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Whippy

the deal with being away

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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:

*Surveillance
*Reward
*Competition
*Restricted Choice
*Extrinsic (outer) Motivational Orientation

The only way to really protect against these would be to make them take a back seat to your intrinsic motivations or to make them work in service of it. You can read the paper on that research here: http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10033.aspx
It's good stuff :)

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.
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Added: 7 years, 5 months ago
 
DraculJOSHI
7 years, 5 months ago
Do it to create something awesome that makes you and other people happy.
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
Heh! :) At the moment, I'm getting interested in the characters themselves.  Their shape, emotion, and color. I feel pretty good when I'm really into it and I'm sure that it shows in the final piece.
SenGrisane
7 years, 5 months ago
You usally commission an artist so you get a drawing in their style and not someone else's <.<

I know about those blocking things. Often they are annoying. But somethines good can come from it, like trying something you never have thought of trying before during a commission/trade.
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
Yes, that's true. I've had that happen a few times, and it's quite a fun challenge.
SenGrisane
7 years, 5 months ago
As long as you have fun it's all okay :3
comjuke
7 years, 5 months ago
HEY! You could have talk to me.
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
Some that I talked to during that time had very little patience to listen or understand what I was going through.  I had very little faith in anybody after that.
comjuke
7 years, 5 months ago
I have all the time in the world to listen
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
see the above statement..
comjuke
7 years, 5 months ago
come on Skype Im on right now and Ill listen
ElMatto
7 years, 5 months ago
If it doesn't make you happy or comfortable, just don't draw it. That's their problem. *hugs*
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
Indeed it is, hehe. *snugs back*
thelapisfox
7 years, 5 months ago
this is why, when i commission an artist, all i care about is 3 things, characters, main positioning, and act, the rest is artistic freedom.
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
Sounds good to me.
cheetahjab
7 years, 5 months ago
I dont think I ever mentioned my commission in talks with you, in the years of doing this I know how rediculious that sort of thing can be, I'm sorry people have compounded issues for you, and I hope you can find a way to make it enjoyable for YOU again

Best wishes.. Cheetah
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
Thanks Cheetah. *hugs* I'm working on that process every day ^^
Christaphorac
7 years, 5 months ago
    I'm sorry to hear you encountered these issues in such a big heinous way.
    I hardly ever bug anybody when I commission them. I prefer to just let them git awn with it. I hate micromanaging. :P
        And when I do commission somebody, I do it because I like *their* style. Why would anybody do otherwise? I don't get it.
        I know I wanna commission you, but it's because of the way *you* do characters, and that's that. I love the dog in the "Letting Go" picture, for example, and I couldn't imagine him being drawn any other way. And that's why I think the idea I haz wouldn't look the same drawn by any other artist that I can see. ^^
   I hope this all makes sense. I'm sort of typing off the top of my head.~
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
It does make sense. Nothing wrong with typing off the top of your head, heh, it's a little more like speaking in real life. I'm glad you think of it in such a way. Early on, I had a few people that tell me "I wanna get my character done in as many artist's styles as possible". That kind of confused me to be honest. Almost like throwing your money away on something you barely know you like or want. Like a consumer oriented mindset....art as a commodity.

And just to be clear on what a commodity is, here's wikipedia's take on it :

A commodity is a good for which there is demand, but which is supplied without qualitative differentiation across a market.[1] A commodity has full or partial fungibility; that is, the market treats it as equivalent or nearly so no matter who produces it.

Equivalent no matter who produces it...uggg...Yes...that's the vibe I got from those "as many styles as possible" types.

Thank you for breaking the mould kind sir :)
Thanatos
7 years, 5 months ago
Take a phoenix method to the approach. Create it, destroy it utterly, then re-create what was before; now better.
Whippy
7 years, 5 months ago
I like that idea. After all, some things do have to die / be destoryed in order for something new to take it's place. Or perhaps the thing gets broken down into it's component peices and remixed with other peices in order to form a new or more stable whole.
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