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Nobody wants to pay for art

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 25, 2015, 2:05 AM
Hello again, sorry for being so quiet laely... I am so sick and tired of typing with only one hand but soon.... right after easter, my cast will be removed and we can begin with physio therapy to build up muscles again and to help my wrist being able to move again, I would have never guessed this will take that long but oh well... almost there.

Today I would like to bring your attention to commission prices and the like, and to be honest - I have no idea where to get started about that. There is so many thoughts and ideas about this topic.... what I know for sure - nobody wants to pay for artwork. This is something that I always notice, people rather spend their money on different things.  I get tons of requests by people I do not know, asking for pictures for free and it is heir right to do so because with asking you never loose anything - but as soon as I say, I do not do requests, I can ever so often read between the lines that they are dissappointed, some even mad and all the sudden very unfriendly. While many people reply with a "Oh what a pity but thank you", others do not answer at all any more, which I find plain rude as they were able to talk to me before when they asked me to spent my spare free hours on a picture for them. I am happy that the majority out there remains friendly after me declining but every now and then, I am rather frustrated with those few people that are different. I know, I shouldn´t.

Another thing which is really bothering me, is the people that ask for pictures and offer "all the DA points" they have which mostly are like what... 150 points? 500 points? Okay, at least they do not expect me to work for free and again - mos of these people are very friendly and respectful snd really think, they are doing a good thing by offerening me their points. Also these people are mostly rather young and maybe do not have the needed relation to money and DA points... and to the fact that 150 DA points are actually worth nothing if you are a professional illustrator who finances part of their real life with their art.

Don´t get me wrong, there is many people here on DA that offer cheap point commissions but le´s face it - the majority not doing it because they need this money to pay their rent or whatever... I have seen many young artists offering those for experience and being able  to extend their premium memberships and / or buy something here and really, I have nothing against point commissions in general. The thing is though... customers tend to expect cheap prices for everything on DA then and of course they tend to fall over when asking me for a point commsiison and I answer them with realistic prices.

"Oh, but you are only doing 3D artwork, so why so expensive?" .... Yeah THAT is something I do not even reply to any more. Please take a closer look to my pictures (and read in the artists comments about the tools of trade!) and think about your previous sentence again.... unless you have a computer with the red magic button that you expect me to have as well... the "I make one-click-art" button... I have not found mine yet.

Ah and one last thing: In my job I am a media designer, so what I do there is not thaaaat different from what I do privately: I do creative work and some of the tools at work and at home are even the same. Working like this I know about the realsitic prices on the market out there. Believe me that most professional illustrator here on deviantArt, even the "expensive" ones are underneath those standards, many even way underneath (such as myself btw)...

No matter what medium an artist uses, we spend a good amount of time and give much from ourself for each picture. If you come and ask for a price of a individual commission or an existing picture, you will get a realistic and fair answer.

(Btw... since my commissions are closed at the moment, quite a few people ask for printing files of existing ones in my gallery or the rights for illustrations to use them for their own projects - pretty much all this money ends up being for little extras which either finance my software / hardware that I need for working on art and / or are spent together with my son such as cinema, zoo or also for example for short weekend vacation for me and him. It is like pocket money for my little family and being a single mom with a part-time job in the real world, this little extra income is always appreciated.)

Sorry for bringing this all up. As I said, a big majority of people contacting me is very very friendly and respectful but I just felt like I needed to talk about this as there are days, where it is bothering me. I know that so many people out there do not have much money (such as myself) and if it is getting tough, we all safe the amounts where we can... but also I am never willing to "sell myelf underneath the price" as we say in Germany.

Thank you for reading!


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Mavrosh Stratiotis
Artist | Professional | Varied
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Mavrosh Stratiotis, female, thirty-something years old, single, one child.

Works as media designer professionally but displays her private work only with this profile. Job is job and hobby is hobby.

:bulletpink: Preferred medium (privately): Digital mixed media. Loves texture work, character creation, lighting 3D scenes and painting digitally. Has her origins within the traditional arts actually.
:bulletpink: Artwork: Fantasy and science-fiction illustration, focussed on MALE characters since there is so many good people out there that focus on female characters. Erotic work can be found as well as violent work, so in case this is intimidating in what way ever for anyone - simply don´t look.


Please take a look at this before you send me a note, asking about commissions, trades or requests. This might answer your question beforehand. ;)

Commission Status: CLOSED
Trades: CLOSED (and if open, for friends only)
Requests: Never open for this, I am sorry.

Can Mavroshs work be used for... ?

It always depends. While I am totally fine with people taking my illustrations for RP forums to illustrate their own characters, I do not accept the following:

:bulletred: Altering, as for example deleting signature or watermark. I would like people to know who made this.
:bulletred: Uploading my work into facebook galleries. Why? Because of facebooks TOS about pictures and copyrights. Every picture has a share button beside it, you may of course use this function instead.
:bulletred: Commercial use of any kind is strictly forbidden! My lawyer will hunt you down, if you try!

And in case, your questions have not been answered here, feel free to send me a note! I don´t bite! :heart:

Katzi Stamp by MavroshBe creative stamp by ViOLeTjaniS::Insomniac Stamp:: by Sora05OCs Stamp by BowChickaBowWowRole Play stamp by Zeronixanti comparison stamp by SythgaraPull your pants up by Sergeant-McFluffersStrubbel Stamp by Siobhan68


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Sarahbeth-Lazic Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Professional Writer
Thank you so much for shoving my little snippet to your folder. :3  I know you're very busy, and I feel bad for bothering you with it all these days.  :la:  So thank you for finding the time.  :tighthug: :glomp:
FirstDarkAngel2001 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Some news for you, if you use renderosity at all:…
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SnowSultan Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Digital Artist
Thanks for the favorite! Did you know your image "The White Naga" is one of the example images shown when you submit a deviation to 3D Art -> Fantasy -> Scenes or something like that?  Congratulations!
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Ter38 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
I adore your work, and my heart gave a little thud when I saw your Commission status was closed.  There's a fleet-footed deer shapeshifter in my head that only you could ever do justice.  I follow you on facebook as well, and salivate over your males!!!  There's a one-eyed dark elf in your gallery that I'm sure my Momma warned me about . . .  
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zugaikotsu-no-joo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very mch for watching! Your work is so awesome! I feel honored! :la:

Hope your wrist get well, soon! :heart:
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Siobhan68 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awwww... danke für den tollen Favoriten! Da fühle ich mich ja geschmeichelt!
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OurakNysot Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015   Digital Artist
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TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness :wow: ~thank you so much~ for the :+fav: :heart:
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Kedori Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a great feeling to see that someone as talented as yourself has added some of my work to their favourites.  I am glad that you think "Abdomination 2" is worth adding.  Thanks.
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Frozenaccess Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Little Pixel Heart Little Pixel Heart Tag a quality deviant, You’re it! Quality doesn't mean that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how many followers you have. Send this to 10 deviants who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them! Little Pixel Heart Little Pixel Heart
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Lildemonlady Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your renders! Buuut you should offer more of them as prints! <3 I'd buy a crapton of them if more of them where offered as prints...I'd probably go broke :P
Savvid Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh mistress of the handsome elves all over the world, I thank you for faving DAI: Blackwall :heart: Very much appreciated!! :meow:
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Soldner316 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Still love your art, after all this time! :)

Quick question, and perhaps something to look into.

There is a TV show called "Defiance" its a Sci-fi show. It has a bunch of different aliens and creatures in it.
I think it would be cool if someone with your skill made a Castithan and a Irathient or any of the others. Ever thought about doing something like that?

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PizmoSF Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for adding Fabian to your "Males".
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keylek Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Hey Mavy! i just got the Calendar today! its Amazing, the print is fine too, no problems with it at all, now i just need to find somewhere nice to put it... :D
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DragonPud Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I'm looking for your commission info, but can't seem to find it. Are you currently accepting commissions?
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4steex Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the fav :)
keylek Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I am doing alright, half way through my second year of Games Design currently, Doing alright, How you coming along? cant wait for your second calendar, your first one was awesome!
DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav, dear! :hug:
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