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Artists Are Sick Of Being Asked To Work For Free, AndThis Artist Decided To Draw The Ridiculous Requests They Get

By Nadine / mercredi 28 mars 2018 05:30
Whether you're an artist or not, these requests are a hardcore FML.

The Twitter Account Forexposure_txt was created solely to expose assholes on the internet who think artists should essentially work for free. The account posts screenshots of conversations between artists and people asking for comissions, and the shock that people express when they find out that art is a real job that requires real money.

Emmie Tsumura, an illustrator and graphic designer from Toronto, decided to paint a few of the submissions, wonderfully depicting the people she imagines are behind the keyboard. The drawings were created for Format Magazine, for a series aptly called "For Exposure." We decided to take after our pals at Bored Panda and post a few of our favorites.

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By  ohsnapword  |  20

I want you to replace the roof on my house. I can't pay you, but you can put a little sign on my front lawn, you know, for exposure.

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By  ohsnapword  |  20

I want you to replace the roof on my house. I can't pay you, but you can put a little sign on my front lawn, you know, for exposure.

By  AkaiKitsune  |  27

Yep, this sounds so familiar.

As an artist myself I'd also like to add:

-Pay you? But I'm your frieeeeennnd?! Why would I need to pay you?
-Can you finish [ridiculously complicated design/piece] by tomorrow morning? Thanx! Oh, you want money for having to work all night and being rushed to finish? Why do you need that?

Or the ever popular...

-what do you mean you have a waiting list for commissions? And you charge? Money? Like actual money?

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  Zyblix  |  15

I date a digital artist, not one who does it as a career but a hobbyist who is open to commissions. I love their work and occasionally will ask them to draw me something but I make it clear I don't want special treatment and will pay their usual rate. If they say no because we've been dating for 6 years and they don't want to seem "selfish" for accepting money from me, I usually just buy them a nice gift (read: games we can co-op from steam and/or world of warcraft subscription time)

There is no excuse to not pay an artist of any form whether it be paint on canvas, digital art, photography, music, etc. Art is not easy and just like any career, they need money to live no matter how much they love the job.

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