Guides to an art trade!
First of all what is an art trade(AT)?
An art trade is when two artists exchange art, this is usually done between friends.
1. Reading the status: Before you ask to have an art trade with someone… Consider Whether or not it is a good idea. You should always CHECK THEIR RULES AND STATUS, to see whether they are open or not. It can be very frustrating to an artist if people constantly ask them for an art trade if they are too busy and closed.
2. Who are you trading with? Also, you should make sure the artist you are trading with is reliable; you should usually never trade with new artists since they may be thieves which are very common. With that being said, you should also hold up your part of the deal and not ditch. This is very rude to the other artist.
3. Patience: You should never rush the other artist unless you had agreed on a deadline when you asked them for a trade. Always remember that artists have lives and they cannot spend their whole life appealing to the needs of watchers. They also have no right to rush you either. If you think they’ve forgotten, it’s completely fine to give them a friendly reminder, as long as you are careful with your tone.
4. Skill and time: One of the neglected parts of an art trade is this. Although this sounds offensive, many artists will not be willing to trade with certain people due to skill. (Trust me I would never ask for a trade with my idols because I know I suck XD) You should always regard this no matter how rude it sounds. Think of Pokémon or trading in general. You would not trade a Giratina, Groudon or whatever for a Rattata or Pidgey. The same way you wouldn’t trade an artifact vase for a normal vase. Sometimes, you should also realize that the artist is busy with other things and the time they spend on their artwork is too heavy to add another slot for art trade. This is always disappointing to hear but sometimes it’s how things are no matter how harsh. (Wishes I could trade with Tsitira360…
I’m not even going to ask.) * If you are friends with the artist you are trading with you may ignore this! C:
Overall, an art trade is supposed to be a fun event between artists. You have the right to reject a trade. They do to. Never harass the artist you are trading with.
Well something a bit different since I don’t have time to draw much lately. I hope this helps you!