My Google-fu is failing me: is there a site in the same vein as Rent a Coder, but for hiring artists? In particular, I'm looking for a site which fits the following criteria:
- Allows me to specify the style and scope of the work I'm looking for beforehand
- Allows artists to "bid" on the project, including time and cost estimates
- Showcases the work of the bidding artists so that I can see what kind of quality I can expect from each bidder
- Is designed specifically for smaller, short-term projects or one-off graphics
It seems that the original incarnation of Rent a Coder is dead (the above seems to be some sort of knockoff), and that it was probably killed by an unsustainable market full of unrealistically low bids for large projects by unskilled and unqualified "coders." That being the case, such a site might be poorly suited to art as well.
The reason I'd like such a site, though, is that as a "bedroom programmer" with a small budget and little experience in this sort of thing, I have no idea where I should be looking for art or how much I should reasonably expect to pay. Thus, a site with good competition where market prices are somewhat transparent would be ideal.
Any other suggestions about how best to acquire custom artwork as an indie developer are also appreciated.