lol welcome to the world of programmers.
with the exception of a minor few. Most see art as simply assets to their games, and artists as sentimental annoyances they must deal with when creating said games. And alot are insanely fucking lazy...
the smart thing to do, and what Edmund does, sniff around for a game that pretty much completed, and has a good solid engine/gameplay, and offer your artistic services.
NO PROGRAMMER EVER NEEDS ART UPFRONT to create a game, its utter bullshit. and while with the right programmer doing art at the same time can help boost motivation for both parties.. Programmers who care only about the bottomline (money) will not be inspired..
So in the future, if you know the programmer, do a background check, talk to previous artists they worked with, find out how many games they've actually completed.
TEMP ART TEMP ART TEMP ART
MOTHERFUCKING COCKSUCKING FUCKING TEMP ART
make them use temp art until the game is playable, and actually is fun to play..
No honest programmer would be against this.
if not fuck them.. Dont take time out of your life when you could be creating to inflate some ego from a programmer who simply likes to see artist jump hoops