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March 24, 2011


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When people ask me to draw someone...

People on here, Facebook, etc often ask me to draw a certain celebrity for them, because they really like that person. If it’s someone I have been planning and wanting to draw, but have yet to draw, I will consider it BUT ONLY IF I can find an great reference photo of that person. If I don’t like the celebrity, there is no way I’m drawing them, and it is usually for their core beliefs, although I have made exceptions in the past. If I’ve never heard of the person or do NOT feel “inspired” to draw them, I also cannot bring myself to draw them either, as I will not enjoy it, or do my best work.

Here are the reasons why...I invest between 7 and 10 hours of my life into each drawing, and it’s always my “free time”. First of all, I have NEVER run out of inspiring people I want to draw myself. In fact, at any given time, I have several dozen photos saved of the people I want to draw next. Why would I want to draw someone I don’t know, when I always have so many photos that I’m dying to draw? I don’t think folks realize that an artist needs to be inspired by their subject to do their best work, but also in order to enjoy the process. I can tell you that the act of merely drawing is not enjoyable for me. In order to get pleasure from drawing, it MUST be a fantastic reference photo FIRST, and secondly, I have to at least admire the subject. When I have BOTH a great reference photo AND an inspiring subject, I can do my best work, and it is pure bliss for me. If I have neither, it’s a painful JOB, and the whole time I’m drawing, I am wishing I could be drawing someone I really do want to draw. I’ve experienced this only a few times with commission work. In fact, now when I do commission work, I MUST find a way to be inspired, or it will be a dreadful process, even if the photo meets my requirements. See my Commission Guideline for what I mean regarding reference photos

By the time I get finished with a drawing, no matter if it’s my favorite actor, I am tired of drawing that particular drawing. You can only imagine if I was forced to draw someone I could care less about, how laborious it would be?

So, I made this document to share with people who constantly ask me to draw a certain person. Hopefully this explains it so that they understand, and don’t have hurt feelings?

~ Your Pencil Buddy ~
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Andrew Belle
  • Drinking: Monster
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TatyanaClark Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
<font><font class="">Я вас понимаю) Вдохновение очень важную вещь для художника) Например, я вообще не хотел бы обратить женщин, я люблю мужчин, и я вдохновлен их изображений), я могу нарисовать портрет моей подругой на ее день рождения, но это не будет приятно, и Поэтому я не уверен, что это будет хороший портрет.Usually актеры имеют отличные сталкивается для фотографий, Они вдохновляют роли и в образах, которые присутствуют на экране.Anyway, люди, которые мы любим и которыми мы восхищаемся очень легко нарисовать)</font></font>
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, people we like are more enjoyable to draw, but I am FIRST inspired by a GREAT PHOTO over anything else! :D
dreerose Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must say I have never been asked to do a request other than a commission, but even that gets dull if you have no interest in the subject. I am the same as you I have at least 50 ref ready for my next draw & I can't wait to get on it! Thanx Rick for all your handy tips etc - they have been most helpful to me
beckhanson Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
i'm so glad to see someone else post something in response to annoying requests. it seems whenever i meet someone new and they discover that i am a pencil artist, the FIRST thing they say is, "hey man, you should totally draw my dead dog!" or "duuuuude, you should totally draw my next tattoo!! i'm thinking a full back piece. i get the friend discount, right???" it drives me crazy, especially because they have no intention of paying me to do this. but i really don't want to spend my time drawing these things anyway. and i'm definitely not a tattoo artist. i could draw a realistic portrait on paper, but it's up to the TATTOO artist to make it not look completely jacked up when it's on their skin. and i'm definitely not going to spend my free time trying to figure out how you want your silly wolf howling at the moon tattoo to look.
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha yes, I cannot stand it! Recently had a guy I have not seen in 30 years facebook me to do his tattoo design? When I DO take commission work, I make them give me a good photo and send them here for how to pick a photo [link]
Then here for guidelines! HA! [link]
These may help you? :D:D
CTRLANNADEL Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
You are so right, couldn't have said it better. You get this special feeling of excitement and eagerness to draw someone, with some people, often you're not exactly sure why. It's a spontaneous, organic thing, and you can't choose who or what it happens with. People who ask artists to do portraits of them, or people they like, don't usually understand that.
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish they did! :D:D
MickeyTheSaviour Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True thing... inspiration is needed to do the best work. Other wise it's all a waste and keep the inspiration for future works also stuck..

PS: would you mind if I re-used this? [not as my own ;) ]
Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure :D
Sid45ultra9292 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
garsh i completely agree, i've even found that money can't motivate me to draw someone i don't want to. Hell, i've gone for weeks without drawing anybody for lack of inspiration or enthusiasm.
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