Yes, I just love to rant about anything that just gets on my nerves. I usually talk about those matters with my fiancé, but since my most recent 'I-am-so-fucking-pissed-off' crisis concerns many people around here (not that I was angry about you, but because you will totally understand how I feel about it), I thought it was time I share it on here.
This week, I wrote an insanely long status on Facebook about people ordering drawings to artists. If you take commissions, you know the awesome feeling when someone chooses YOU in the massive pool of incredible artists that is deviantArt. You also know it may even get really difficult to pay bills and buy food when you draw for a living. You know what it is to live as an artist. Most people don't seem to get it, tho.
So, many months ago, an IRL friend (well, I can't really call him 'friend'. It's more like... meh, I lost the word. It's a 'connaissance' to me. Just Google translate it from French to English and you'll get my point. I'm quite lazy tonight, sorry.) asked for a chibi of his son. Let's call this guy Mike for the sake of my story. So, I thought it was an adorable idea! In the same week, another friend (my fiancé's cousin, let's call her Mily) also asked for a chibi. I wasn't in a really good mood when she asked for it, so I just said "Yeah sure, I'll make it as soon as I get better" and didn't tell her about payment of anything. As for Mike, I told him "It'll be $15. I ask for payment first."
This week, I received another note on here asking if I could draw a free chibi. Hell no, I don't do requests and I NEVER will. Understood? It drove me crazy, and here came the facebook status. For my Facebook friends who don't speak French, I'll translate it roughly. "Have you ever tried to pay your bills with children laughs or sunshines and rainbows? Let's face the facts: if you do, you'll get in deep shit real fast. That's the same for me. If I could buy pants with a bowl of Lucky Charms, I'd gladly do so. But I can't. That's not how things work. If you don't want to pay for your chibi, don't ask me to draw for free, and just leave me the fuck alone." I mean, seriously. I ask 15 bucks for a fucking drawing that'll take me up to 6 hours to make, which means I'm paid $2,50 / hour. Who should complain here? (by the way, this is Canadian dollars. Use a money converter to get a clear idea of how you really don't have to whine)
Two days after I wrote it on Facebook, I noticed I didn't have any more feedback from Mike, who's that kind of person to share and write about anything 20 times a day. Out of curiosity, I searched for him, and man... he deleted me from his friends! How immature can you be, now? XD DUDE! You're 33! Come on! Act like a man! The same day, Mily, who's a bit younger than me (she's 25 if I recall well) sent me a note and asked how much I charge for a chibi and which method she may use to send her payment. Then I realized: maturity doesn't come with age, and isn't given to everyone XD
That's it. Since I tend to get customers that just don't pay, I lost a freaking lot of time and money (indeed), and I had to take serious decisions that I won't change anymore. You can't pay with points any longer. Paypal only. And I also lowered my prices. This way I hope I can get many more commissioners. I really need customers, since all my pants are falling apart. And I ran out of Lucky Charms.You can find my commissions informations here
Thanks for reading
It feels nice to rant. I actually think I shall do it more often, haha!