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?'
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).'
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'
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.
"wow! did you draw that?"
.... it's so hard for me to answer in a polite way >.<
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*
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).
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!)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.