I know this may seem hypocritical to some, especially since previously I told all of you I am more than glad to take requests from anyone because it gives me a chance to do different things I myself couldn't conceive. But today it stops. This is one of those rare instances where a few bad people can ruin it for everyone else. Let me explain why.
While there were some enjoyable people to work with, the cold truth is that there were far too many more that seemed to be under the impression that I owed them this. To these individuals, I was not doing them a favor, I owed them this service. Let me take the time to clarify: I do not owe you anything. I did requests out of a kindness toward others, which some of you seemed too eager to abuse. I've had people think that my requests were my top priority in life, and would email me every hour for updates. I've had people complain that they wanted to remove my watermark from their requests, because they thought since it was their idea-- I shouldn't be taking credit for the artistic effort I had to invest in it (according to these individuals, they should be able to claim the art as their own). I've also had people request that I draw fetishist art OF MYSELF, I don't know why and I don't want to know. Lastly, I have had people approach me for a request and simply write rude things like "do this, kthnxbai". (If you're sincerely wanting something done, you should be courteous and nice about it. Instead of making a curt demand. People are more willing to do something if you make an effort to ask, rather then tell them.)
Maybe all of these things make me seem overly sensitive, but all of these experiences have also been the main element that has taken the joy away from what I once had a passion for doing. The thing is, if it were only one or two people I wouldn't really care, but I've been doing requests for years and I found that these incidents weren't isolated, no, they are very common and very discouraging. Earlier this year I started a policy of only working on requests from my friends and frankly, it has replenished my enjoyment once more.
You could argue that not everyone is like this, and yes-- there are plenty of people out there that are courteous and grateful for requests. But as many of you have noticed, I haven't even been able to draw as much as I used to. That means I no longer have the time or the patience I once could spare for these things anymore.