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Despite Irritating People, I Still Had An Awesome Day! - Jessie T. Wolf
May 11th, 2007
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Despite Irritating People, I Still Had An Awesome Day!
You know what I hate? I hate ignorant, greedy little art leeches, who have nothing better to do with their time than to e-mail artists, such as myself, and lecture us on how corrupt we all are, that we won’t draw them free artwork for them to jerk off to. It really urks me.

I decided to post up the Leo pic that I did for the Portfolio project up on a Yahoo! List I’m on, because I thought that some of the folks there might enjoy it. And many of the people on the list were very nice, it got some flattering comments, and a few people asked me if they’d be seeing any more works of mine posted in the future.

Then this dude promptly sends me an e-mail, saying, “Hey, great work! By the way, can you do me a favor and draw me a pic of Cash and Dixie (from Fox and the Hound 2) fucking?” followed by a few links to reference shots from the film.

Instead of responding to him directly, I decided to make a public post to the list, just in case anyone else had planned on following in this guy’s footsteps, saying:

If I come up with anything that I think this group might like, I'll make a post once in a while. Time for me to actually just be able to do my own artwork is VERY rare, as I am still working on trying to finish up commissions that I've owed for ages now. O__O As such, I would really appreciate it if folks from this list would not e-mail me asking me to draw them free porn of various Disney dog characters (I'm not going to mention any names here). I don't have the time, and if I don't know you I am certainly not about to draw something for free, when I have better things to do with my time. Not to mention, asking for free porn is rather rude. At least offer to pay me for it!! ;)

That end part was supposed to kind of lighten things up a bit, but apparently someone took it the wrong way, and the next day I got this in my Inbox:

is money that important to you? I thought maintaining frienships with your fans is more important, but I guess I was wrong. Capitalism does ruin people, even artists, who are supposed to care more about their art than money.

To which I replied back:

Try to think for a moment, please, and put yourself in my position.

You may not be aware of this, but many of the artists in the fandom make their living from their art alone. Sometimes their art is something they do on the side to continue to bring in a basic income that puts food on their table.

I have at least twelve (12) commissions that I am in the middle of trying to finish. I put a pretty picture up on this list, because I thought that some folks might enjoy it. By the way, the artwork for this portfolio is to raise money for a CHARITY. None of it is going into my pocket. At all. I am doing FREE artwork, (when I don't really have the time) to help support a cause I believe in, and also to put a smile on other people's faces, and you think that the money is all that's important to me?

Have you ever been on the receiving end of this, doing what you can to GIVE to your fans, only to have them e-mail you asking, quite disrespectfully, if you can draw them free porn? Because they feel that you live just to give to them, and them alone? Because they're too cheap to give a little something back to the artist?

It's a give and take thing, buddy, and if you think I only care about the money, there are a TON of my fans, who actually are REAL friends who know me personally, who will tell you otherwise.

~Jessie T. Wolf


Yeah. People like this need to either grow up, or go crawl in a hole somewhere. THIS is exactly why artists stop drawing - because of “fans” like this, and art theft. True fans do what they can to help support an artist, so that the artist can CONTINUE to produce art for all to enjoy.



On an up note, yesterday I had the best day ever with my wolfy love. :-D

We woke up at 9am, and had pancakes for breakfast. Then I did some house cleaning, and some training exercises with the dog. Then we both did some computer work for most of the afternoon. Decided to call it an early workday, and went for a nice walk at around 5pm, as the weather was absolutely beautiful! Got back home and relaxed with some pretty meditation music, followed by two hours worth of sensual massage, and a bubble bath. We wrapped up our night with a romantic candlelit spaghetti dinner with wine, followed by a movie via our personal big-screen home theatre (a.k.a the living room wall).

All days should be like this. Yes. *purrr* ^__^

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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:May 12th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
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I get that shit all the time. "Draw me this!", "Draw me that!", "What?! You won't draw for FREE!!?". At least once a week I get some noob through dA who wants some intricate Halo related fantard image drawn for nothing.

FUCK THAT.

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From:prismo
Date:May 12th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
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It's jerks like that who make me glad I can't draw, really. XP And kudos to you for being so civil about it.

Really, you just gotta ignore them. You're philosophizing to a horny rabid greedy mammal. What's important is that you're still our friend and we luv ya! *hug*
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From:fairbank_otts
Date:May 12th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
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You know what I hate?

Furry artists with a sense of unwarranted self importance? :)

can you do me a favor and draw me a pic of Cash and Dixie (from Fox and the Hound 2) fucking?

I lol'd - I can't believe people seriously ask for things like that.
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From:_patches
Date:May 12th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
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That's all that group is full of, sadly. 'Member when I said you'd be surprised what Klaus really thinks of the people in there? lol
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From:chibiabos
Date:May 12th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
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What d'ya expect when you got a Sibeling in charge of a group for someone known for being persnickety about his art distribution ...
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From:cass_rising
Date:May 12th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
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This is one of the nice things about being a crafts-person: while people may whine about my prices, nobody ever asks me for free stuff. People seem to grasp that a physical object is something that they must pay for (I assume they think about the cost of materials) whereas pure art must obviously spring without effort, cost, or training from the artist. Or maybe its just the fact that nobody wants to annoy someone who regularly works with blades and high-speed abrasive. Either way.

And on the subject of wolfy love: jealous jealous jealous *channels her inner child and stomps her feet* Glad you had such a nice day - its wonderful when we can be reminded of what is really important :)
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From:chibiabos
Date:May 12th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
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Though I'm not even an artist, I couldn't agree more. I'm struggling check to check badly, but I boggle at the rates some artists offer for their work -- as way too undervaluing of themselves.

I wouldn't ask you for a commission, even paid, because I know you're trying to whittle down your commission backlog and (from what I understand) exit the commission biz ... but if that were not so, and I would like you to draw something for me strong enough that I'd actually ask you to draw it, I wouldn't think to do so without insisting on paying for the commission -- and the bare minimum I'd offer would be US$400. And even at that, I feel like I'm being cheap ... I commissioned Rob Carlos (whom I think I mentioned before) for a piece for $400 ... it took him a month to complete it. I'm sure he was doing other things, but ... $400 for a month of work feels like I must have enslaved him. I would have felt much better if I had paid him five times that. He bent over backward on that piece for me and I still don't feel deserving of it. I truly cannot identify with those who feel they have a right to demand you do something for them.

I have a hard time understanding why so many people refuse to consider the concept that drawing something for someone is work. I don't get where in their minds they think they can beg you and magically art will pop out just for them. I think such folk need to have their eyes pried open and be forced to sit and watch an artist draw something, every single stroke, and not be allowed to get up or move or even blink until the work was completed so they might get some sense of how much dedication and work an artist puts into each and every piece. Do they think artists get free rent? Free food? No bills?

I firmly believe the "furry fandom" is the "fans of furry art" ... there would be no furry fandom without furry artists. While no one is perfect, and certainly creative people friction against the real world and aren't always the easiest people to get along with ... a furry fan who feel they somehow deserve to control an artist's time and effort merely because they want something very badly, to me, is a bad furry.
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From:iguanaartgirl
Date:May 12th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
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I wish there were more people like you.... sadly though, it sometimes seems like you're type is the minority :(
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From:om_nom_berries
Date:May 12th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
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First, thanks for letting me do the Boxer. And I finally joined the comm. I should've messaged you back right away but this week has been killer because I'm trying to get a comic printed.

And fan entitlement sucks ass. This is a <a href=" http://lroy.livejournal.com/77909.html>hilariously stupid email I got when I put my Zelda comic on hiatus</a>. I've gotten emails asking for porn as well, but they're not at all common. And I want pancakes and a bubble bath, dammit! XD
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From:redcoatcat
Date:May 12th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
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I am counting my blessings I rarely get that... o.O

Fans should appreciate art, not freebies alone.
I like artists work because I like their work, not because I ONLY want them to draw subject matter I like.

Oh well that's furries for you.
Artist = Corporate America =/

=^,,^-
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From:bloodhoundomega
Date:May 12th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
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Buahahaaa! Those are my favorite. I wonder if they go to the bakery and ask for free bread, because you know... the bakers should appreciate that people come to them and buy their stuff.

Ahh... people keep on telling me that many furry artists are living in a dream world, far away from reality... My ass, are we? *grins*

Honestly the best one can do about this is to take a little break and don't reply to such a thing until you have calmed down. Stay cool... stay calm... and argument them into the ground. ;D And if they want to think that you're ohosevilandmaterialistic... let them. The ones who are truly important know better anyway, I dare say. :)

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum!
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From:iguanaartgirl
Date:May 12th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
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I guess I'm lucky in that people don't e-mail me automaticly assuming I'll draw them art for free. It's very rare even that I get "I know it's a long shot, but would you be willing to do a little thing for me?" I could just be REALLY lucky though....
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