It is not easy to be an artist on the internet - people feel free to steal your art left and right without giving you credit (go check out Imgur, Reddit, 9gag, iFunny, Facebook, etc. and you will be shocked at the amount of art that gets posted with no indication of who made it) and no one really values what you do as "work." It doesn't matter if you're an illustrator, a musician, or you make crafts - people feel entitled to what you do, and with DISTURBING frequency think offering artists "exposure" is a worthy trade to get custom work from them.
After seeing a few of these exchanges, we felt compelled to show off some of the worst, most insane ones. Reminder: artists put in real work into their craft, and you should be willing to either pay them or go f*ck off. Seriously.
1. What really makes this exchange from DeviantArt work so well is the last line. This artist is more polite than anyone I've ever encountered online.
2. "TEACH ME HOW TO BE AN ARTIST OR I WILL SEND THE YAKUZA AFTER YOU" is a very normal request, not sure why anyone would find this weird.
"my dad knows the leader of the yakuza" pic.twitter.com/6mOJwzY7HX-- For Exposure (@forexposure_txt) January 5, 2018
3. Saying "i am not being rude i am using logic" is the clearest sign ever that a person is both being rude and not using logic at all.
4. "You are acting so entitled. Now make me something for free, because I want it."
You can't expect to get paid for everything you do, sometimes you just have to do your job. pic.twitter.com/QCTRADCebe-- For Exposure (@forexposure_txt) August 31, 2016
5. Yo, never EVER mess with Thomas the Tank Engine superfans. Seriously. I am legitimately not joking here.
6. If you are the one asking an artist to make something customized for you, accept their price is what it is. You either are willing to spend money on something, or you're not. Don't devalue their time and talent. Respect artists, respect people, and NEVER BE THIS PERSON.