Well, maybe. Do I like to draw Wolverine? Am I good at drawing Wolverine? How long will it take me to draw Wolverine? How much were you planning on spending on your boyfriend for his birthday, and how much of that is going to translate over to this picture? Or, was this your way of coming up with a nice free gift for your boyfriend and look like a hero, while I have a handful of dried out markers and another lost evening that I will never, ever get back?
Here's the right question, if you believe the artist's hard work has value:
"Oh you're an artist? How cool! How much do you charge? Can you draw me a picture of (fill in the blank) for my boyfriend on his birthday?"
Isn't that so much nicer and more polite? Doesn't that tell the artist you value him and his skill? And best of all, now the price issue can come up easily, with no awkwardness (which usually ends with the artist begrudgingly agreeing to do it as a favor and being bitter over it).
Here's another common scenario. Every few months I read a post from a guy who says he has a GREAT idea for a comic. He just needs an artist to make it happen (he "just" needs that... such a tiny piece of the puzzle when you're creating a COMIC book, right? You know what a comic book without pictures is? A BOOK.). He can't offer to pay anything up front, but (wait for it) he will gladly split the profits (if any) once the book is released. We've all had these offers. Here's the reality of MOST of those offers:
If YOU are that guy, here's some sage advice I want to pass along.
(1) If you really believe in the story, write the story in detail. Even if your art skills are meager, play around with character designs and get intimate with the characters. If you are going to call yourself a writer, it doesn't happen simply by declaring yourself a writer. Hone your skill as a writer, read up on how to do it, get critiqued, research your backgrounds.
There's probably a lot more advice I could give here, but the four recommendations above, most people won't follow anyway.
So sayest Joe. Let's wrap this up.