If someone is uncomfortable with/against homosexuality, is it alright for them to decline drawing a couple because of them being homosexual? What about homosexual characters on their own? (Only talking about SFW art here, so no porn or anything)
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No, that is not alright in either case
32%
Yes, it is alright, but only if it's a homosexual couple or another situation that shows the character is homosexual
36%
Yes, it is alright for them to decline drawing any character that is openly homosexual, even if the drawing itself does not show the character is homosexual
23%
Other opinion?
8%
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Published: January 8, 2015
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taurequineStudent Digital Artist
I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, an artist should have the full right to draw what they want, and to be able to refuse service for any reason. Ideally they wouldn't have to, but it's a good right for an artist to have. That way, if the commissioner is hard to work with, or the subject material is very disturbing, they can decline their services.

However, I think declining to draw someone because they're gay is kind of silly. Not to mention it would likely have consequences, as others have stated. Again, I understand why someone would refuse to draw a commission if it was rule-breaking or if the commissioner wasn't respecting them or what not - that's just standing up for yourself and preventing yourself from having to take work you don't feel comfortable with - but not drawing a character because they're gay doesn't have any social, artistic, financial, or practical advantages that I can see. It's just not good business practice to turn down work for something so trivial, not to mention it just kinda makes you look like a dick (which will in turn affect how many commissions you can get and whatnot). :shrug:
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I feel that way too. It isn't the best business one can do.
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taurequineStudent Digital Artist
Agreed! It'd be like declining to draw a character because they're black, or female. You CAN, but it doesn't mean you SHOULD. :| (Blank Stare) 
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea...
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niqbeeHobbyist General Artist
Sure, we can accept the idea that an artist can turn down a commission due to some bad parenting*, but that artist no longer deserves to even get commissions anymore. I'm sick of playing devil's advocate for prejudice assholes, myself. We are very much a part of this world, no one can force us to change, and we are not going to accept being marginalized or ignored.

It's the artist's loss for a chance to hone his/her skills and possibly earn money for it, because that's what it should be about, not petty outdated morals.

*Yes, I am implying that homophobes are the product of shitty parenting. Wanna fight about it?
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I can't really justify people not wanting to draw a character because of said character's orientation anymore, especially since by far most people have no problems drawing a character that has killed someone in their lives - so being gay is worse than being a murderer, or?
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niqbeeHobbyist General Artist
Exactly. Society has this bizarre disconnect when it comes to both sex and violence. You can get away with some appalling, gruesome shit on standard cable, but if a single boob pops out, THEN the youth are being corrupted by the idiot box. It's such a backwards standard. I really wish I knew how it could be fixed, but its part of an ingrained problem with our overall psychology, and that fact is preyed upon by the corporations that control what goes on the air, perpetuating the problem without anyone realizing the problem.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, it's awful... I really don't understand that logic.
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niqbeeHobbyist General Artist
It's all just evolution, some of us choose to rise above it, and others choose to live in illusion
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
And I don't even mind until it starts affecting others.
PRsOwnGlaceon's avatar
I always go by the old business tradition of "We reserve the right to refuse service to ANYONE."
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
True, it just seems a bit discriminatory in some cases.
PRsOwnGlaceon's avatar
Its a matter of personal opinion, I say. If you dont want to do a commish for someone for any reason, go ahead.
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KnightmareKMProfessional Artist
I feel like an artist should be allowed to decline anything, regardless of reason. Sure, it may be annoying, but I don't feel like anyone should be forced to do something they're unconfortable with.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm, I see. I just wonder if it isn't a bit discriminatory in a way, but yea!
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RoxalewHobbyist Digital Artist
Haha ^^; well they are the ones who have to draw it, and they should have the right to decline whatever they want ^^;
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
True x)
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RoxalewHobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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HawkiefaceHobbyist Writer
I think the artist has every right to decline the offer if that's how they feel on the topic. Personally, I think it's a bit far to decline a singular character who happens to be homosexual, but if it's a couple it's understandable. I don't really like that thought because I'm all about equality and I'm fine with homosexuality, but that's just me~
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I see.
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MillenniaTrishadowStudent Traditional Artist
As artists, we draw whatever we please, however, we tend to forget that. We constantly dislike each other for what others are interested in. But if you can do something, someone can like/have an opinion about something else. Therefore, if someone doesn't want to draw something, they have the full right to do that. No one can tell them otherwise.

We as artists preach about being free to express ourselves so we must allow other to do the same.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
:shrug: True, I just don't feel like it should matter, but oh well.
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MillenniaTrishadowStudent Traditional Artist
Yeah, most people don't understand that like you.
Kittty-Catt's avatar
I think they should not be forced to draw something they don't want to, but that is kind of a sucky thing to do
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