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Please Think Before you Write

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 25, 2014, 12:06 PM




 Ok, so just throwing this out there,  perhaps this will be an unpopular view, but  I don't think I'm being unreasonable.

I'd just like to mention publicly, that I, as well as artists in general, are not art vending machines.

You don't type suggestions in, and then have a slot where artwork comes out for free :meow: .

   Important to Note: I am not addressing any individual in particular. If you think this is about *you* specifically ( whoever you are)- don't. This about the private notes I get, with alarming volume, where people feel they can simply request artwork from me for free. I get a *lot* of these.  Which prompted me to post something about it. I usually just ignore them, or, if I feel particularly polite that day, I send them a note back saying I don't do requests.

But they never stop o_O. And it's not that I mind suggestions in comments under artwork, such as: "Oh, I hope one day you will paint _________." or, " I'd love to see ________ in your style. "

But a lot of people are sending me private notes, (that I like to use for more important things- like money :iconpervplz:) and the sheer entitlement in some of them can be a bit daunting.  Maybe it's a difference in interpretation, or cultural differences, but I find some of the tone of these notes a bit rude :/.   i.e:

 "I don't like that you don't draw my fandom! You know what you should be painting? You should be painting what I like! Because if you did that, you would get more popular than you are now! People would like your artwork a LOT more!!"

or

" I'm writing to you because I need a painting done for my fan site! But I want it to be like *insert thumbnail of a commission I did where someone paid me a few hundred dollars*. Also, could you do a few character paintings for my descriptions?  Thx k. Let me know when you'll be able to get it done! I'll be waiting!"

of course, no money is involved.

No. :stare:

I have no idea who you are, and I have to say, I'm just curious why you think I would just produce free artwork for you on your command, when other people (individuals, companies) pay me for that?

I have a stamp on my profile page that clearly states I don't take Requests. I take commissions (sometimes..when I think I can fit them in). I put that stamp on my profile a year ago, and it seems to have no effect lol.


So whenever you think about writing an artist (writer, stock model, ANY artist), please think before you hit send. Ask yourself a few questions:

1. "Would I walk into a dentists office and expect him to give me 6 free veneers, working on my mouth for 2 weeks, for absolutely nothing?"

No? Oh. Well maybe an artist wouldn't work for nothing either.. :o.

2. Ask yourself, "Do I pay bills?"

If your answer is no, stop writing that note to that artist you don't personally know. Just close that browser window. It's safe to assume, that even though you don't have any bills, that perhaps, the artist who's time you think your entitled to, MIGHT.  In fact, it's notoriously difficult to be an artist :[ . So paying bills is a very real concern for us ( as it is for most people who live on their own).

Also, there are MANY working artists out there.  Deviantart popularity doesn't always mean an artist is either not working in art, or not dependent on art for livelihood. I know of people here that don't have a ton of watchers, but regularly work in art industries, or just use it as a means to supplement income.

If people like doing requests, that's great! If you don't mind when people note you demanding freebies, all the more power to you. But this is just a little journal, suggesting people think a bit before writing a complete stranger to give them their time, efforts, skill etc for free.

I do not need anyone to write me apologizing either. So please don't. I'm really not speaking about anyone in particular. This has been happening to me ( and I bet, others) for a long time. That's all.

So perhaps look on an artists page. Look for indicators if they do requests. Some people do them for fun, it's true.

Writing people assuming that they have been waiting their entire lives, have gone to school just to provide you with artwork that other people pay for- probably not going to be well received.

Just saying.

Thank you for listening :iconfabulousplz:.

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FatalSystemCrash Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This happen'd to me in the past, very clear REQUESTS: CLOSED
Why? I'm lazy XD I couldn't take something that I know I'll not do because I like to do what I want, I like my characters, I did 2 requests to a pair of persons and none of then thanked me, I've took my time to do them... NEVER ANYMORE ><
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InkDrawnDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for this! I had this experience a lot after I did a few requests and then closed them. I stated multiple times on my page that I don't take them anymore, and I still kept getting people asking for them. (Though most of them took the 'no' very well). I'm saddened to hear that so many other people deal with this. Good grief. It seems that artists more than many other professions tend to get railroaded a lot, or treated like "art vending machines" as you put it.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
 Yep lol :nod:
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InkDrawnDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Hopefully people will learn better.
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Nemerida Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I wonder if this (freebie requests) mostly torments fanartists, or people that have done a few shiny fanarts. :iconthinkingplz:
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LeahPlainAndTallish Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone asked me to draw his penis last week. Sorry his 'big penis'. For free. I didn't know whether to be amused or horrified. He sent me a pic for 'reference'.

I love this site but good god almighty the entitled requests I get can become annoying.
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Aerodil Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Gah, that must be so annoying! I hope this will clear things up. If not, I hope you can make the note-senders see how annoying and demanding it is. I am a writer, but I can just imagine how time-consuming a painting or two is O.O
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Hunting-wolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This journal is gold :D I've heard of things similar to this happening to others too, and it's too bad. Because it's basically a waste of time for both sides :b Perhaps the people writing such things don't know exactly what they're doing/know what they're asking for, so a little awareness on that point is good.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
 :3
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ctang15 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow ... you seem intimidating :nuu: I don't see how people could request free art from you either; I'd curl up in the fetal position at the mere though of noting you :o
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