It doesn't harm to ask but I'd feel a bit annoyed anyway.. But I wouldn't snap or begin to make a whole comment about what I said if I never explained if the character in question was in sale/trade or not. So basically it isn't really the fault of the person asking, but I'd just explain they aren't for sale and I'd thank them for asking anyway.
I'm not sure how I'd feel really, but I think I'd be a mix of being flattered and being angry. After all, it can be taken as a compliment for a person to want the character, but it can also be taken as an insult because they're not saying anything about the artistic value; they're just wanting it for themselves.
I am very attached to my characters so that is why it would bother me but I can understand asking. This actually happened and I had to take a moment to not put my emotions into it and explain that the character wasn't for sale.
I really don't know what I would think. I find the concept of buying and trading the rights to a character or design to be really bizarre in the first place. I suppose I am beginning to understand, as I spend more time trolling around DA and getting a feel for the community I have mostly ignored for the past decade, but it still seems quite alien.
If you think about it, I suppose major corporations like Disney are doing the same thing, buying out Marvel and Star Wars and such because they're interested in having the collective rights to entire storylines along with the characters involved within. Just seems odd on a person-to-person level, never really thought about the stuff like Disney til just now.
I think that's part of it for me. I am terribly attached to my characters, I am not sure I could just hand them over to someone else. I have tried a couple of "Design X for me" contests, and one I was happy I didn't win because the thing was cute and wanted to keep it, while the other I found a strange disconnextion to [perhaps because it was made with the express intention of being for someone else?] and it still just seems odd.
I wouldn't get mad at them if it didn't explicitly say whether or not it was for sale, though it would bother me because I tend to be very attached to my characters and I'd feel a bit weird. I'd be courteous and all but yeah, not exactly sure why, but I'd feel...weird. Uncomfortable? Idk. I had someone once approach me about a design I traded for and they were really rude about that and it really bothered me. It was only two or three days after I traded for it, the person I got it from listed it as "traded to pinemartenartin" on their page, and this person who had had no contact with me before messaged me asking if they can get it from me. I say that it's not for trade, then they message me back asking if they can buy it. I was still courteous but it was really frustrating (especially since I wouldn't have sold it anyway since I traded for it/didn't exchange any currency for it). Thankfully that's the only thing along those lines that I've had happen.
I have never bought or sold a character. I created each of them and they have massive stories and personalities in my head, and are each deeply ingrained in who I am. While I would not be upset, I would inform them that I am strongly connected with my characters and would be unable to part with any of them.
PandoraArtistsFeatured By OwnerApr 25, 2015Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't really be that upset, as long as the person asked politely and only asked once. Although I would be slightly upset no matter how they asked; it is hard work to create an original character, and I feel like the characters are a part of me. I wouldn't want to sell/trade a part of me.