Illustrations by Casey Webb
This article is based upon things that actual artists have been told- most of which by friends and family. As an artist, it’s a bit upsetting and yet frustratingly humorous just how many of these I can personally relate to. What’s with this stigma about artists? People are either extremely impressed or incredibly discouraging regarding art being a vocation. This is only part 1 of this post, for more, check out part 2 here.
1. “Make one for me!”
Pay me! This took time and money, you know, not to mention a lot of practice.
2. “You’re so lucky!”
Practice is hard work, not luck.
3. “That’s a hobby not a job.”
If you make money from it and have responsibilities, then it’s a job.
4. “What’s your real job?”
Astronaut cowboy millionaire.
5. “It must be nice sitting around doing nothing all day.”
For art to be considered doing “nothing” it sure seems hard for a lot of people to do.
6. “I wish I had that much time on my hands.”
Sorry I spent my free time crafting a skill rather than just sitting on the couch in front of the TV.
7. “You’re just wasting your time.”
If doing something I love and trying to make my dreams come true is a waste, then I don’t know what isn’t a waste of time.
8. “Will you make my yard sale signs for me?”
Are you serious?
9. “You can make stuff anytime, do this instead…”
No, I can’t, because people like you, who assume that I have all the time in the world, won’t stop interrupting me. Ahhh!
10. “Your art looks just like this other artist’s.”
Um, nope. No it does not.
11. “Will you make a knock off of some other artist’s work for me?”
How about you just go buy it from them instead of asking me to disrespectfully ripoff a fellow artist? It’s also pretty presumptions to assume that I would give you a better deal for my time than they would anyways.
12. “You should draw this and this and this…”
No and no and no.
13. “You should do this for free to gain exposure.”
And this would be why artists have a hard time making a living. Maybe you should go volunteer some extra hours at your day job for extra exposure to your boss. Maybe it’ll land you more work to do for free!
14. “I can get that for cheaper at Walmart.”
Yeah, and you can also get something made by exploited workers that hurts the economy and goes straight to big corporations! What you can’t buy there is a few-of-a-kind item that supports independent artists/small businesses and, therefore, helps the economy.
15. “Will you make me a custom version of this but for the same price?”
Create something entirely new for you and only you, and go through multiple revisions for the same price as something as-is?
16. “I want this and I need it done by next week.”
Never mind that I’m busy and there’s plenty of orders ahead of your’s.
17. “I’m going to need another revision done on this custom order”
It would have been a lot easier to make the second revision at the same time that I was making the first, if only you had told me before I made the second finalized image. Please, speak now or forever hold your peace.
18. “Are you done yet?”
Is it just me, or do people think artists just snap their fingers and they’re done?
19. “What is it?”
20. “That’s not art.”
21. “People buy that?”
Yes, people buy cigarettes too. Are you surprised that my work is at least as good as something that can kill you?
22. “What are you smoking?”
You can be creative without drugs, you know.
23. “It must be nice living in your own little dream world.”
It’s a hell of a lot better than living in your bland and boring world.
24. “I guess anyone can call themselves an artist.”
And I guess anyone can say their unwarranted, uneducated opinion about anything and everything whenever they want.
25. And finally, “You can’t make money being an artist.”
Is that why everything around us is designed by creative minds? From the print on your shower curtain to the graphic design on your tooth paste tube?
There’s more!.. To read part 2, click here. Let us know what you think in the comments.
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