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Hypothetical Question: If someone was paying you a smaller amount of money than what you would deem worth it to do something you're passionate about, would that have an effect on the quality of the finished product? 

57%
305 deviants said No. Because I'm passionate about it, I wouldn't lower the standards of my work, even if I'm not properly compensated.
43%
234 deviants said Yes. If they're not paying me fairly, they don't deserve my best effort.

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TheEthernHidden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
It depends tho. If they pay in advance then yes. If not then no
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pixiveo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I had the choice, I wouldn't do the work.

If I had no choice but to do it, it wouldn't impact the quality. Even if you do it for someone else, that work is still your work, and will impact how you're perceived in the future. You're the one who would suffer the most from it, by projecting a terrible image of yourself (lack of scrupulousness and thorougness, spitefulness, etc).
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bbbhyt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yes a work is worth depending on your quality when someone pays you less than the amount that means they are pitying or don't like it more 
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Xx-Dusty-Dragon-xX Featured By Owner Edited Oct 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Yes, when a creator isn't being paid properly it's bound to show in their work eventually. Intentional or not.
I'm concerned that you asked the question in such a leading manner, like we're supposed to say no and work for pocket change.

Is that how you started?
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starduel Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
I think if you feel that you are getting underpaid, it would affect the quality, just like getting overpaid would make you try harder to make a master piece.
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AsymptoteG Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it depends on how great the difference is. If they're paying just a bit below what I would expect, I wouldn't think much of it. If they're off by a huge percentage, I would think they don't appreciate the work being put into it and therefore only deserve the quality they're paying for.
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MilkyBody Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
To feel that the artists emotional and personal state don't affect their work is small-minded.  Of course if you feel you're underpaid or come in with negativity to the piece, it will negatively impact it in even subliminal ways.
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GAIN-OVER Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Not all paid work is made equal.

If I'm passionate about the activity but not about the subject, or the content, then I'm bound to feel less passionate about the work I'm doing as a whole. So it could follow that I may put less effort into it. Then again if I'm also doing it for a goal I want to achieve that's important to me, then that brings some passion back.

It's all about return on investment. ^^
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sniperG1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Well, it depends on what that person wants from you.
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Nassley Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Someone is PAYING you to do something. If your employer was paying you less than the agreed amount at work, you would be well within your rights to leave. Just because you're passionate about doing the task, doesn't mean that you should lend 100% of your effort for a person who isn't paying you the agreed amount. 
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BIasty Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
why you askin' all these hypotheticals
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Trinity-Fate Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's something I've been doing since I was a child. But now that I have a group of people to ask my hypothetical questions to, I'm abusing my ability to do so.
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Necrolli Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
depends on project: If it's something I really like myself, then yeah; If it's something they want and keep antagonizing you, then not as nice
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Geinto Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015   Digital Artist
This is exactly what I was going to say, If I love what I'm working on, I'll put in extra effort to make it good. 
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Necrolli Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
high 5
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ChubSpamano Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Not necessarily, but it's like when I do homework for classes I'm not interested in. I don't put 100% in because I don't think it's worth it. How it looks otherwise is how good of a mood I'm in about the piece. 
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Ghost-Sparta Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
It depends how fair it is, I wouldn't go with anything lower than a 20% discount.
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GenericHSFan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't make my art any worse than it already is without busting out the Spray tool and spare crayons.
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meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
Of course it would. Even if I didn't want it to. It'd make me depressed honestly. And needless to say I think depression would motivate me to get the job done faster than usual. So then I could wallow in it. 
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Aversatrix Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
Depends on the situation hun. If you absolutely need the money, then make it known to the buyer. However, if it is more for extra cash then it wouldn't matter what was being paid. Either way, your best should always be shown. That's why I don't wright unless I want it to be good.
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PrinceSpookyCakes Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just from a personal standpoint, but I'd give the same amount of effort even without being fully compensated, though mostly out of pride for my work <w<
Cause I know my stuff's good OwO So It's my job to keep up with my own standards >w<
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StrangeWrite Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
I would argue it depends entirely on the circumstances.

If it's a job that you really and truly enjoy but it has a lower pay grade then to many it doesn't really matter.
Being able to do what you love for a job is something that many people wish they could do and being able to do that for a slightly lower pay for many people is fine compared to doing a job you dislike for a much higher pay.

At the same time if it's something which traditionally has a higher pay than what you are getting and they offer you a lower amount of cash then it might be different.  Due to the lower amount you might ask for something in return or for a certain amount leeway or what have you, if not that then you can probably cut corners.
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ScPSBBsd Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
If I'm working on a project of passion, even if it was requested or commissioned, I do my best regardless.
If it's something I'm not familiar with and have no interest in, I need a fair commission to bother much with it.

That's mostly because I can only create via programming and have plenty of projects I'm fairly passionate about. However I see no reason to spend my time creating a program that doesn't interest me and won't benefit me at all if I'm not going to be compensated for it.
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Sarkeset Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
Not a yes or a no question. Always a balancing act. 

Doing something you hate is something you should charge as much as you can get away with. 

Passion means you enjoy doing it more. Does it make what you do worth less? No, but it does mean that it is something you're free to do for less because you enjoy it. You aren't under any obligation to charge less then someone will pay, that's standard marketing practice. Just keep in mind that there are people in the world with more money then they know what to do with who can often make something you love miserable to do because eventually at some point there is a line where you stop being judged on what you think is acceptable and their willingness to spend their money governs what is acceptable. 

If you do something you have a passion for for cheaper then it's worth expect more leeway in your creative control. If you do something for as much as you can get then assume there will start to be a line more like would be expected of a business in that to some extent 'the customer is always right' begins to rule over what you do, and that in turn leads one to begin to hate what they do. 
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TheNeverWere Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would say yes.

People would argue passion = cheaper because you do something you like, but passion also = quality, moreso if the characters used are those you DON'T like.

Now if you're drawing for yourself, and someone wants to give you money because you're drawing for yourself, then obviously that's another thing all together. It's whats created patreon.
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weeb-lord Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Economically speaking, passion can make something easier (read: cheaper) for someone to do, but if someone is paying you less than what you're willing to work at then don't do it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're not exactly hurting for commission offers.
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Trinity-Fate Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a hypothetical question and is in no way representative of any kind of situation I'm in. I just want to know what people think.
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Pawnmaster-Sev Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This could help for a future situation though~
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PlumpSpiderGwen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Passion for me can be a bigger motivator than money.  It's why I don't really do commission work; I don't want to spend my free time on something my heart isn't it.
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