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How to mildly annoy your artist. Guide.

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 20, 2016, 7:29 AM



Maybe it’s not a common knowledge how to NOT annoy the artist. That’s why I want to make this list. Would be awesome if you guys can share this list to spread the message so it will make easier life for us, artists :)


The worst question/ messages you can send to artist a.k.a. ‘How to annoy your artist’



Message 1: 'Can I be You friend?'


No >_<


Explanation: Would You pick random person on the street, come to him/her and ask this question? If answer is no then don’t ask people this people on the internet. Plus. Do you even realize what a term  ‘friend’ means? Friendship is earned, it’s not a matter of question. With time two people just start to realize they are friends. This question is just really, really awkward one.


Message 2. 'I love your art, I’m a big fan! <3 <3 <3 Can you draw me/ my girlfriend/ my dog(for free of course <3).'



No >_<


Explanation: This is innocent enough but after getting like hundreds of these messages artist is just tired. This person don’t want commission the artist but just think that being a fan means artist will draw for free. Well… no. Drawing is our job and if you really respect artist you would want to pay for work.


Message 3. 'Can I use your work for my own intellectual property/ Commercial use'


No >_<


Explanation: So you want to release something to the world that will be commercially, meaning you want to make a profit out of someone else work. Good that you at least asked (usually artist find his/her work on the internet without any credits). If you feel like you can use someone else’s drawing in your work - again - commission the artist. Pay some money for the product that will be made just for you. With the purchase you gain the rights to spread and use the artwork how you want.


Message 4. ‘Can I have your private phone/private mail?’


O_O ?! No! What for?! There are reasons why I don’t put personal data on the internet. It’s for family or people I know. Any other info will be available for clients.


Message 5. ‘Can you send me your photos/ Can I send you my photos?’


No! But even if I say no to second question, it’s not always possible to avoid getting some… interesting pictures. Ahem …


Lesson to be taken here.

We are all humans here on the internet. Not a persona or a robot that has some image. The thing that we have social profiles on the internet doesn’t mean that all rules of etiquette don’t apply. It’s the same savoir vivre like in real life but internet seems to blur the lines. 
After some of these kind of messages it's no more entertaining but really tiring.


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:iconjaitam:
jaitam Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
my favorite question (i upload my drawing with some notes about how i have done it):
"wow! did you draw that?"
.... it's so hard for me to answer in a polite way >.<
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:iconartproducer95:
ArtProducer95 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would just politely say, "Flattering to hear you say that XD Yes, sir/mam, I did. Read the description, please ^_^" Or something like that. Trust me, those questions annoy me too It's like no one reads descriptions anymore :'D
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:iconstettafirezero:
StettafireZero Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Writer
Yup, I can confirm no one reads descriptions.
I write literature on DA and in the title of the pieces I put things such as 'chapter 40' etc. Then, normally in the description, I will put the link to the previous piece.

I still get complaints that said chapters don't feel like 'complete stories' *facepalm*
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:iconsligking:
Sligking Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
*facepalm*
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:iconari-shai:
ari-shai Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
zapomniałaś dodać... czy możesz mi przesłać w wysokiej jakości obrazek, bo chcę sobie zrobić fototapetę!

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Kruca xD
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:iconmannequin-atelier:
mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Niezłe! Ta jasne i może jeszcze w gratisie coś oryginalnego zmalować z dedykacją. Co za bezczelność :D Haha :D 
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ari-shai Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
haha :D albo jeszcze często na instagramie dostaję takie wiadomości: Jestem popularny, wszyscy mnie rysują, narysuj ty też mnie! :D

Kocham ludzi </3
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jaldridge1 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
I haven't been asked all of these, but "Will you draw me?" is way too common. I have no motivation to draw a crazy person I just met. (Most of the time)
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mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Right. Too many random people on the internet will ask that. Although I've been ask this question while I was drawing in subway :) I guess... people just assume that every artist love drawing so much that will draw every single person on the planet :D
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:iconpoisonedseaserpent:
PoisonedSeaSerpent Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD and when you actually do draw a picture for them then they ask why something is the wrong color when in the reference they gave you it had the same colors that you used, or something along those lines. -_-
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Sligking Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2016
Here's one to add, and I know a few artists will attest to this; ask the artist to do subject matter they specifically have said they don't do, or ask them repeatedly after they tell you they don't do it.

Hell, I don't even -do- commissions and people have asked me some of these things.  Which is creepy...

Now, if we can just make this journal entry the home page for all of DevArt (and maybe every other art site).
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:iconmannequin-atelier:
mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. It's common actually to have those people. It looks like they think that the fact you make art means you do everything - every topic. Really annoying when I am getting constant offers to draw something '18+' like weird fetish. They just so desperate for someone who fulfill the fantasy so they try and try... And yes - it's creepy.
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great read. Luckily I haven't had this kind of thing happen to me since I don't draw or anything. I have had a few spammers over the past few months: one went beyond a zealous fan.
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Doomy-the-Houndoom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow xD can we send this through to like everyone on dA so they can understand
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:iconignaziodelmar:
IgnazioDelMar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist
My best loved is: "I really love your art, but I think you should start drawing ... instead of what you usually do."
Followed by: "I see you are always looking for interesting projects. If you want to practise, I could offer you my garage door, it could use some cool illustration on it" (No, he was not joking!)
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:iconmannequin-atelier:
mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa, really? Yea this story sounds like a joke haha! :D
But seriously... people giving advices to artist how to draw. Like... if you don't like something you just to do it your way and don't preach what others should draw. 
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artfx-9 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think "friend" is a relative term nowadays when the majority of people spend most time online, sadly. If being "friend" is just looking for acknowledgment that a person likes your work, perhaps it's fine, but I suppose a lot of people who say they want to be "friends" with strangers just want to get free stuff.  It's interesting how that works.

Also being able to contact an amazing artist on the other side of the world while still anonymous is an unbelievable opportunity and power we have nowadays, and without the formal barrier. Can you imagine chatting with Ozzy or something. For some it's similar. So I would say it's just things fans do with the power of the internet connectivity. 

But it got me thinking, how do you approach someone you are a fan of and say you like his work without sounding like a fanboy/girl? Or perhaps not be afraid to have a formal contact for a future. Let's remember that the average mental age of the internet is about 12 yr. (no offence to anyone 12).
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:iconmannequin-atelier:
mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting points. 
I see it is possible. That it is a way of looking for acknowledgment, letting the artist know that 'I am here...pay attention to me please'. If it's a plan to get stuff for free then I really don't understand how they imagine this could work.
What they get in return is opposite - lack of attention. I see this only working with very young people here. But anyone mature won't fall for that.

Yeah. I would contact an artist I admire. But I wouldn't ask my art guru if he want to be friends. It always have to be interesting enough what I am saying for the person to reply. I always think that when I write to someone I need to be engaging and need to show that I am not randomly spamming. Showing interest in the work and having very specific question. Being always very respectful because I really understand that artist are busy people.

But that is possible to do when You put yourself in the position of the person you write to. It requires empathy. The thing is... I don't see a lot of empathy on the internet.
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Haha! So true!
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:iconshiranova:
Shiranova Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016   General Artist
I got the first two several times ...
I don't even understand why you would ask someone you don't know to be your friend. I assume the people that ask this question are rather young but still.
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:iconmannequin-atelier:
mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I see...so it's pretty common question  Maybe there is no awareness that it's inappropriate. 
If they are young then I think there needs to be more awareness spread of what is 'appropriate'. I mean... I really don't like to teach people to behave and I would be probably last person to show guidelines to people. But when I am the one affected by someones behavior ... I would rather prefer other people to see my clear statement on the issue.  
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:iconshiranova:
Shiranova Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016   General Artist
On the one hand, I think the problem is that many people are too young to join DeviantArt. On the other hand, I think we cannot generalize that. There are some young people who are older ones way ahead when it comes to behaviour. I guess it's the internet and we have to deal with it. I mean I don't get personally offended if someone asks me this question but I just always wonder why they do that? (Aside from wanting to get art of course.)
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:iconcederien:
Cederien Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Seeing it's so common I wonder if it might be connected to the Watch feature. It's checked there by default, never thought much of it, but now I wonder...
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Fedodika Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I've gotten a few of these, especially the "can i be your friend thing." It's cute but... makes me feel bad that i don't have enough time for everyone
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:iconmannequin-atelier:
mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah we can't be friends with everyone on the internet. Just like in real life. Although seems like some people think the is no problem with having 1000 'true friends' :)
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:iconcederien:
Cederien Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Kudos to any artist only 'mildly' annoyed by such messages/questions. I would likely be ... 'rather irritated' to say the least.  Some people... <sigh>
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mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha. Yes I didn't want to show really how irritating this can be and wanted to find a 'nicer' word... But yes, it's a pain thats just adds on the pile of stuff to deal with every day.
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:iconkadiyan:
kadiyan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Haha, I can't believe people actually ask these things <3
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:iconmannequin-atelier:
mannequin-atelier Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
On the internet.... yes. It's like there are no boundaries :D
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