, anyway.
Knowing why the artist thinks he can do whatever he wants is not going to change my decision about whether I'll work with him, because it doesn't change the situation - He's still not going to do what I ask. So I'll either deal with the situation or not, depending on my needs for the project. I really just need to be aware that the sense of empowerment exists and take steps to protect myself from it (when necessary).
The only time I could see the "why" mattering is if the artist would be willing to consider letting go of that empowerment in exchange for something I could provide. If he his, then we can talk about reasons and negotiate one-on-one, and I won't need to speculate what his reasons might be.
So I guess I'm just starting to wonder where we're going with this.