YOU CHARGE TOO MUCH!!! I WOULD HAVE TO USE MY ENTIRE BANK ACCOUNT TO PAY FOR IT!!!!! NO WAY I AM SPENDING THAT MUCH ON /JUST/ A PICTURE!!!! NOT NOW NOT EVER!!!!1111
Art is a luxury item. Not everyone can afford it. I wish that I could do art for others just for fun, since I enjoy doing it. But unfortunately that is not how life works.
Unlike many other artists, this is not just a hobby for me. I make my living through illustration and graphic design, so I can't afford to work for low wages otherwise I do not eat and my bills do not get paid. I have to pay for food and bills, just like you or your parents do.
Complaining to an artist 'their prices are too high' is telling them that what they do is not worth making a living, and that simply is not fair to the artist.
Saying "I wouldn't pay that much for just a character sheet/illustration/whatever". All I can say to that is wow... JUST? Excuse me, but everything that I do takes hours and hours out of my life and comes from a skill that has taken me nearly a lifetime to perfect. Do not talk down to me in a way that makes it sound that the things that I make petty and not worth my time.
Saying "No way in hell I'd pay for that! Not ever!" is unbelievably rude. Didn't your parents ever teach you manners? Learn some basic social skills before talking to others, kthnx.
And honestly, artists in the furry fandom are grossly underpaid compared to other artists.
Seriously. Look at different industries and you will see what I mean. I've seen comic book artists charge upwards of $300-$400 for a simple pencil sketch! If you have an issue with an artist's pricing, whining about it and acting like an unholy asshole only succeeds in making yourself look like a complete jerk and/or a spoiled child. Talk to me like that and you will likely go immediately on my block list without warning.
Do you do art trades?
Not with random people that I don't know. I only do trades with close friends that I know in person or with artists that I admire. The only time I do random trades is with the small handful of exchange groups that I participate in. (FantasyXchange and CreatureXchange).
Is there any chance that you'll do a trade with me if I ask?
I'll only consider it if you are an artist that I really admire.
These are rare occasions. And I will normally be the one to ask because I see that said admired artist is accepting trades at the moment.
Also, be aware that I've been burned on trades a few times in the past, so if you are the one to ask me to do one and I accept... then I will expect you to finish your half first.
Why don't you do trades?
The same reason that I don't do requests.
Art is my full time job so I am spending most of my time doing commissions that I get paid to do so that I can eat. When I do get time to myself, I'd rather spend it world building or drawing my own characters.
Which character would you ask my to draw if I were to enter a trade with you?
If you want to do a trade with me, it is a requirement that you know how to draw human-like characters. While anthros take up most of my gallery, it is my humanoid characters that are the nearest and dearest to my heart, so I'll likely be asking for one of them.