#Proactiv is so pathetic. Just look at this cry for money. There is a reason I cancelled. Why are they pestering me still? Wow.


So, you’ve decided to buy something from an artist


I don’t consider myself an artist, but most of my friends are, and I’m married to one. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of behavior that ranges from awkward to outright unacceptable. Here are some dos and don’ts to ensure that your experience with an artist is a good one for both parties. This is based on things I’ve seen myself, and from stories told to me by artists.
Don’t ask why a piece of art “costs that much”. A piece of art is not the end product of just the time and materials to create a piece. It is a result and sum total of the artist’s career as an artist as they learn and hone their skills,  as well as the materials and time spent creating that particular piece.
Do ask how much an available piece costs (assuming that the price isn’t already listed. You looked right?)
Don’t ask how much another customer paid for a custom piece of art.  The price charged to the previous customer was the agreed upon price at the time. It is possible, and even likely, that the price will be different. Artists learn something new with almost every piece they do. What took 10 hours the first time may only take 8 hours the next. But an artist’s hourly rate may have gone up. Prices of materials may have changed. The cost to produce a piece varies constantly. Plus, it’s just a little gauche.
Do ask for your own price quote.
Don’t ask for a duplicate of a custom piece done for or sold to someone else. If a person orders or purchases a custom piece, they often do so with the understanding and expectation that they are buying a one-of-a-kind piece special and unique to them. To redo that same piece devalues the original as a unique piece, and possibly as a collectible item. Most artists also just find it incredibly boring to redo pieces. An artist doesn’t want to create or sell a piece that their heart isn’t in. It’s not fair to the artist or any of the customers involved.
Do try to think of a unique piece or take on the subject matter. An artist may not want to redo a specific piece, but may be willing to do another piece based on the same character or setting.
Don’t expect the artist to come up with all the ideas for you. You want a piece of art featuring your favorite character? Great. Have a couple of ideas of settings or poses before you approach the artist.
Do be willing to listen to feedback from the artist. What sometimes works in your imagination or in one medium does not work when fully realized as a finished piece. A good artist will work with you and find the best way to turn your ideas into reality, but sometimes things just need to be changed a bit.
Don’t ask an artist to copy another artist’s piece. While emulating another artist’s style is certainly a good learning exercise, copying another piece to sell is copyright infringement.
Do ask the original artist if prints/casts are available (assuming it wasn’t a custom or one-of-a-kind).
Don’t try to haggle a price down. Artists typically undercharge as it is. Don’t assume that asking for a piece at a smaller size/version will lower the price.
Do have alternate ideas, or be ready to save up for your purchase. Is what you originally wanted too expensive? Maybe you have an idea for a different piece. If you’re really attached to your original idea, be ready and willing to save up the money and purchase/commission it later.
Don’t expect to be the exception to the rules or try to get special terms or allowances for your purchase. Some artists offer payment plans, others do not.
Do read the artists FAQ/Policies/Terms of service if they have them. It should spell out what what is, or isn’t allowed and what payment plans are offered, if any.
Don’t tell artists how to use their tools or materials better. You don’t know what they’ve tried or what they do. They may have tried it and it didn’t work. Lots of ideas sound good in our heads or on paper, and don’t work out as well in reality.
Do ask artists how they use their tools or materials. Ask if they’ve tried it your way. Offer informed insight. This boils down to attitude and tone. Bad: “Do this instead.” Good: After a conversation leading to it, “have you tried doing this instead?”
Don’t expect free replacements for things you broke or lost. Most artists will work with you as much as they reasonably can if something is damaged or lost in transit, but once it’s in your possession, it’s your responsibility. Broke a zipper on your hoodie? Dropped and shattered a sculpture?  Sorry, that’s on you.
Do take care of your purchases. Love them. Keep them safe. Hug them (if applicable). Put them in places your cat, younger sibling or drunk roommate are less likely to knock it over. Should something break, read the artist’s FAQ/Policies/Terms of Service if they have them. It should go over exactly what is covered, and for how long.
Don’t ask for freebies, or free/spec work. For many artists, art isn’t a hobby - it’s their living. They don’t have time to make you free art. We’re all very sure that your new game/book/comic/restaurant/store really is going to be the next big thing. Part of building a business the right way is properly valuing your talent and assets - that includes the artists you hire - “hire” being the operative word. Exposure is great. Food on the table is even better.
Do contact artists with well thought out opportunities that acknowledge and value their time, skill, and effort. Just understand that they may not be as passionate about your project as you are.
Don’t just contact an artist about a commission simply because you like some of their art. Every artist has their own interests and goals. Many artists just don’t like doing certain subjects or creating art in certain styles/mediums. They also have limited time. While your project may be interesting or fun, it may not benefit the artist in any way particular way other than helping to pay bills. Many artists need to be selective to balance personal growth with financial stability.
Do read the artist’s FAQ/Policies/Terms of Service if they have them. These will often tell you what sort of things that artist does not do, or is interested in doing.  Look through all of the artist’s work that is available to view. You may notice certain strengths, weaknesses, or interests. Choose an artist that has both a strength and interest in what you want. An artist who typically does a bright Disney-esque style is less likely to be interested in doing a bloody war scene.
Don’t be a creeper or be inappropriate. Just because you’ve gotten a response to an email or comment, or because you’ve purchased something from an artist, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re BFF’s now. Being friendly is not the same as being friends. Until you’re friends, a general rule would be to not say anything that would be inappropriate to say to any random person on the street.
Do be conscious of boundaries. Be polite, complete your transactions or interactions, and move along.
Don’t come across like a five year-old (unless you are one). No one is expecting your message to read like a Pulitzer winning story, but thoughts should be mature and cohesive. Proper grammar and punctuation go a long way.
Do proofread your messages before you hit post/send. If you’re dealing with an artist in person, pause for a moment and think about what you’re about to say - and don’t ever be a creeper or inappropriate.
Don’t automatically assume that the artist knows what you’re talking about or loves things as much as you do. Not everyone shares the same interests as you, or is as well versed as you. Many artists who do custom work are only as informed as they need to be to complete a project.
Do clearly explain what it is you’re looking for, providing examples as necessary. Remember to not be inappropriate here.
Don’t forget your manners! Sending your message may have only taken a few moments, but many artists take out a lot of time to respond to emails and interact with people. 
Do at least say, “thank you” when you receive a response to your message. This is especially important if you requested a price quote as these take a lot more time than most people ever expect. 
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don’t mistreat people who are sincerely kind

don’t use them for their generosity

and for fuck’s sake don’t take them for granted expecting them to always be there because they’re nice

good-natured people can be worn down so much that even they can become jaded

treat these people right

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I’m laughing so fucking hard it hurts.  Oh my god this kid is ridiculous ahahaha

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OMGGGGGG!!! Cutie!! I’m gonna keep you.

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when your ship has every key element and fact that could prove its canon, but its technically not


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ever wonder how different your life would be if that one thing never happened


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I have learned that if you are down, stay down. Don’t get back on your fucking feet until you are prepared to stand. Don’t get up until you have learned why you fell. Nine times out of ten, it is because you were weighing down on someone who could no longer hold you. You gave someone your power. You forgot about yourself. Let me tell you something - there is one person there for you. One person. It’s the same person that wipes your shit and feeds you and cleans up your vomit after a drunken night. It’s the same person who brushes your teeth and tends to your wounds and gets your crying ass out of the shower. The same one that tucks you into bed and cradles you in the night and fights off the darkness and embraces the light. It’s you. It’s always been you. Don’t get off that fucking ground because you see somebody you know or somebody you want to know, or somebody you can rely on. Wipe your fucking face and get up for you. Because you can. Because it’s the least of what you owe yourself.

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