Dont ask artists for free art you scrubs
How to waste your talent while losing your friends all at once because all you care about is money: A tumblr guide on how to be a cunt to those who admire you.
Imagine if the Mona Lisa was a commission and s/he had no money.
the mona lisa was a commission you shitshill, that’s how artists make a fucking living. it’s how we get the money to pay for things we need, because we don’t want to spend all our time working in a shitty job instead of doing things that are important to us, like working on personal projects or spending time with people we like. by thinking that you deserve free art is basically telling them “your time and skill isn’t worth anything but my personal enjoyment!” and if someone only wanted to be friends with me for free art, i don’t want that friendship because that sounds like an awful friend. artists are people with lives and often art is our only source of income and if you really admired us you would understand and support that.
jesus fucking christ “imagine if the mona lisa was a commission” rolls head back and laughs
"imagine if the mona lisa was a commission" AHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH
As an artist with friends who do the exact same thing to me: You are a terrible person.
"HOW TO WASTE MY TALENT"
Right. Because as someone who doesn’t draw, who has NO IDEA what drawing is like, of COURSE you would know everything about how my talent should be used, right?
"ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS MONEY"
WELL. I’M SO TERRIBLY SORRY IF MY CAREER CHOICE OFFENDS YOU. I’m working my ass off for hours straight on this fucking drawing for you, the least you can do is fucking PAY ME for it.
"HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS/BE A CUNT TO THOSE WHO ADMIRE YOU"
Woah there. First of all. If anyone is my friend just because I am an artist, and they’re hoping to score a few ‘freebies’, they can kindly fuck off right now. If they ACTUALLY admired me, they would respect my career choice and not be a dipshit about getting free art.
I have had SO MANY people get frustrated and upset with me, friends and family alike, just because when they ask me for art my first response (sometimes jokingly) is ‘Are you going to pay me?’ Maybe that wouldn’t be my first response if they didn’t automatically ASSUME I’m some charity.
No, I do not do free art. If I DO happen to draw your character or you for free, chances are I was either in the mood to draw them/you or I had an idea that I thought would be perfect for you/your character. Do not EVER expect me to continuously supply you with free art, just because I did ONE picture for you.
The friends of mine who I do art of/for often either: pay me back with art, or are REALLY close to me and I want to pay them back for their friendship.
And another thing: If an artist says they’re taking requests, or they’ll draw something for X amount of people who like/reblog something, don’t think that gives you a ‘free art’ pass. The artist is allowed to reject your request for ANY reason, or no reason at all. The artist is allowed to lose interest in the project and end up not doing it.
You are not allowed to pester the artist about when they’ll get it done, or why it doesn’t look right when it is done, or why they decided not to do it. You got free art. Or you had the chance to get free art, but didn’t. You’re no worse off now than you were before.
If you want an artist to make art for you on-time and ‘the right way’, commission them. Commissions often take priority, anyway, so you will end up getting what you want MUCH sooner.