Hi all, thanks for your imput! I understand what you mean Ted, when I meant stock illustration I didn't even remember the clip art industry, I think you're right about that,
AFM159, I guess the question about reselling (or maybe the right word here is recycling) work that was comissioned by a client to a different one may raise one or two moral dillemas regarding the fairness of the practice. However, what we, as illustrators, sell to our clients is usually not the artwork but rights to publish (or other) within a certain specified guidelines which are set in a contract. I say this because the option to buy all rights (which efectively renders the client as the virtual owner of the image and prevents it from being published elsewere) is always on the table and it is the perrogative of the client to exercise it or not (of course, buying all rights can be quite expensive).
Most magazines don't though, they'll generally buy the right to be the first publication to publish it, and buy publication rights for that issue of the magazine, together with internet rights when they have a website.
At least in my case the contrat generally includes a period of 6 months while I'm contractualy forbiden to sell rights for that image to another publication, after which I am free to do as I wish.
What I mean by all this is that in such a legal bound world, with contracts signed and with each party knowing exactly what the other one is selling or buying, with such a commercial feel to it, the issue of fairness to the client becomes less present.
By the way, I used to be an architect before I decided to become a full time illustrator, we used architectural illustrators quite a bit, mostly for client presentations (even with all the 3d renderings available they could not quite replace the feel of the hand made ones
, I didn't usually get involved in the process (I was a very young architect then, just out of uni and not very high up in the team), but I used to chat with the artist they used to hire, english guy, Richard (don't know his surname I'm afraid), he did awsome work, I really respect you guys, to be artistic and yet remain absolutely architecturaly precise must demand some very hard work!