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Why Artists Shouldn't Do Art For Free

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 30, 2013, 1:15 AM

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I'm seriously not trying to come off as an asshole, or to call anyone in particular out. But this is something I seriously need to get off my chest, as it is a subject that is very important to me. If you value me and respect my work, you will read it, and hear me out.

I am an artist. Yes, that means I create art, whether it's digitally, or traditionally. With a camera, or with paints. I love what I do. I have been blessed with a talent. A skill. A trade. Even with this, I go to school, for years, to refine my skills and master them. Much like any other person in a profession.

Does not a mechanic work hard, and had to learn quite a bit, accumulating knowledge pertaining to their profession over many years? Sometimes even a life time?

Or how about a Lawyer? Do they not spend years, and take on incredible debt, to get their degree, and to practice law?

Or what about a doctor? A chef? A teacher? A plumber? A construction worker?

So what's my point? All of these professions/career fields I listed, are all respected jobs. And they get paid for their work. Their craft. Their trade. Their skill set.

So why does everyone take a shit on artists? Why do you all ask us for free art?

Do you people realize, that when you do this, it's like asking a psychologist for a free professional opinion? They did not go to school, to give you what they worked hard for, for free. God bless those who do, and do so in 3rd world countries, but most of society doesn't roll like that. And here's why:

There are these things called bills. Artists have those too, as well as families to take care of in regards to health insurance, providing food, clothes, and shelter. I'm sorry, but I don't have time right now, to make you 'free art' because you are:

A.) Family
B.) An In-Law
C.) My Friend
D.) Because you feel as though art should be free
E.) You presume that since I like doing it, I can do it for free for fun
F.) You presume that what I do, is simple, and thus it won't take long to create

And I'm going to break this down to you guys so you can clearly understand where I am coming from.

:bulletblue: A- Family
You ain't paying my bills, buying my food, paying my mortgage, my car note, ect. Fuck you. Pay me. I still love you, but if I give my shit to you for free, then I shouldn't have the right to sell to anyone else who isn't of 'blood.'

:bulletblue: B- In-Laws
You aren't blood. Sorry, but if I got a divorce tomorrow, you guys wouldn't be there to help... nor do I expect you to. Fuck you. Pay me.

:bulletblue: C- My Friends
You fuckers already know, I know you ain't paying my bills. You probably know me from the 'hood' or from the Corps. So you assholes know how it is to work hard for your shit. Fuck you. Pay me.

:bulletblue: D- Because you feel as though art should be free
You're an asshole. Fuck you. Pay me.

:bulletblue: E- You presume that since I like doing art, I can do it for free
Yes. I like to do art. I like to communicate through art. And yes I can do it for free, just as easily as I can tell you, "Fuck you. Pay me."

:bulletblue: F- You presume that what I do is simple, and thus won't take long to create
Yes. It's simple to me. Wanna know why? Because I worked my fucking ass off to attain the knowledge that I have about art. About art composition, color theory, design, technique, etc. I've spent not only money on supplies, tools, and instruction, but time. Time is non-refundable. And yet, because to me, my art is simple to create, or rather execute, it doesn't mean that there isn't a process that involves planning, drafting, and working out many times, before the resulted 'finished product' that I present. This takes time. It's tedious. And thus, FUCK YOU. PAY ME.

I swear to all of you, you ask me, one more god damn time, for free photos, free art, or free whatever, because of whatever obligation you think I have to you, I will make an example out of you, in the most embarrassing way possible, it will be hilarious, and then promptly put on blast on as many social media's as I can conjure, including /b/. Why? Because you are an asshole. I don't go around asking you for free work. If anything, I'd ask for a favor, and offer to pay you. Either with currency, my time, or other services.

Also, don't ask any other artist for free art. That is incredibly rude, and insulting. If you want something, offer to pay.... something! And don't pressure them, or guilt tripping them into doing art for you either. That's so fucked up and manipulative, no matter who you are asking.

Lastly, you little fucks who give away your art for free. FUCK YOU! You are the very reason why I have to explain myself in the first place! You devalued, not only yourself, like a little art slut, but everyone else who uses their talent's as their bread and butter!

Stop asking artists (i.e. ME, LYDIA LOVE COLLISON) for free art. I am in college, trying to earn my degree. The art I make and post here, is for my degree. I've worked hard to maintain my GPA of 3.6, and to really be the best artist, and person, I can be. Don't insult me, and disrespect my talents, just because you are ignorant as to what my job/skill set pertains to.


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I'm from Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

I'm a former Active Duty Marine. I was a Combat Camera Photographer in the Corps and got out with the rank of Sgt. I am currently residing in the Puyallup, WA area and have plans to finish my Video Gaming Art & Design degree at the Art Institute of Seattle, WA.

I am a costume and prop maker, a digital artist, a photographer, a gamer, a musician, a mom, a wife, and a hell of a great person if you can handle my tomfoolery and shenanigans.

I love Star Wars. I love Comics & older Anime. I love Slipknot and Metal in general, from Metalcore to Folk (Viking) Metal as well as other types of music. I love my Baltimore Ravens. And I love automotives.

I hate internet kids and their perpetual internet egos. I hate people who hate me and others based upon religion and political beliefs. I hate drama bitches queens and the like. And I hate bandwagon fans of anything... but generally just trendy kids and Steelers fans.

I have a short temper with quick wit to match. I scour the internet to learn and comprehend anything and everything I can that is within human grasp. I enjoy a stiff drink and cigarettes as well as weight lifting and the art of fighting.

I walk my post from flank to flank, and take no shit from any rank. And I have no problems handing out much needed ass chewings and beatings. I'm blunt, but honest. Firm, yet fair.

Think you got what it takes to chill with me? Feel free to send me a message to "Darth Collison" on XBL or to "Darth-Collison" on PS3. If you have neither, come find me in #JediOrder. Or if you want to test your luck with me in the streets, gimme a holla.

"Life is short, and so is my patience..."~Love Collison

Current Age: 27, Current Residence: Originally from Baltimore, Md at the moment I am residing in Puyallup, WA, Favourite genre of music: Metal, Favourite photographer: the people that take nakie pix of men!, Personal Quote: "Fuck 'em if they can't take me for a joke!" ~Lcpl Woodruff and Lcpl Collison

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