I recently decided to try and find a better and more reliable artist to draw the submission package for my graphic novel. So, I put an ad up on Digital Webbing's classifieds section.
The response was insane. I ended up with a couple of dozen artists sending me samples, and only managed to stem the tide after I struck a deal with the one I considered most suitable and hurriedly asked the site to remove the ad.
Originally, a couple of months back when I used their 'Help Wanted' forum instead of the classifieds, I only had one guy reply. So, I had no idea that there were so many talented artists up for grabs. A lot of the samples I got sent were really good.
Granted, the artists know what their services are worth and charge accordingly, but seeing that this kind of talent is available to me fills me with a lot more confidence. Not that I expect hiring a better artist will cause publishers to swarm me with offers, but at least this way if the work gets rejected I know it will be entirely down to my idea and writing, and that I ensured it had the best possible chance.
I'll have to see how the new guy works out, of course, but in principle I feel more optimistic.
On a side note, with so many good artists out there, no one will miss one or two... I figure that I might try eating some artist brains to see if I can gain their talents and become self-sufficient.