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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!!"


" 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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Guess I'm lucky not to be any good;D
r3nka Feb 21, 2014   Digital Artist

It's even worse when they note you saying: I know you don't take requests, but maybe you'll make an exception ^^

=A= Why would I take the time to do your request when I can work on my own personal projects...
 some people just have a sense of entitlement :shrug:
The-Happy-Mortician Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bless my anonymity and sheer lack of skill, I don't catch this sort of nonsense.
Nefairyious Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. I run into this problem occasionally and I'm nowhere near as prolific an artist as you. I can only imagine how many insane requests an artist like you gets! There are some people out there who act very entitled!
Meggie272 Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think people are fully aware of the fact that there's an actual person with an actual life and actual needs and responsibilities putting huge amounts of time and effort into the pretty images they are passively consuming...artist aren't just machines with buttons that you press until art falls out. 
 true dat :huggle:
Sakura-ShinRa Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to Dealing With Humans.  Human beings are the most entitled, self-obsesed, narcissistic species on the planet! I mean, you don't get constant demands from the hairy padagonian armadillos now do you?  No, you don't! Possibly because padagonian armadillos can't use a computor but STILL, my point is made! *poses*
Put the stamps all the way to the top of your profile or maybe put maaaaaad stamps all over the place LOLLLL
i'm sure they're gonna have to see it and maybe finally realize that you don't take requests 
I hope these people will stop bothering youu :I
hang in therereerererrrrr
Bleeding666Abyss Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to commission and do requests for points, but my drawings aren't at a level I'm confident to charge XD getting there though, huge inspirations like you and my other D.A family let me learn. P.s- (sorry if I'm bothering you I was just curious, not a request XD) is d.a reliable with me using my card for points? I'd love to donate to my friends who need it but I don't want to risk having my money stolen from me T-T
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