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August 22, 2013


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And you shouldn't either. 

I only direct your attention here because I receive a LOT of requests of for free artwork, whether it be logos, character design and sometimes even graphic novels all intended to be for free. 

I'm a working professional making a living with my art. So clearly I won't be doing art for free, when it's my job to do it. BUT, I also support the idea that even artists who work freelance or even just as a hobby shouldn't work for free. 

Please check out this video by Stephen Silver who explains this way better than I ever could

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finalknight0x3 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
I've never understood why people don't want to pay you for the art work they asked you too do?
majin88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
'nother great reference is, "Pay the Writer" by Harlan Ellison on youtube!
Georgia-O-Queef Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never been comfortable asking for art without paying the artist. It feels awkward and entitled to expect a random person to drop what their doing and cater to people's often esoteric, boring interests for the hell of it.
TravisHarris Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Frohickey Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
If I ever get such requests, I tell them that I'm sure they must have a relative who'll do it for free. That way they'll get what they pay for.
zen-like Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing this one man, good insight from this guy, not just this video but also his other ones.
oyetoons Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Preach on! Aside from doing sketches for close friends, I'm sick of doing artwork for free.
Palidoozy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know I used to always feel bad about charging money for my art for some reason. One of the things that actually made me reconsider and start charging people, y'know, reasonable prices, is because it brings everyone else's worth down if you drop down to free/cheap as shit. Furthermore... I work a salaried job at a company. I don't feel right receiving a good yearly salary from them, but yet, doing work for someone else for SO MUCH CHEAPER.

When I was a younger artist (barely--it was only about 1-2 years back) I would take bread crumbs for artwork because I was so desperate. Not anymore.
Lelpel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad more and more artists are standing up about this - I really feel like the tide is turning - good on you Matt for having the balls to spread the word in such an open forum - it's about time we had some talented brave people say enough is enough! 
Kamakru Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I think this "You should do it for free because you enjoy it" mindset leaks into everything these days :/
"You became a hair stylist because you love it, so please cut my hair for free" "you love working on cars, please fix my car for free"
Compensation doesn't always have to be in monetary form (although, it's nice, because the electric company prefers that!). But if I'm going to give away free art, I want that to be *my* decision, not the expectation.
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