Today has been a really dark day for me so I uninstalled all my social media except my messenger for important reasons.
There was a guy looking for an artist and I my friend asked if she could suggest him to talk to me if I was okay with it. I said yes but I received some terrible news (something unrelated to this and why I uninstalled the social medias) afterwards so I was extremely demotivated. Regardless I still wanted to discuss the guy’s project with him even if a bit since I had already taken up the offer. I have no social media presence but I thought I shouldn’t use this as an excuse to be “unprofessional”.
I tried compose myself and asked him about his project because my first move is to ALWAYS learn about the project and the author first. Not money.
Just ignored everything I said and asked and went “Artstyle first. Can you draw like this?”
He sent me pictures of Warrick Wong’s artwork.
If you don’t know who he is, his art style is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, he’s a legend, I love his art and did I mention I love his art?
I appreciate people who have a crystal clear idea of what they are going for and what they want but this?? It was a one way communication. I doubt he even read the messages I was sending. Its like he expects every artist to produce the same kind of quality content.
I try to reason that Warrick Wong is a whole different league and you just can’t FIND someone like him to work for you!
He says ok and continues to send me more PROFESSIONAL LEVEL art work that are all pretty much hyper realistic. He was giving off the vibe of “What about this? Can you do this? I mean you’re an artist right?” clearly not interested to answer my questions.
You might wanna note he hasn’t even said the NAME of his project yet.
I was starting to get angry and this was just another stress piling up on the load.
He asks me to send one of my art because he’s sure he’ll find something for me to do even if I can’t be Warrick Wong. I don’t know why I sent an artwork and he just goes like, “this is great! Can you do the concept art blah blah blah” (blah blah cause I was too angry to read the rest properly and this is all I remember) already going about what I should start doing first without even answering my queries.
I was so angry I wanted to spew every single curse word I learnt even that one word my German friend taught me. But my mom had always told me to never be rude to your elders and respect them. This guy seemed older than me so instead I messaged this.
“””Well on second thought, I don't think I'd like to take part in this collaboration to be honest. You probably don't know this but as someone who's been in the art community for years, we approach collaboration projects because either because we're curious about the story itself and we want to bring the story to life or we admire the person in general.
When I asked about your project you right off the bat asked me if I could draw like Warrick Wong of all people and proceed to send hyperrealistic art that most of the time only professionals can do. You neither bothered sharing your story nor tried to check my capabilities first so I'd like to politely decline.
In all honesty, I've been in a collaboration before and I was treated like a machine to pump out art and this feels like one of those. I'm not saying it is, I could be wrong, but I feel like this conversation started off at the wrong foot so I hope you'll find someone who has what you're looking for.””””
Although I’m a bit worried… Do I seem to disrespectful in the reply? I really tried to restrain myself. And the fact that I used the word “art community” I’m worried if I was wrong to represent such a big community like this since it might not be my place to do so. Do tell me if I sound petty here…
I don’t want to make the same mistake again.
That’s it for my rant…. Really wanted to get this off my chest. It made me so fucking angry because it didn't feel like a collaboration. It felt like "do this for me now. No buts." kind of thing
EDIT: Just to clear the confusion the sequence went like
I said yes to a random guy for collaboration
I received the terrible news
THEN I received the message from the guy
So I couldn't say no to not talk to him at least
EDIT 2: Thanks for all the feedback/response guys! Honestly now that I think about it, it's wasn't really as bad of a situation as my mind me think. I guess there's still a lot left for me to learn but I really appreciate all of you here ^-^ you guys really help me grow as a person. I'm ready to tackle anything I lack head on so again, thank you for the honest feedback.