the short version: I just wanted to make a general announcement here that I'm NOT taking comishes currently. Several people have asked about it since I came back, and I just get tired of having to explain it so many times ^^;
the long version: The thing is, I took on too many comishes a while back and everybody bugged me at the same time about their's. I couldn't really have a normal conversation anymore because of this...there was always that ulterior motive. Not their fault...I'd be curious too if I'd paid somebody to do something for me. Well..multiply this over months, add in some art block, and isolation - and you pretty much got my experience.
During this I had a 'friend' tell me that I should do it for "the popularity" - which in my mind merely amounted to "do what everybody wants you to do and they'll like you for it and wanna be yer friend". Nope - not good enough. Since when are my own ideas not good enough to motivate me?
Another reason given to me was "do it for the money". Seriously....do art BECAUSE of money? That's even worse than doing it to be popular!!! *face paws* I'd rather be a garbage man for the money!! Again, it's putting my IDEAS second.
I did some searching around and reading about this whole creativity process and found some interesting stuff. For instance did you know that these factors can essentially kill creativity for a person:
What's this gotta do with comissions? A heck of a lot! I've ran into every single one of those stumbling blocks in my time here on the net as a furry artist.
I did art for someone I owed at one point while he was watching me through manycam on skype. Every 5 seconds he would try to direct what I was doing. The angle of an object I was drawing, then the emotion of the character....nothing was good enough for this guy at the time. It frusterated the hell out of me and made me miserable. Of course I never got through it and we called it quits (thank god). I'd say this is a good example of the Surveillance and Restricted Choice factors above.
I've had another person tell me I should draw toons like "that artist" because he found it to be sexy. -_- (Competition).
With reward...well..lol, we've already seen how well that turned out.
So, in getting over my art block...in essence, I got away from the people that had such a effect on me, and then decided "to hell with everybody and their opinions, I'm getting this over with then doing my own thing". So, here I am. I might do comishes just for one or two people at a time at some point. Nothing crazy anymore. I thought I could or "should" be like those other artists that crank out pics everyday for others, but that's just not me.