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Have you ever been asked to work on a commission or license your work for free? 

63%
446 deviants said No
35%
247 deviants said Yes
2%
15 deviants said Other (comment)

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:iconricky4:
ricky4 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
Yes and I'm not very delighted with the idea of having someone taking your "40 hours of painting piece" just to show it on another website for free! :doh:
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RenaDementia-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
TONS of times, it pisses me off.
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Sure :lol:
Two persons asked me for free commissions, I told them my time is too precious and the only free stuff I do are art trades.
A ton of people want to use my art for non-commercial stuff, half of them walk away with permission O.o I don't allow templates, banners and generally stuff that can be redistributed somewhere, but there should be a couple of weblogs hanging around with my manips used in custom templates for that blog only.
There were a few persons who wanted to use my art commercially and I always said no. Nobody offered to pay me for that. O_o

What's funny, the most people want to use my inked stuff as tattoos :lol: I usually agree :) I also did several custom designs. I liked it, but I'm disappointed why nobody ever sent me a photo of their tattoos. :( I wonder if they even made these tattoos at all. ._.
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blackvalentine6sic6 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009   Digital Artist
sure..but i never will do it whahaa :D
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arhcamt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
yeah.. and i said i don't license for free. :)
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:iconorcbruto:
orcbruto Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If I ever made a commission for free? Oh yes! Its good because you get more famous, even if you don't receive money straight ahead... =D

Sometimes a free commission can bring other payed ones
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Jenna-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I've been asked quite a few times, and every time I've said no. I've never been asked for a commission, but always to just let someone use my art for a book or album or something, but although they can pay for that they can't afford to pay me. So I say no. It takes my time & money to make the things I do, and no one seems to appreciated it; they just want to use it to their own ends.
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TheImperfectImpala Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Yeah. :dohtwo: It kind of feels like they're taking our work for granted. :raincloud:
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:iconmaydaykoigo:
MaydayKoigo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Not officially, just favours really - I've hardly had any requests though.
It must be very frustrating, but I envy the interest at the same time lol.
xxx
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wolfmorphine Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I get that constantly! Usually the request also comes attached to some excuse about "being poor" to be able to pay me, but really hoping that I'll find it in my heart to make them what they want anyway. Sorry, but I'm not running a charity here. No money, no art... period.

Of course, I don't put it quite like that. I just politely inform the person that art is part of how I make my living, so I do not simply give away prints, custom art, or licenses. I then quote them a price on what they originally asked for and let them know they're welcome to contact me in the future if they find that they do have it in their budget to pay me after all.

That seems to be the norm around Deviant Art though. I think a lot of people think of this as a good place to come if you want someone talented, but who is probably willing to give their art away for either nothing or very little. Even people seriously looking to have someone work on a CD cover, book cover, or anything else for commercial purposes seem to feel that way.

I have, however, met more serious clients through freelance job boards, existing client relationships, and so forth that are much more serious about actually paying for what they want though. Not everyone interested in art is as cheap and presumptuous as people are around these parts.
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Sharringan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
yes...i get it one everyday. It is very frustrating and i am definitelly going to put up a really big sign with "no free comissions" because i don't think they will get it soon. I also hate people that not only want a free comission but they want something you don't do...somebody asked me for a scuplture :O Where the hell did they get the idea that i do sculpture???
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ryuji90 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
well... just comisions. ^^; i'm not very good. i just like to draw for fun, really. i've had a few people ask me to draw something for them, so i do.
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
I have had on several occasions people wanting to use my work for free in a commercial venture... needless to say after I stopped crying from laughing I politely declined :lol:
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:iconartanda:
ArtAnda Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I offered a couple of prizes at contests.. does it count?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
several times, some people think I should be honored to be asked to do something for them...
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:iconrozrr:
Rozrr Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I used to do commissioned oil paintings. Not any more. Now I do what I choose. After all it's my art...
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:iconjustmeandmycoffee:
justmeandmycoffee Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
I don't do commission or anything... so I said other.
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:iconravenhawk13:
ravenhawk13 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009   Interface Designer
I did a couple of logos, for local businesses. the work was done under the barter system, I do something for them and vise versa. And yea I use to get a lot of people asking me to design a tattoo for them. I had to put a stop to it, I never got paid and the tat artist got all the credit.
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:iconmelyannam:
MelyannaM Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Yes. >_> I hate when they want it for free. Like "Use this opportunity to make your self more known"...LOL :sarcasm:
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:iconemberroseart:
EmberRoseArt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
I have been asked many times and always for free. Except for that guy that wated to pay 5 miserable euros.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional
He sure could have added in a cookie at least! :shakefist:
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:iconemberroseart:
EmberRoseArt Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
with milk! :shakefist:
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional
Most definitely with milk! And hot chocolate! :shakefist:
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:iconemberroseart:
EmberRoseArt Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
hot chocolate is a must! :shakefist:
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional
....I just made one! :giggle:


Hot chocolate with a dash of cinnammon! :shakefist:
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:iconemberroseart:
EmberRoseArt Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
stop that. You are making me hungry =(
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional
I sorry =( I would share! *offers hot chocolate and cookies* :aww:
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ayas-shadow Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Yes, I've been commissioned...by a friend. *laughs* For a really really big piece (far more than I'm used to) that I'm still working on when time and inspiration permits.
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SleeplessImaginarium Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Yep me too! The only exception I'm making is for a best friend, who is starting her first indie record company.
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
I do CSS journal commissions but people have never asked it for free so far, but they often ask me about art trade. I said yes to some friends, but I don't say yes anymore now because I really need money in the moment.
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WildRainOfIceAndFire Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
constantly :raincloud:
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:iconfrozenstarro:
FrozenStarRo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I have. On several ocassions and it's starting to get on my nerves.
It's like thinking I have nothing better to waste my time and energy on something just for kicks.
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