Okay guys, I just wanna say something really fast. And I am going to be a bit honest with you. And no no....this is not aimed at any specific person. So if you think I am "talking" about you. I am not.
I feel like a jerk, telling people "no".
And I get a bit tired of repeating myself. As most people do.
Why am I sharing this with you?
I get comments, notes, etc asking for these things. Fairly often......
Guys, if you look at my Featured Deviation, at the top left of my profile. You see underneath the image, in great big letters;
Commission/Art Status †*Updated 4/10/2013*
Art Trades ---- Closed/Reserved for Friends
Requests ---- Closed/reserved for Friends.
Collaborations ---- Closed/reserved for Friends.
It's right there. Right there for all to read. At the top of my page, in great big letters. I tried to make it very noticeable without having to surround it with; !!!!OMGSparklies!!!!
† LOL I made myself laugh with that XD
..... So..... Before you ask me for a trade, a commission, a request, anything. Please look at that art status. If it says "Closed", then I am closed
. If it says "Open", then by all means, ask me for a drawing!
If we make a deal, I'd add you to the list!
And I usually put a date for when I update it, so you know if I have currently updated my status, or if things haven't changed since the LAST time I updated. I try to keep on tabs with that thing for you guys.
I am tired of saying "I am sorry, but at this point in time †my Trades/etc... are closed. But thank you for considering me! "
I feel like a jerk. And I get a bit frustrated because, again, I posted it in GREAT big letters on the top of my page. I know that most of you can read. You're on the internet. A majority of the content you find on the internet, you read.
And if it says I am closed, and you see me doing a trade with someone? It's probably because I am doing a trade with a friend of mine. Or it's a spontaneous trade that I feel like doing or I ask for.
As it says in my art status; " Art Trades ---- Closed/Reserved for Friends "
Reserved for friends.
What does that mean?
It means that I will sometimes do a trade with someone that I am friends with. Now don't go trying to become friends with me just so you can get a trade. No, no. These people are people that I have known, talked to, and respect for a while, sometimes even years. Friendship is earned, not asked for. So don't go asking to be friends either. If we become friends, then we become friends. I usually try to be very nice to everyone.
I also do trades with artists I respect. Even admire. †So I will do a trade with such people as well.
Here's a message Copy/pasted from another journal of mine;
1. "Can we please do a trade?"
As fun as trades are...And there are some people I'd like to ask for a trade...... I only really do trades with good friends these days. Meaning, I'd have to know you for a while.
Or perhaps I'd do †a trade with another artist that I am interested in trading with (An artist I myself admire, respect, etc...)
So, please, Unless I post a journal stating that I'd be open to trades(and I have been thinking of doing that lately for funzies!! ), please don't ask me. Just keep your eyes out for announcements and such.
OR!!! Sometimes, I may just go and ask a person to do a trade with me! You never know!!! Trades are fairly fun.
"Does this mean we will never do a trade DJ?"
No, no †some time, when I feel like it..... I will post a journal announcing that I will be accepting †trades. I'd make a list, update when slots are filled. And then announce that trades are closed again when all the slots are filled. Then I will proceed to do the trades for those people.
So Trades are not completely ruled out. Don't worry about it
just keep an eye out for whenever I make a journal announcing that I am accepting trades!
Also, I feel like I should add this. And I am sure some of you can sympathize with me on this.....Guys, I have mixed feelings about trades in general. While very fun, I have been ripped off in the past. Which is one reason why I don't usually do trades at all. And I was ripped off by people whom I was excited to do a trade(s) with. †I can understand a couple of them, maybe they had a kid, maybe got married, got busy with schooling, had other priorities other than art... sure. It's a bummer really. I was really looking forward to their half, I completed my half(s), etc... Oh well, you move on. Don't hold a grudge. It's whatever.
Though that was long ago, and not everyone is like that. I just have it in the back of my mind, "Hmmm.....I wonder if this person is going to rip me off or not.....".
Anyways, I am not sure what else to add to all of that.
I hope I did not offend anyone (though again, this is not really aimed at any specific person.....). I hope I did not come off as bitchy. "Okay guys, I just wanna say something really fast."
Pfff. yeah. this turned out to be longer than I had planned LOL As usual.
Any ways, thanks for reading and have a good one!