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 its 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 dont like the celebrity, there is no way Im drawing them, and it is usually for their core beliefs, although I have made exceptions in the past. If Ive 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 its 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 dont know, when I always have so many photos that Im dying to draw? I dont 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, its a painful JOB, and the whole time Im drawing, I am wishing I could be drawing someone I really do want to draw. Ive 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 [link]
By the time I get finished with a drawing, no matter if its 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 dont have hurt feelings?
~ Your Pencil Buddy ~