I kind of can't believe I need to make a journal about this, but apparently I do. And this isn't just regarding me, but for artists everywhere.
Note: I do know that most people are respectful and understanding, but to those who are not... this is for you.
DO NOT approach an artist acting as though your going to get a commission as an attempt to get free art. This is rude, disrespectful, and all around a waste of both our time and yours. If you cannot afford a commission or do not wish to pay for one, see if they say somewhere on their page if they do requests or ASK them. If we say we do not, please respect that.
I, and many other artists, use commissions as a supplement to income. I know many who use art as their ONLY income. If we do not take requests, it is likely that we do not feel that we can fit it into our already limited free time. Think about it: We have jobs, families, friends, and hobbies aside from art that we want to participate in/with. We have our own projects and pieces that we want to work on. But we set aside time to create pictures for others for some money in return.
"But I have a really cool crazy amazing character. This character is totes legit the next Twilight Sparkle or whatever. You should totes draw him/her for free because he/she is so cool and it will get more people to look at your page." Cool story brah. I've got all these things over here that I want to spend my time on. Some of which will earn me money. But no, a few more potential views are cool. Maybe it WILL be more fun than all these other things I WANT to draw. I should get right on that.
In all seriousness, I understand a few people who do this are trolls. But it's happened to me and several of my artist friends enough times for me to believe that they are not all trolls. And for those of you who just really Really REALLY want art but can't afford it? Sorry, but artists need to feed their faces too. You're not going to get that new crazy amazing hip product for free just because you really want it. Just because it is illustration doesn't make it any less of a product or a service. This takes our time and resources. What makes it worth any less than somebody else's?
And keep in mind, there are artists out there who DO do requests! Heck, if you are an artist that does, say so down in the comments and I'll make a spiffy feature journal to spread the word.
And sometimes those of us that don't do requests sometimes hold contests, raffles, and auctions that will sometimes result in free art. It's not something that happens all the time, but it does happen. Heck, if you're currently holding a contest/raffle/auction, let me know and I'll feature you, too!
Also, please don't try to butter us up and become "friends" just so you can get free art as well. I consider this even more disrespectful than anything I've talked about this far.
We don't say no to requests to be mean or keep those who don't have money from getting art. We have our own reasons. Sorry... but we're not sorry.
In closing: imgur.com/5XUHdmp