Jason van Gumster explains the benefits of version control systems to artists and gives a quick introduction to Mercurial.
Working with other artists and creatives, I'm constantly amazed—and, to be frank, a little horrified—when I look at their project directories. So frequently, they're riddled with files that start with the same name, but with numbered with suffices like -v1, -v2, -v3-FINAL, -v3-FINAL3, v3-FINAL3-real, -v3-FINAL5-pleasewilliteverend, and so on.
And even more amazing, often these are artists are involved in collaborative projects where more than one person may touch the same file (or set of files), often over a long period of time. I would often ask these artists, "Have you ever thought about using any kind of version control for your projects?"
Invariably, I get the response, "What's version control?"