Despite Irritating People, I Still Had An Awesome Day! - Jessie T. Wolf — LiveJournal
Despite Irritating People, I Still Had An Awesome Day!|
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.
I wish there were more people like you.... sadly though, it sometimes seems like you're type is the minority :(