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Doing art for free...

Looking for advice here... recently I've opened myself to free art requests. The skill level is, not to toot my own horn, better than art I usually do for myself. Some people don't even bother to reply or acknowledge me once the artwork is done and posted.

What's up with that, and how would you continue?

I don't do art for ass-pats, and I've been taking these free requests as something to do to work on techniques and skill but at least a comment would be nice so I know they saw it. I mean, it was for them, specifically, so SOME appreciation would be nice, right?

Anyone been here, does this, and how did you handle it?

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Jan. 14th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
There are those who will jump for free art all the time. Jump and jump and in their greed they sometimes even forget to acknowledge the ones who gave them the free art in the first place. Pretty rude in my opinion.

But are you just posting it, or are sending them PMs/Notes to let them know as well? If its the latter, then they're just taking and running, and from there on I wouldn't do anymore art for them, should they go back for more. Also, you could try sticking to only giving watchers who have been following you from x-date (i.e from point of journal posting) a chance for the free art, so that way random passerbys can't just get freebies and forget you later on. Followers are more likely to comment and fave usually, so if you stick to them, then ignoring you is really going to look tacky.

But the truth is, you might just have to be prepared for those who won't acknowledge the art via comments or a fave, and move on.
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
Yes, I always alert them however I can (some are f-locked and no email is provided, so the only way I have there is to go back to where they requested the artwork and reply again).
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
Do art for yourself and stop doing it for other people if they're going to be ungrateful?

I dunno, that's what I would do. You can just as easily practice your skills by challenging yourself instead of having others ask you to draw their fursonas, which typically aren't that challenging.

Lame folks can't even acknowledge it though, but if that's going to be a trend I wouldn't cater to them anymore.
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
I look at it as using them to try to draw something I normally wouldn't.

But then again I don't really pay attention if they do post or not.
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
This kind of thing is why I VERY rarely take such requests, even though I enjoy doing them when I get thanked. I've pretty much taken to asking friends for things to draw, rather than opening it up to anybody.
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
My theory is that when you devalue your own time spent and artwork, other people have no reason to value it either. I'm not saying you have to charge, just that it's a trend I've noticed - when you take away the value of your product, no one has to value your product.
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
That's sad that people view free as having no value. :(
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
maybe just do free art for yourself and your friends? or fanart.
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
I never do free artwork because then everybody wants it/you become known as "the one who does free art". I draw what I want to draw in order to test out new techniques or practice things I'm not that good at... that way if it gets completely fucked up, nobody ever has to see it. lol
Jan. 14th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Yeah I get the same problem, so I decided to do nominee requests. Which worked well, that way the receiver didn't ask for it and gets the random surprised. I've had good results with that. :D

I'd say do trades to get random art as well, but its hit or miss with that. I get some trades back fast, sometimes never. @_@
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Can you explain how the nominee process is done? I'd love to know, it sounds great :)
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Jan. 14th, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
I always thank people when they gift me art :)its awesome of them to do it for me and Im always grateful
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Jan. 14th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
I had a problem like this in exchange communities on lj. I think I had my chosens not acknowledge the work three times in a row, and that's when I stopped signing up. :I Do work for yourself, friends, or commissions. I think it's pretty (extremely) lame when people seem to ignore stuff drawn for them.
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
Sadly, I was one of those lame people on the xchange comms years ago who wouldn't DO the assignment (I always thanked people tho!). A while ago I went back to all of them that I had failed to do art for and asked the comm how I could repent/get myself off the blacklist. I did what they asked, then left again. But I still feel like karma hates me for it, and with good reason. I should never had signed up without the time to really commit to it.
Jan. 14th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
I would stick to offering requests to people on your f-list or other inner circles.

Someone else, in this comm I believe, once suggested there was a free-art-whore-phonetree since complete strangers would pop up, ask for art and then disappear off the face of the planet once their art was done. I've seen some communication between these people that suggests that they indeed tip each other off as to people they can get free art from, and none of them seemed to have much in the way of polite manners. A lot of these people take the effort required for granted, getting free work in the most normal thing in the world for them.
Not a crowd I'd want to cater to.

I'm sure you have plenty of friends who might take you up on your offer? Otherwise, ditch the free requests schtick and work on your own projects, much more rewarding than wasting your time on a bunch of complete ingrates, because yes, you do at least deserve a "thank you" for your efforts.
Jan. 14th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong that I get excited that people mention my Artwhore phone tree? XD

I just get this happy little image of one person surfing FA for any hint of free art then cartoonishly dashing for their phone.
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Jan. 14th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
I always make a point of writing a nice comment when I get free art or art trade work, but I've noticed that a lot of people hardly even acknowlegde gift art which is disheartening. Like other people have said, maybe stick to just doing it for friends, or to doing trades.
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Jan. 15th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
this. :3 if you put it up as asking for "suggestions" then no one can complain and you get the advantage of being able to screen out ones who seem to be mere "art whores". Plus, then you're less chained to finishing a pic, or take on something that's less than appealing :)
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Yup - just gone through this too.

Not much you can do except not do free/request art from them again, or like someone else suggested only do freebies for people you are close(r) too. Gift art or trades. Hmm I wonder if there is an lj furry community for that...
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
I did a 50 free sketches a few months back to get a better grip on anatomy and learning to just have fun.

A small percentage of people were actual watchers and people from my livejournal. The rest? Whoooaaa boy, I had never seen them before. It's amazing how fast everything filled up, too.

Only a fraction of them replied to my replies with their art in the journal. I don't really think I am going to do anything like that anymore. But I did use it as a good time to draw critters that I would have probably never thought of doing in the first place.
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
Do what was suggested above and only do it for nominated people? 50 is a huge number. Wow.
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