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daviddoesntgetit January 21st, 2013, 11:14 pm

This is the cousin from Belgium I mentioned briefly once before.

I drew this comic because today he said to me, "You can do art for me, right? It's free for family, after all."

I hate, I HATE being an artist.

This is the same cousin who repeatedly makes fun of my major and tells me to find a new job because obviously my job isn't working out. Like... doing shit for his business. Like filing or being a waiter or driving a fucking food truck. Yet, despite all this, almost every time I meet him is him asking me to help him with some sort of fucking art project.

Then his fucking wife asked me to design their website, for free. I said I had no experience so they just went and bought me a really shitty online class about web design and seem to want me to learn it all and get the website itself done in about a week.

Listen up, to all you fuckers who commission artists. If you are trying so hard to find an artist to do fucking work for you, obviously that proves they are valuable and deserve money for their work.

Don't make some bullshit excuse that since we love art we shouldn't be paid. We like doing OUR art. Your fucking bullshit? Kills me. Inside. Every time. You're basically paying for the opportunity to fucking murder me.

Also. Being an artist does not mean I can do every single field of art. Yes, it's amazing. I know. I somehow am unable to screen print, make molds, paint a mural, design your shit business, do paper craft, and give you a free television series all at the same time. It's goddamned amazing, I know.

My favorite advice this week on how to make it as an artist.

"I've seen my kids watching those Youtube videos and those KIDS are making these videos and are just so rich! Maybe you should do something like that, if you just put a video online, you'll be famous. Have you even tried that? How about Twitter? I know my daughter uses Twitter. My friend on Twitter sent me this HILARIOUS clip of that movie, 'Parental Guidance'. You should look it up!"

Also, note to everyone in the goddamn world. No, I do not want to do face painting at your kid's shitty birthday.

(I lied slightly. I do know screen printing, mold making, painting, some illustrator, paper craft, and filming. I just didn't pick them as my major for a reason, alright, you fucker? Got me?)

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MacDerp January 22nd, 2013, 12:08 am

gotta love that one person in the family that acts like an ass

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Knightly January 22nd, 2013, 1:56 am

Wow! They really got you worked up. Did anyone ever tell you, you are cute when you are angry? :P

Anyway I didn't like this guy. During entier comic my brain was chanting the same line "Punch in the face!".

It is amazing she bought you online class. Why didn't she take them herself and do her own shit? *sigh* Sometimes I believe my antisocial side is a gift from God so I don't have to deal people like that so much. Believe me they are everywhere.

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Dumah January 22nd, 2013, 7:21 am

My mom does this to me all the fucking time! Draw this, draw that-- I explain that I've never drawn a dog before in my life-- "it's easy, just copy this picture!" IF IT'S SO EASY, DO IT YOUR- FUCKING -SELF. She even disses my comic, says shit like "oh you're drawing your little people again?"

I'm with you. I can draw, paint, sculpt, etc., but that does not mean I want to make anyone else's art for them. Also, your cousin is a dick and I hope he gets kicked in the nuts and punched in the face by his perfect kids one day.

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Paperette January 22nd, 2013, 1:06 pm

"What. The. Hell. Is his PROBLEM?!" was the first thing that came to mind when I read your comic. Then I read your comment, and thought "KILLLLLLLLLLLL"
Your cousin is a complete ass!! >:[

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Lonely Heartless January 22nd, 2013, 4:10 pm

why don't you just slap him ? I would slap him :|

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D-KeyNote January 22nd, 2013, 8:28 pm

Thank you for this, David.
I've always felt like an ass for trying to refuse a commission because i felt either a. I wasn't good enough (when they offered a price), or b. they wouldn't appreciate my work (when they asked for free).
I've heard variations of this advice before from other artists, but they were usually dozens of levels beyond me, so the words were always empty or didnt seem to apply to my situation. It's like, "yeah, I should be able to negotiate the terms of my own work, but my work wouldn't give da Vinci a run for his money."
But to hear it from someone with a simplistic comic, who doesn't publish his best in order to impress people and justify himself, who doesn't apologise for being exactly who and where he is--that is inspiration and a good wake-up call for people wallowing in worthlessness and self-pity.
Really sorry if that was a bit much. I enjoy your comic.

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roxjey January 23rd, 2013, 6:13 pm

gosh the bad thing about my family is that theres a lot of people like him in it and i cant say anything cuz then my parents would be mad a t me for speaking up
sighhh

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daviddoesntgetit January 23rd, 2013, 7:05 pm

@MacDerp: No love for him.

@Knightly: Haha, absolutely not. I did have a group of friends that thought it'd be funny to tease me when I was really angry, which only made me angrier. We are no longer friends, haha.

I completely agree! If you think it's so easy, you fucking do it! The course is a series of PDF documents making slightly less useful than Wikihowto. Good job charging 777 for this, guys.

Haha, well. They're family, I can't exactly avoid them. Or, as a racist friend of Miriam would say, "Don't think just because you're Asian you can use your family obligation as an excuse."

@Dumah: Hahahaha. I really don't know what people expect of us, like it didn't take us effort to become good, we were just good since birth.

Haha, I get that same flack when I have to avoid social obligations to get the comic done.

I hope the same for him also.

@Paperette: Haha. Yeah... yeah, he is.

@Lonely Heartless: Haha, that would make every family event from then on awkward. Maybe on his deathbed.

@D-KeyNote: Ah, I remember that feeling. When I first started working, I took every project I could before realizing I was screwing myself over. Haha.

Whatever, man. We're not all the best artist in the world, so if people want your work, they better pay for it. Sure, there are other artists out there, but we're the one they're coming to so they have to suck it up.

Haha, it wasn't much at all. That was an interesting read, glad someone got something from my rantings. Haha. Good luck in the future.

@roxjey: To be honest, it's hard for me also to hold my tongue, haha. It's very Northern Vietnamese to repress any bad comments I might have but I grew up calling people out on their shit.

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hyeonmu January 25th, 2013, 4:26 am

I guess we all have certain points in art we are passionate about, but I agree those kinds of people do stir up some negativity in me... I can understand some of the generalizations that come with having an "art" major. Kind of like how a microbiologist could get grouped into a geneticist - some similarities, but... still a bit different.

So when declining people such as family members, I just say "No/no thank you" when I don't want to. And when they ask why not, I say "I don't want to" usually. It makes people frustrated with me and they usually don't ask again, ahaha.

"I love art so much I should get paid for it because this brush was 40 dollars and these paints were 12 apiece, and I have to pay for bills and food... I'd like keep do art longer than I would if I didn't have food or supplies."

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daviddoesntgetit January 28th, 2013, 11:37 pm

@hyeonmu: Haha, yeah. It's just annoying how entitled they feel, it almost gives the impression that at some point they think, "Oh, you have a talent? Being related to you is finally paying off." Hahaha.

God, yeah. I'm thankful I don't have to worry about constantly buying supplies, but I still have to keep my equipment up to date and that still costs a pretty penny. Haha.

It's always fun when I complain about the price of art supplies and they tell me I can buy those great plastic brushes for cheap. Hahahaha. Especially for water colors.

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MilkChii January 29th, 2013, 2:36 pm

@daviddoesntgetit: :[ I hate when that happens. Slowly my family is learning but before yes...

Many parties we had always got to the topic of "You can make me some stuff right? And free ofcourse hahaha.. yes.."

And when I explained that I was very busy and couldn't make a freaking comic about some kind of cigarette bum who for some reason went skiing they just stared and said... "Oh.. but all you have to do is click on some buttons right? Since that is all you have to do..."

UGH! Now I am all worked up again!
ffff stupid people.

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yaoi4evandnevayuri January 29th, 2013, 4:30 pm

@daviddoesntgetit: Man, I hope I find this rant on your tumblr. Cuz it's beautiful. I feel the same way about people in my family wanting something for free, or people commissioning me and wanting extra for free. Naw, you ain't about to murder me. *z snaps*

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daviddoesntgetit February 4th, 2013, 6:08 pm

@MilkChii: HAHAHA. What is that story?! I'm so curious, now you have you to draw it because it sounds amazing.

Haha. I really enjoy people who say art on the computer is cheating. I knew sculpture majors that thought computers were a pain in the ass and said, "We don't have this trouble in nature!" But that's 'cause all sculpture majors are tree huggers, haha.

@yaoi4evandnevayuri: Haha, keep your head up and good luck!

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Sir April 4th, 2013, 1:51 pm

I get that every so often, too. (Face painting, ad design, or something off the wall I have no idea how to do, and for free.)

As to getting paid for your art; I recently heard this advice from someone in an Artist Alley: If you sell too cheap, it sends the message out that you don't value your work or the effort you put into it, so why should they purchase it?

And people tend to group certain skills and jobs up. Like scientists, doctors, artists, lawyers, etc. Even though they all actually tend to focus on a particular aspect of their generalized field.