There are a couple of points I'd like to talk about tonight, and I have no idea how it's going to turn out... But here's to hoping I get some sort of mental sorting done with this because it's bugging me.
Both topics are about something I'm mindlessly addicted to...
Now, I know I've asked about this before, and pointed it out to a few people when it happens and I sit there in awe and frustration...
Tonight, I noticed a couple of things. The first, was that I broke 10 THOUSAND submission views. Yay! People are looking at the art that I've purchased! :D
The second thing was... and, okay, I know I've pointed this out a few times to a few friends, but it's never been to this scale... The thing is... is that a single commissioned picture in my gallery makes up about 15% of my total submission views. I posted this picture two days ago. About 1500 views in two days. No other picture I've (re)posted has ever gotten this amount of attention. I believe with all of my heart that the artist that made that picture deserves those views, favorites, and watches... a lot more than I do. In a way, I feel like my only hope at this point is that in the unlikely event that they haven't already watched this artist, that they found the link to the artist's page at the bottom of my description, and went there on their own.
Is it normal to feel bad about people liking something in my gallery like this? I re-post the art I commission for two reasons. One, to keep it up somewhere that I can see in the event that my computer violently implodes. Two, to share it with my friends (and the public), in hopes that they can get some joy out of it, just as I have... Maybe I'm thinking about this too deeply... Either way, I'd appreciate some opinions on this topic. Is it a bad thing to re-post commissions? Is it good? Is it dependent on other factors? I don't know!
The second topic I'd like to talk about, is sort of a follow up on something I read tonight.
If you call a reputable plumber - one who is known to do good, reliable work for fair prices - to fix your pipes... Do you treat them like trash? No, probably not. You want them to do good work. That's what you're paying them for, right? Right...
If you hire a talented interior decorator... someone that you're perhaps even familiar with (or at least you've seen their work and have enjoyed what you've seen). They get the required details, talk about the work they're going to do, and when the work is well under way... you add more, and more, and don't expect them to charge you anything for it. Is this okay? No, probably not. They're a professional. They have a fee. They do work, you pay for it. Adding more work, means giving them more money. Right? Right...
WHY DO PEOPLE EVER THINK IT'S OKAY TO TREAT AN ARTIST LIKE THIS!?
Am I just stupid? Did I miss some sort of memo that was meant to give me permission to treat the people who are doing work for me, like they're my personal slave? Like their entire purpose in life is to tickle my funny parts until I'm satisfied? No, I'm pretty sure I didn't miss any memo.... But if I did, please, someone tell me so I can have my funny parts tickled.
I may be a little bit biased here, considering where I work (if you don't know where, it's not hard to find out), but even before I got the job I never thought it was okay to walk into any business (or anywhere really) and tell them off, threaten them, and say things that in some places might get you thrown out, arrested, or maybe even beat down.
Why is it that people think they can get away with these things? Why do artists get abused and burned like this? If you're paying someone to create art for you, doesn't it make sense to try and be friendly with them so they're in a good mood when working with you?
Hell, when customers at my store are friendly and joke around with me when I'm helping them, I bend over backwards and do things for them that are FAR beyond my job description. For my good customers, I'm like some sort of retail tech support super agent.
For those that yell at me, or belittle me, or even go as far as to scream abusively at me? "Sorry, we don't have a tech support department, you may want to try [Insert expensive place here] for that kind of thing."
It blows my fucking mind that people can treat professionals like this, and get away with very little repercussions.
... Anywho. Thanks for reading, if you did. If you didn't? Well.. then you're probably not reading this either.
... If you did read that but not the post, then... Well... I don't know. Fuck you for trying to trick me or something.