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art by RE-sublimity-kun
True story, bro.
This is the truest of stories.
Artist problem #1059250912501681095802485203948106
This is truthful. Why? Because artists think that things are handed to them. So they start getting greedy. They wait until they get, and stuck with, a big amount of followers. Mostly by luring them with requests. They they wait and BAM. The slam down the “Pay for my stupid art”hammer. Most people are hungry and will do anything to get their hands on art they requested. But that’s how others unfollow them. Not because they’re idiots. but because nobody should have to pay for shit like that. Unless your mentioned in the news, stop doing commissions.
Well I’m hungry too, that’s why I do commission, you asshole.
What a prick! Drawing takes fucking time! What happened to ‘getting a job and doing what you love?’ how the fuck can we if no one wants to pay for anything and just expects artists to draw for free?
"Artists think that things are handed to them. So they start getting greedy" you mean non-artists start getting greedy, right?
"Most people are hungry and will do anything to get their hands on-" Have you heard the term “starving artist?”
There is a reason why being an artist is considered a “risky” profession by non-creative people- because PEOPLE LIKE YOU like to cheat us out of the pay we deserve because you like taking talented people for granted, and have no concept of labor or exploitation. Show some respect.
We ask for commissions because WE ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR THE MONEY WE EARN. It’s not asking for handouts. Art doesn’t come out of nowhere, and should be paid as such. Don’t believe me? Watch an art time lapse. It takes time and years’ worth of skill to create a piece. Something that people have went to school and trained for, or trained themselves to do for extensive periods of time.
If an artist deems their skill worthy of pay, then it’s FREAKING WORTHY OF PAY. Don’t throw a temper tantrum like a 5-year-old just because you can’t afford an artist’s work.
Commissions are artwork where the customer dictates the content, and often that might not be what the artist would create on their own, you as a commissioner are part of the creative process. That’s what you pay for. And incidentally, no one’s forcing you to commission art, you can always lurk on the blog and wait for something to show up that you might like. It’s perfectly reasonable for an artist to at times do work without a fee, as a form of advertisement, for charity or for fun, much in the way that a shop provides sales, discounts, or has a contest giving you say, a free kitchen makeover. It’s not false advertising, or some kind of scam, of course you want things for free, but in many cases, it’s not going to be the artists best work, you get that when you pay for it.
Reblogged for commentary.
Seriously, it’s the same no matter what your artform is. Crafts, writing, digital/traditional art, sculpting, etc.
Example here of how the exploitation thing works. I charge $5/1000 words for my commissions. Now… I do this because I didn’t have a job for going on 9 months for a while there. I literally could not afford to eat or pay bills. My husband lost his job in the same timeframe and for 5 of those months, no one was working. It took 3 months of the 5 for the government to step in and give us any money to help out. (And before you ask, yes both of us who have full-on large degrees sucked it up and went and applied for jobs like pizza delivery, call centers, flipping burgers, gas stations, etc. we just didn’t get the jobs… or interviews for that matter.)
So… I asked for a little bit of money to write what someone wanted to read to keep me afloat. Rather than say… writing what /I/ wanted to read/write, I wrote what they wanted me to. No matter how much I didn’t like the pairing or plot or whatever, I generally did it anyway.
Now… $5/1000 words. Generally I write short fic, somewhere between 1500-3000 words. It takes me basically 6 or so hours to get that down on paper and edited and posted. So some basic math here.
5/1000 = $0.005 per word
3000 words * $0.005 = $15
$15/6 hours = $2.50/hr
Jobs that pay that little are generally in the service industry where there are things like tips.
Oh, and let’s not forget that I actually was being paid through paypal in most cases. So on a $15 transaction, they take $1.35 for themselves, leaving me with $13.65 or around $2.28/hr
If you’d like to make that worse, then imagine the people who do not write nearly as fast as I do. Or the hours and hours that an artist puts into a creation for a mere $10 commission. That hourly rate of pay gets smaller and smaller and more and more terrifying.
So… greedy… sure. If wanting to eat and praying to pay the water bill at least so that the city doesn’t come to claim the property is greedy… then yes. All of us artists are greedy. You caught us red handed!!!
Art/writing are still considered things you can get a degree in and supposedly get a job doing. But the percentage of people who can manage that leap is low. Keep that in mind before being a judgmental brat.
my pet peeve is when someone ignores you
like if we have a problem then let’s fucking address it