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I don't do ART for free by Exileden I don't do ART for free by Exileden
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This drawing I did some time ago for a community with an important message. Lately I've heard often those quotes like that, so I decided to twitch into a drawing instead just letters of that quote for a community. This message regards for working artists. And I'm not talking about art as general meaning and art is for money, but the service for others when someone asks us to draw what they want.
I thought also to put there.


That's why we, working artists, don't do any free requests as a service for others when we are asked.
I still get often a requests from people, and here is an excellent quote from my friend ~WildSpiritWolf faq, which explains a lot for those who can't see/understand the view of another person:


Q: Why won't you do a picture/tattoo/etc. for me for free? It's silly that I have to pay to have you make something for me.

A: Please try to see this from another person's point of view. I'm sorry but I do not work for free and have no plans to change that. Commissions are my full time job so if I did art for free, I would have no money. Plus I would be ridiculously busy because so many people would be lining up to get free art from me. So at that point, I would be broke and would be drowning in free art requests which would leave me very stressed and unhappy.



Simply, art is our job. The feeling where we work on art is the same as we would do other job.

You can share that picture and spread around. I permit people to use this on facebook, blogs, websites, communities, tumblr etc. and feature it anywhere. I made it to be shared- we are about to share that art is part of our job to everyone If you agree with this :]
Feel free to share this!

But please DO NOT remove my signature and link to website and do not claim that you drew it. Do not use for also for commercial goals, ask me if you plan to do! :]



For the information: This is my own opinion and feeling with this, as well among the other artist. I made it for my group of artist community where I am in where they share the same feeling about it and that's it. It is NOT a law, order or even "it has to be". Everyone may have different opinions, and if someone things doing free requests is ok, it's totally fine! Free requests aren't bad, but for some people there is a limit reached where some artists can't do anymore due to clear reasons as being working artists. If you agree with this, that's fine, you may share and show your own feelings, if not, that's fine! Just do what you want :) Remember what I posted, it's also my feeling and opinion with others but not with everyone. Everyone has a right to their own feelings and that's a clean explaination why we don't do free requests. Even, personally I have not positive experience with "free requests" from people whom I do not know in the past.
Doing personal art and projects where I put my feelings and free thoughts, I have fun and enjoyment what I love, thus doing commission work is totally different feeling- a feeling of my duty and job.

Personally I still do "free work" which is an exception known as a gifts for my close people who I very cherish, working on art for them I think about them. It has positive feelings of the bonds and memories with them. And another, I'm active person in charity foundations/organizations, where I volunteer doing visual graphics where I also enjoy of a help for others in my foundation. I find it's priceless feeling being part of foundation and helping whose are in a need, being among with those fantastic people and fighting with life crisis.


Since there were many questions regarding art =/= fun, I hope that will explain :] [link]



Also to mention, I think the most beautiful art creations are when we do personal artwork. We put our own thoughts, own feelings, emotions and freedom- our world is put on the paper. No one should comment us what we should do when we create own and personal artwork from the heart.
I found the origin where that part of text quote comes from: www.hesaidteeshed.com
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I don't do ART for free by `PearlEden ( Suggested by Rawliett and Featured by MidnightExigent )
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no2hb Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
i agreed to and i'm a artist too and know how you feel but i do art on paper and all i have left to say is good job. :)
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:iconinnovativeinspiring7:
It is a beautifully illustration and the important message is in the drawing, clever idea.

It's ashame you don't see art as a fun job, I though most people who are artists do it as a living because its their passion, but if you are happy to do that, that's fine then.

I understand your message because all the effort, patience and energy put into pieces which are requested by others, and you do it for them, then you deserve the reward for it [being paid]; and if you do only that for a living you definitely need the money. 
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Tai-Shenron Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
You are missing the point by a longshot. They aren't saying that their art is all work no play. The artist through this image is taking a well deserved jab at the elitist "arteest" hipster douches who say that no "real artist" (whatever the fuck that means) would/should make money off their craft. It is taking a shit on the notion that artists should be "starving artists" as opposed to being career artists who use their craft to make money that will keep them independently nourished, clothed, and housed without having to depend on other people or the government for their survival. It is taking a shit on the career shaming elitists who want to keep much of the arts out of the very marketplace that could help it progress and thrive and make it worth funding, but instead prefer to keep it in the regressive dark, stagnant shadows, and on top of that (to add insult to injury) giving ammo and confirmation to the crowd that says "art is a hobby, not a career".
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Ktokolwiek1992 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 21, 2018  Student Digital Artist
This drawing speaks the truth.

No matter how cheap a price for the commissions I am trying to set up, the 99% of the people would prefer asking me to make them for free, because GOTTA HAVE TEH MUNNEH!

It is pissing me off. That's not fair. I want to earn money for the future life, but so little of my watchers are actually treating me seriously.
Keeping asking the experienced drawers if they are still making requests after so many years means these people have no respect for those, whom they adore.

Also, nobody wants to help me at making the commission advertisement more successful.
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ArtByJenX Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Great message behind this drawing! I love the idea! 
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melodyofdeaddeanders Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2018  Student Artist
a true message. spoken from the heart.
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Svetoslawa Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol Actually, I draw for fun and its kiddish hobby - but for people who propose money better do not know about it! ;)
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sundowner201 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
It is a different world and art is much less appreciated than it was....
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gothickillerqueenxxx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with you
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SpottedTalon7 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SAME. I'm in journalism and all sorts of papers and news sites want me to submit my work for free :| (Blank Stare) it takes me around 15 hours to write a well-researched column 
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CelesteLunaR53L Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dang, no one wants to pay people, huh...
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SpottedTalon7 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's why journalists have such garbage pay
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chaosaristokrat Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am a civil engeneer. I Work 12 hours a day. I do smth "real". I build streets - cars can Drive. XD

i do Art for fun and im fckn happy about ^^


(Sorry for the dumb comment, but im really happy i didnt become an Artist Like i ever wanted...
Its Like cooking; i do It and Love It when i have time for and and in the right mood :)
But it would become fucked Up, If i Had to.
If i must to pay the Bills... So im Happy i didnt Made my Hobby to my Job :) )

Total respect and peace, stay true :)
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure I understand what you mean in this comment. Art and design for a career is certainly doing something "real". Yes, you build streets so cars can drive, and that is indeed very important to the infrastructure of any society... but artists, graphic designers, photographers, and technical illustrators helped to teach you how to be a civil engineer in the first place. Who do you think put together all the textbooks and academic resources you used in school to learn your trade? 

Likewise, artists and designers are involved in the creation of the traffic signs that help to keep those roads safe, and they also had a heavy hand in the visual aspects of the cars that drive on those roads. 

Everything you interact with every single day is affected by the work of professional artists and designers, and they're involved in educating every single other profession under the sun. We do something "real", too, and implying that doing art for a career isn't "real" is not only insulting but rather short sighted as well. I'm glad that you're able to enjoy doing art as a hobby and it's fantastic that you do, but the sentiments that you've inadvertently expressed here are actually part of the problem that this deviation addresses. 
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skywriter33 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
I made a similar comment on my Twitter page last month about people telling me to "give away" my debut novel so that I could "attract" new readers.

Or under price my massive tome so that it would be "cheaper" for readers to buy.

I got pissed because I'm a writer and I very much intend to make a living off my books. I cannot afford to give away everything I worked hard for for many, many years.

Nor am I going to price it on the cheap because some people want to be cheap.

I work hard for my novels and I am expecting to be paid for the privilege of offering a top quality product. Nobody is getting a free ride from me.

And I don't expect anyone who is either an editor, a cover artist, a freelancer, a painter, a whatever to work for free. That's not how it works in the real world.

Sorry.
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chaosaristokrat Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Art never can be a "top Quality product".

Its Art. Different ppl See the Same Art in the different way. The value is Not physically measurable.
I know its sad, the fckd up, dumbest things are the bestselled often.... But thats how the world goes. Its full of sheep and yes - youre right - they are cheap ;)

So fuck: If You want to be Artist as a Job, You unfortunately mostly have to Sell a piece of Our Ideals .... :/

(Thats a Big Point a didnt became one ;))
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skywriter33 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
I aim to be a successfully published non-commercial author who writes spell-binding tales of love, romance, adventure, and the Overseer of cat litter boxes in some of my vampire novels. :)

But I am not selling out my ideals for a quick buck. That's not why I became a writer in the first place 30 years ago.
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chaosaristokrat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes that means to be poor or the Change the Job ;D
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skywriter33 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
I tried writing the commercial way by cutting corners on my books. It just didn't have as much punch as I thought it did. But nobody got rich cheating their way to the top of this business, so I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. :)
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chaosaristokrat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wish You nothing but the best ✌️😊
Respect You choose this way ;)
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skywriter33 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
I will be needing all the luck as well. If you think writing is the hard part to being an author or the publishing bit, try and be a salesman of your own work and realize...you don't have skills for the job. :D
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haroldcjennettIII Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Some people use the excuse "But it doesn't take you very long!"

Yeah, I went to school for years and practiced even longer so "it doesn't take very long".

Also, you only see doctors for less than an hour, and they make a LOT.

It's the skill we have, not the time it takes to utilize them.
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BlubberNuggetz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
😛My first comessiion I did for my sister in laws mom. I got $50 for it.😛
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BlubberNuggetz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
😛But my art teacher that I pay to go to her classes said "when you put alot of time effort into a artwork you have to charge them so that you can make a living.😛
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BlubberNuggetz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel bad about charging people for my art.
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PowerpuffObsessed Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
Preach
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SakiMountainveiw Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with this completely. As an artist myself some random people in my school will walk up to me, look at my drawings in my sketchbook and ask if I could draw something for them. ESPECIALLY IN CLASS! And I tell them no, because I have more important things to do like finishing my work for this class that you so gratefully couldn't give a fuck about. And they start whining and asking questions about why. So I tell them I have more important things to do. Not all artists whether hobbiest or professional should draw/paint/etc for free. All of us need to make a living and we do that in art. Artists as a general are so sick of being asked to draw something for free. We do commissions, those are expected to be paid for. Half the time it's not even a lot to pay for one, and the other population whines about it being 'to expensive'. So get your head out of your ass and be more conciderate to the people who are actually taking the time out of our lives to draw something for your pitiful asses.
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SakiMountainveiw Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very inspiring post that people should listen to weather artist or not.
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Sarvesh6789 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Really amazing and cool
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vakurii Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018   General Artist
Right!
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R-i-c-h-u Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its soooo AWESOME!!!!
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CLG-Artisa Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Deep.
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lyaksandra Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a selfish prick, is what you are. I never expected you to work for free and yet here I am being forced to look at your bullshit soapboxing. Just ignore the people who expect things for free without affecting everyone in the process, it's childish and thus selfish and inconsiderate. Then again, thanks for showing your true colors.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Nobody forced you to look at anything, hun. You're just being an entitled prick throwing a hissy fit for apparently being told "no".

Doctors want money in exchange for literally saving peoples' lives. If you don't get healthcare for many issues, you'll die. Money is the barrier that keeps many people from being able to access adequate medical care, and they die as a result. I don't see anybody saying the doctors are "selfish pricks" for expecting to be paid for all of the time, energy, and money they've devoted to becoming a doctor in the first place, and the stakes are much higher than they are for artists. Art is the only area in which the simple concept of being paid for services rendered is considered blasphemous by the entitled few, such as yourself.
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Ocelot109 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Err, its actually your choice if you look at the art or not m8
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Koalabae Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Isnt the people who want things free the selfish ones? You know artists need money too rayt
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Koalabae Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Childish and simply close minded
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WaterPony256 Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW.....you're really mad you can't get free art from this person, are you.
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Malniet Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Student Digital Artist
What about not wanting to be approached asking to do professional work for nothing is so offensive?
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Malniet Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Student Digital Artist
If you want the artist to ignore the people begging for free art then by that logic you should be perfectly fine simply ignoring the artist's opinion and moving on.
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GlaucioMaschuvio Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone's a little butthurt
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forlornMess Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lmao who hurt you
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KataseDee Featured By Owner May 31, 2018
Just...what?
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Demon0082 Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
lol what happened to you dude
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Nuenue17 Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand. People need to stop trying to make professional artist feel bad for not handing them free art.
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WiruTheArtist Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have long understood.
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aikaparanoid Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
True!
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Varaldar Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Yo but uh like *smacks lips* what about the uh *yeet* e x p o s u r e
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AleuTheSilverWolf Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Student General Artist
Y E S
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