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"One of the things people say to me ' Can you do it? You know, i don't really have a budget, It won't take you too long, right, you can just whip it out, right? NO. For me, in order to do that drawing, even if it takes me 10 minutes to do, the reality is it's taken me FORTY YEARS and 10 MINUTES TO DO, because of all of my EXPERIENCE, and that's what's so important to understand that this is YOUR energy and this is YOUR time... These people who are asking you to do this stuff for free, you think they're getting paid? OF COURSE they're getting paid. This happens and this why people do this. This is why there's so many STARVING ARTISTS out there."

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walderworld Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love this man !

And that's right !!

It s what i m telling my students !!
go creative people !
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AwesomeArtist15 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, now I'm kind of scared to post artwork on DA now ._.
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soliton Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nicely put.
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Core-Point Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Thanks for posting the video up.
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avirextin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My art isn't good enough to be paid for. ^^;

I always tend to do stuff for free. (Then again, it's not big companies I do it for. Just the school newspaper and stuff like that.)
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FelipeSmith Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Speaking TROOF! haha

Righteous post, Playboy! ;)
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theartistenrique Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Word the F UP!
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adony Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks for the post! Definetly needed to be said, and he did so very articulately!
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joeyoconnor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Can't agree more. I can tell you've been in the biz for some years. Bottom line, as an artist you only get paid for productivity. Keep in mind most people have jobs where half the time they're paid for showing up. Artists have to produce and even then they sometimes don't get paid. My father had a 40 year career as a electrical engineer. He told me point blank, half the time he did nothing that was of value to the company. But, in the end, he survived 8 years of layoffs till he voluntarily retired. He was one of their best people. Half the time did nothing productive. Imagine what the others who got laid off actually did and pick up a pay check every friday. People will f@#%$ you if given the chance. Everyone will, it's human nature to devalue the gifted ones. They think you love what you do so you'll do it for free. You see most people do a job they couldn't care less about. They feel to love what you do makes it payment enough. Never forget, as long as you can make you're art, you're worth 50 brain dead business people, you're a creative thinker, a person who can think visually,. this is a special skill that's not teachable. Never forget how unusual that is. You're worth 50 laywers. 50 plumbers. And they all get paid brothers. Don't think because you can think this way others can. They can't. Believe me. They don't understand it at all.They think your a freak. They think your not wise to the ways of the world because you still have the abilty to dream. They haven't dreamt since their childhood if at all. Money up front. Money before completion. Not your friend buddy. If you get even a wiff of "hey buddy ole pal, there's a lot work down the road" walk! You can sometimes determine how people t reat you. If you treat yourself so way, people read you and decide they can take advantage of you. You are valuable, put a value on tyourself and build it up. You'll be amazed when you insist on respect you get it. leave relationships that aren't valuable quickly and abruptly, don't stay in touch with users. make new relationships with people who repsect you, they'll lead to other who respect you.
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Sharkmouth-Monkeypaw Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nah LeSean, don't eat me alive bro...
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